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Our vision and work

The Oxford Character Project is an interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Oxford, dedicated to the cultivation of character and responsible leadership.

Led by Dr Edward Brooks, we join cutting edge industry research with the design and delivery of character and leadership development programmes.


Character and responsible leadership

There is a pressing need for leaders in all settings who take responsibility to advance the flourishing of organisations, society and the natural environment. At the heart of such leadership is character—intellectual, relational and moral qualities such as creativity, humility, empathy, compassion, courage and hope. With effort, these qualities can be developed over time. They enable leaders to think with clarity in the midst of complexity, embrace collaboration and diversity, and persevere through difficulty.

Founded in 2014, our team of research and teaching fellows combine practical expertise in programme design and delivery with academic insight from across disciplines. We seek to contribute to knowledge through journal articles, books and reports; and we deliver programmes at Oxford and in other universities and commercial organisations.


Industry research

Our research explores the empirical and conceptual dimensions of character and leadership, combining insights from the humanities and social sciences with new advances in measurement technologies.

We are currently undertaking a major (£2.5m) industry research project on culture, character and leadership in organisations and business sectors. Funded by the John Templeton Foundation and in partnership with the Forward Institute, we seek to identify the character qualities that are most important for leaders and understand how they are developed in relation to the moral ecosystems of organisations and sectors. Our focus is on technology, financial services and law as well as business widely understood.

More on our research here.


Oxford programmes

Our leadership development programmes integrate proven character-based strategies to help students and professionals to navigate complexity and uncertainty, enabling them to engage challenges, lead across boundaries and contribute positively to organisations and society.

Our core Oxford programmes are the Global Leadership Initiative, a seven-month extra-curricular programme for diverse cohorts of postgraduate students, and the Global Leadership Challenge, delivered in conjunction with the St Gallen Symposium.


Global partnerships

We work in active partnership with the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, the Character of Leadership Program at the University of Hong Kong, LSE Life at the London School of Economics, and the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University.

We recently led a consultation on character education in universities, involving academic specialists and university educators from the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. We have also given invited talks and delivered character and leadership development programmes for universities and commercial organisations globally. Recent organisations include the Europaeum network of seventeen leading European universities and Global Social Leaders.

'The Oxford Character Project’s Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) has been key to my development and growth at Oxford. The varied readings, the leaderships forums, guest dinners and discussions are a huge privilege but more importantly, genuinely educational. What has impressed me is the spirit of discovery and that we all have something to learn from each other. Leadership is a word often used, too little probed. The GLI has helped me to unpick my assumptions about leadership and has facilitated moments of epiphany - I now am better able to understand and articulate my leadership and the service I can bring to the world.'

Zahra Latif
Masters of Public Policy Student at the Blavatnik School of Government, 2015-2016

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    Ed Brooks

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    Dr Edward Brooks is the Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project. His research lies at the intersection of virtue ethics, character and leadership development. Particular interests include the relationship between character and culture in commercial organisations, leadership for human flourishing, exemplarist moral theory, the virtue of hope, and character and leadership development in universities and businesses. Edward heads the research and programmes of the Oxford Character Project and has designed and delivered character and leadership development programmes for universities and commercial organisations around the world. Beyond Oxford he is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Education and Social Justice at the University of Birmingham. He is currently working on a book on the virtue of hope and an edited volume on The Arts of Leading: Perspectives from the Humanities and Liberal Arts. A competitive marathon runner, a book he would love to write is on character, leadership and long distance running.

    Ed Brooks

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    Dr Edward Brooks is the Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project. His research lies at the intersection of virtue ethics, character and leadership development. Particular interests include the relationship between character and culture in commercial organisations, leadership for human flourishing, exemplarist moral theory, the virtue of hope, and character and leadership development in universities and businesses. Edward heads the research and programmes of the Oxford Character Project and has designed and delivered character and leadership development programmes for universities and commercial organisations around the world. Beyond Oxford he is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Education and Social Justice at the University of Birmingham. He is currently working on a book on the virtue of hope and an edited volume on The Arts of Leading: Perspectives from the Humanities and Liberal Arts. A competitive marathon runner, a book he would love to write is on character, leadership and long distance running.

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    Emmie Bidston

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    Emmie Bidston is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. Emmie studied Economics at the University of Cambridge before working for the UK civil service in a range of areas from education to contingency planning. She is currently head of Economics at Wellington College and Director of the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute. She co-founded a charity to help develop young leaders in Africa and runs conferences, coaching and leadership training for adults and young people. She has co-authored a book with Katy Granville-Chapman, Leader: know, love and inspire your people.

    Emmie Bidston

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    Emmie Bidston is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. Emmie studied Economics at the University of Cambridge before working for the UK civil service in a range of areas from education to contingency planning. She is currently head of Economics at Wellington College and Director of the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute. She co-founded a charity to help develop young leaders in Africa and runs conferences, coaching and leadership training for adults and young people. She has co-authored a book with Katy Granville-Chapman, Leader: know, love and inspire your people.

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    Jonathan Brant

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    Dr Jonathan Brant is the Founding Director of the Oxford Character Project, having established and led the team as well as engaged in academic research as a member of Oxford University’s Theology Faculty and Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College. Jonathan is also head of the Oxford Pastorate with overall responsibility for leading a team serving in the postgraduate community. He wrote a DPhil in Theology at Trinity College, Oxford (monograph by Oxford University Press) which drew upon systematic theology, film theory and qualitative research in considering the potential religious impact of contemporary Latin American cinema. Prior to coming to Oxford, Jonathan worked for Anglican churches in London and South America and is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction. He is married to Tricia and has a teenage son, Isaac.

    Jonathan Brant

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    Dr Jonathan Brant is the Founding Director of the Oxford Character Project, having established and led the team as well as engaged in academic research as a member of Oxford University’s Theology Faculty and Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College. Jonathan is also head of the Oxford Pastorate with overall responsibility for leading a team serving in the postgraduate community. He wrote a DPhil in Theology at Trinity College, Oxford (monograph by Oxford University Press) which drew upon systematic theology, film theory and qualitative research in considering the potential religious impact of contemporary Latin American cinema. Prior to coming to Oxford, Jonathan worked for Anglican churches in London and South America and is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction. He is married to Tricia and has a teenage son, Isaac.

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    Jess Brown

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    Jess Brown is the Project Officer for the Oxford Character project. She is also studying part time for a Doctorate in Education where her research focuses on access to higher education and social theory. Jess has a background in research project management and administration and has previously worked in the Faculty of Law and for the non-profit organization, Education Development Trust. Jess holds a BA (hons) and MHist in History from the University of Manchester and an MA in Education from Oxford Brookes University. In a former life Jess competed as a full time athlete in rowing, holding several British records and winning the European Universities regatta on two occasions. Jess now enjoys marathon running, cycling, gardening, cooking and exploring the Cotswolds.

    Jess Brown

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    Jess Brown is the Project Officer for the Oxford Character project. She is also studying part time for a Doctorate in Education where her research focuses on access to higher education and social theory. Jess has a background in research project management and administration and has previously worked in the Faculty of Law and for the non-profit organization, Education Development Trust. Jess holds a BA (hons) and MHist in History from the University of Manchester and an MA in Education from Oxford Brookes University. In a former life Jess competed as a full time athlete in rowing, holding several British records and winning the European Universities regatta on two occasions. Jess now enjoys marathon running, cycling, gardening, cooking and exploring the Cotswolds.

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    Edward David

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    Dr Edward David is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project, researching responsible leadership and character development. Edward is also an academic consultant for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme, contributing to a suite of management and leadership development courses for entrepreneurs, including Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women programme on Coursera. Edward also publishes in the field of law and religion, and has a monograph on corporate religious liberty with Palgrave Macmillan. Edward holds a degree in music and business from New York University as well as graduate degrees in theology from the University of Oxford.

    Edward David

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    Dr Edward David is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project, researching responsible leadership and character development. Edward is also an academic consultant for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme, contributing to a suite of management and leadership development courses for entrepreneurs, including Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women programme on Coursera. Edward also publishes in the field of law and religion, and has a monograph on corporate religious liberty with Palgrave Macmillan. Edward holds a degree in music and business from New York University as well as graduate degrees in theology from the University of Oxford.

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    Katy Granville Chapman

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    Dr Katy Granville-Chapman is an associate fellow of the Oxford Character Project, a Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Oxford University’s Department of Education, and a Research Associate at the Oxford University Wellbeing Research Centre. Katy is the co-author (with Emmie Bidston) of ‘Leader: Know, love and inspire your people’, which has been shortlisted for the Business Book Awards ‘leadership book of the future’ and longlisted for CMI Management Book of the Year. She is the co-founder of Global Social Leaders, a movement of young people in 105 countries who design and lead social action projects that make a meaningful change in their communities. Katy is a former British Army Officer and holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford which focused on leadership and flourishing.

    Katy Granville Chapman

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    Dr Katy Granville-Chapman is an associate fellow of the Oxford Character Project, a Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Oxford University’s Department of Education, and a Research Associate at the Oxford University Wellbeing Research Centre. Katy is the co-author (with Emmie Bidston) of ‘Leader: Know, love and inspire your people’, which has been shortlisted for the Business Book Awards ‘leadership book of the future’ and longlisted for CMI Management Book of the Year. She is the co-founder of Global Social Leaders, a movement of young people in 105 countries who design and lead social action projects that make a meaningful change in their communities. Katy is a former British Army Officer and holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford which focused on leadership and flourishing.

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    Liz Gulliford

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    Dr Liz Gulliford is Senior Psychology Advisor for the OCP's Virtues and Vocations Project and Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Northampton. Since completing her doctorate at Queens' College Cambridge (2011), she has carried out extensive interdisciplinary conceptual and empirical work on virtues, including gratitude, forgiveness, compassion and hope. Her work has been published in a range of journals in psychology, education and philosophy. Liz also enjoys creative writing and the arts, and swims most days.

    Liz Gulliford

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    Dr Liz Gulliford is Senior Psychology Advisor for the OCP's Virtues and Vocations Project and Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Northampton. Since completing her doctorate at Queens' College Cambridge (2011), she has carried out extensive interdisciplinary conceptual and empirical work on virtues, including gratitude, forgiveness, compassion and hope. Her work has been published in a range of journals in psychology, education and philosophy. Liz also enjoys creative writing and the arts, and swims most days.

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    Shelley Hartland is Head of Impact and Industry Engagement for the Oxford Character Project, working in partnership with the Forward Institute. With years of experience in management roles within the charity sector, Shelley most recently worked as Director of Cultural Transformation & Director of Operations for London-based political think tank the Legatum Institute. As part of this role she ran an innovative programme which sought to help our major institutions - especially business, politics and media - examine how to make a greater contribution to the strength, integrity and health of our society. Shelley is a proud Australian-Brit who loves to travel, and having visited 58 countries would now love to see the rest of the world.

    Shelley Hartland

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    Shelley Hartland is Head of Impact and Industry Engagement for the Oxford Character Project, working in partnership with the Forward Institute. With years of experience in management roles within the charity sector, Shelley most recently worked as Director of Cultural Transformation & Director of Operations for London-based political think tank the Legatum Institute. As part of this role she ran an innovative programme which sought to help our major institutions - especially business, politics and media - examine how to make a greater contribution to the strength, integrity and health of our society. Shelley is a proud Australian-Brit who loves to travel, and having visited 58 countries would now love to see the rest of the world.

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    Carl Hildebrand

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    Carl is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Character Project and a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He is a philosopher who works in ethics and the history of philosophy, focusing on Kant's moral psychology. His research engages questions concerning habituation, moral worth, human frailty/vice, and concepts of sympathy among other things. He has taught philosophy in a variety of settings, including at the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia, and most recently (prior to the University of Hong Kong) at the University of the Fraser Valley in his hometown of Abbotsford, Canada.

    Carl Hildebrand

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    Carl is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Character Project and a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He is a philosopher who works in ethics and the history of philosophy, focusing on Kant's moral psychology. His research engages questions concerning habituation, moral worth, human frailty/vice, and concepts of sympathy among other things. He has taught philosophy in a variety of settings, including at the University of Oxford, the University of British Columbia, and most recently (prior to the University of Hong Kong) at the University of the Fraser Valley in his hometown of Abbotsford, Canada.

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    Harry is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. He is a former US Army officer who flew helicopters for over a decade and taught philosophy at the United States Military Academy during the course of a 21 year career. He is the co-founder of the Altimeter Design Group, a consortium of leaders and designers who are passionate about making progress on complex problems, especially those that involve improving the moral qualities of people and organizations. Harry completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Virginia, where he worked on character development in the US Military. He works best at intersections, such as philosophy and psychology or design and character, and the like, believing that the hardest and most interesting problems can only be solved by interdisciplinary teams.

    Harry Jones

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    Harry is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. He is a former US Army officer who flew helicopters for over a decade and taught philosophy at the United States Military Academy during the course of a 21 year career. He is the co-founder of the Altimeter Design Group, a consortium of leaders and designers who are passionate about making progress on complex problems, especially those that involve improving the moral qualities of people and organizations. Harry completed a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Virginia, where he worked on character development in the US Military. He works best at intersections, such as philosophy and psychology or design and character, and the like, believing that the hardest and most interesting problems can only be solved by interdisciplinary teams.

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    Matthew Kuan Johnson

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    Dr Matthew Kuan Johnson is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. Matthew is a moral philosopher who works on topics related to ethics, embodiment, empathy, and the emotions. He is also a leading researcher on the psychology of joy, and recently authored the target article for a special issue on joy of the Journal of Positive Psychology. Matthew earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, writing his dissertation on the role that the imagination plays in moral perception and character formation. He also holds a BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University and an MPhil in Social Psychology from Cambridge. Previously, Matthew has consulted for Google AI, was a contributing scholar at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, was an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, and has taught in the University of Cambridge’s Philosophy and Psychology Departments.

    Matthew Kuan Johnson

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    Dr Matthew Kuan Johnson is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. Matthew is a moral philosopher who works on topics related to ethics, embodiment, empathy, and the emotions. He is also a leading researcher on the psychology of joy, and recently authored the target article for a special issue on joy of the Journal of Positive Psychology. Matthew earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, writing his dissertation on the role that the imagination plays in moral perception and character formation. He also holds a BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University and an MPhil in Social Psychology from Cambridge. Previously, Matthew has consulted for Google AI, was a contributing scholar at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, was an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, and has taught in the University of Cambridge’s Philosophy and Psychology Departments.

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    Michael Lamb

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    Dr Michael Lamb is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. Michael is University Scholar in Residence and Fellow in the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton, a BA in Political Science from Rhodes College, and a second BA in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford. His research focuses on the ethics of citizenship and the role of virtues in public life.  As the McDonald-Templeton Postdoctoral Fellow with the Oxford Character Project, Michael helped to develop the research-based curriculum for the Oxford Global Leadership Initiative and continues to support the Oxford Character Project while developing programmes in leadership and character at Wake Forest.   

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    Dr Michael Lamb is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. Michael is University Scholar in Residence and Fellow in the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University. He holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton, a BA in Political Science from Rhodes College, and a second BA in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford. His research focuses on the ethics of citizenship and the role of virtues in public life.  As the McDonald-Templeton Postdoctoral Fellow with the Oxford Character Project, Michael helped to develop the research-based curriculum for the Oxford Global Leadership Initiative and continues to support the Oxford Character Project while developing programmes in leadership and character at Wake Forest.   

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    Rebecca Park

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    Rebecca Park is a Psychology Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. Rebecca is finishing her PhD in Positive Psychology at the University of Lincoln, which explores the use of the strengths-based intervention ‘Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice’ in higher education. Rebecca holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Psychological Research Methods from the University of Lincoln. Both her BSc and MSc dissertations explored the virtue of humility and its role in leadership, but recently her academic work has looked at character strengths more broadly and their role in higher education. In her spare time, Rebecca sits on the steering group of the British Association of Christians in Psychology. She is married to Ben and together they enjoy hiking trips in the Peaks, playing music together and hosting dinner parties.

    Rebecca Park

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    Rebecca Park is a Psychology Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. Rebecca is finishing her PhD in Positive Psychology at the University of Lincoln, which explores the use of the strengths-based intervention ‘Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice’ in higher education. Rebecca holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Psychological Research Methods from the University of Lincoln. Both her BSc and MSc dissertations explored the virtue of humility and its role in leadership, but recently her academic work has looked at character strengths more broadly and their role in higher education. In her spare time, Rebecca sits on the steering group of the British Association of Christians in Psychology. She is married to Ben and together they enjoy hiking trips in the Peaks, playing music together and hosting dinner parties.

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    Roger Revell

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    Roger Revell is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. He is also finishing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, which critically reflects on the way that we conceive of and negotiate our personal development. Prior to his doctoral studies, Roger worked for Ernst & Young (helping to manage their EOY program in Virginia), for several political campaigns in the United States, and served as a project manager for a Canadian multi-national manufacturing firm. Additionally, he has experience in the charities sector, having worked for the Anglican church and as a tutor for undergraduate and master’s-level students. Roger holds a BA in political science and history and has completed master's work in religious/theological studies. On his own time, he enjoys urban exploring with his wife and daughter and, as he's able to find spare moments, beer-brewing and gardening.

    Roger Revell

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    Roger Revell is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. He is also finishing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, which critically reflects on the way that we conceive of and negotiate our personal development. Prior to his doctoral studies, Roger worked for Ernst & Young (helping to manage their EOY program in Virginia), for several political campaigns in the United States, and served as a project manager for a Canadian multi-national manufacturing firm. Additionally, he has experience in the charities sector, having worked for the Anglican church and as a tutor for undergraduate and master’s-level students. Roger holds a BA in political science and history and has completed master's work in religious/theological studies. On his own time, he enjoys urban exploring with his wife and daughter and, as he's able to find spare moments, beer-brewing and gardening.

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    Anjali Sarker

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    Anjali Sarker is a social innovation expert and international development practitioner with a special focus on women’s economic empowerment through financial inclusion. Previously she worked at BRAC, one of the largest NGOs in the world, to bring digital financial services to one million women in Bangladesh. She is a Senior Atlantic Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE), a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, and a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She holds an MBA from Said Business School, University of Oxford and an MSc in Inequalities and Social Sciences from LSE.

    Anjali Sarker

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    Anjali Sarker is a social innovation expert and international development practitioner with a special focus on women’s economic empowerment through financial inclusion. Previously she worked at BRAC, one of the largest NGOs in the world, to bring digital financial services to one million women in Bangladesh. She is a Senior Atlantic Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE), a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, and a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She holds an MBA from Said Business School, University of Oxford and an MSc in Inequalities and Social Sciences from LSE.

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    Luna Wang

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    Luna Wang studied Law and Economics at Beijing’s prestigious Peking University and worked in the Real Estate Industry for several years in China before coming to Oxford to study for an MSc in Sociology, which she completed in 2012. Her current academic work focuses on the place of women in contemporary Chinese society. She is passionate about people and stories, enjoys travelling and watching movies.

    Luna Wang

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    Luna Wang studied Law and Economics at Beijing’s prestigious Peking University and worked in the Real Estate Industry for several years in China before coming to Oxford to study for an MSc in Sociology, which she completed in 2012. Her current academic work focuses on the place of women in contemporary Chinese society. She is passionate about people and stories, enjoys travelling and watching movies.

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    Lani Watson

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    Dr Lani Watson is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. A philosopher by training, Lani’s research focuses on the practice of questioning and the cultivation of intellectual character traits including curiosity, inquisitiveness, intellectual humility, intellectual autonomy and intellectual courage. She focuses on the role and value of good questioning and has worked with educators and industry partners across diverse sectors, including the arts, tourism and technology, helping students, professionals and teams to develop their questioning skills. Lani earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh with a thesis entitled ’Why Ask: The Epistemology of Questioning’. She has since worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, at the University of Oklahoma, and as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, at the University of Edinburgh. She has published in numerous philosophical and interdisciplinary journals. Lani’s forthcoming book, The Right to Know: Epistemic Rights and Why We Need Them, innovates the concept of epistemic rights and, as such, lays out the social and political context for Lani's work on good and bad questioning practices in contemporary life.

    Lani Watson

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    Dr Lani Watson is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Character Project. A philosopher by training, Lani’s research focuses on the practice of questioning and the cultivation of intellectual character traits including curiosity, inquisitiveness, intellectual humility, intellectual autonomy and intellectual courage. She focuses on the role and value of good questioning and has worked with educators and industry partners across diverse sectors, including the arts, tourism and technology, helping students, professionals and teams to develop their questioning skills. Lani earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Edinburgh with a thesis entitled ’Why Ask: The Epistemology of Questioning’. She has since worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, at the University of Oklahoma, and as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, at the University of Edinburgh. She has published in numerous philosophical and interdisciplinary journals. Lani’s forthcoming book, The Right to Know: Epistemic Rights and Why We Need Them, innovates the concept of epistemic rights and, as such, lays out the social and political context for Lani's work on good and bad questioning practices in contemporary life.


Institutional support

The Oxford Character Project is an interdisciplinary initiative with a team of research fellows from the humanities and social sciences focusing on character and leadership in higher education and commercial organisations. We enjoy the support of the Faculty of Theology and Religion and work in conjunction with faculty members from the University of Oxford's Social Sciences Division, Saïd Business School, Oxford Internet Institute, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Engineering. We are funded by a research grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

'The Oxford Character Project is a very welcome initiative. Its academic strength is matched by a practical programme that has drawn together a highly diverse group of postgraduate students from all over the world to engage in a formative conversation about the nature and practice of good leadership. This is an initiative that should be supported by all who would want future leaders, in all areas of society, to be known for their integrity, humility, and commitment to furthering the public good.'

Prof. Lionel Tarrassenko
President of Reuben College, Oxford