Stephen Coleman

Stephen Coleman

In examining the ethics of force multiplier technology, Stephen Coleman is bettering our understanding of the conduct of conflict and what non-lethal weaponry can mean.


Why you should listen to him

Dr. Stephen Cole­man is Senior Lec­turer in Ethics and Lead­er­ship and Vin­cent Fair­fax Foun­da­tion Fel­low in the School of Human­i­ties and Social Sci­ences, UNSW, Canberra.

Stephen works in a diverse range of areas in applied ethics, includ­ing mil­i­tary ethics, police ethics, med­ical ethics, space ethics and the prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions of human rights. He has pub­lished and pre­sented in var­i­ous forms in Aus­tralia, the United States, the United King­dom, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Coleman is the Director of the Ethics program for the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS) at UNSW, Canberra, as well as a Research Fellow with the international Consortium on Emerging Technology, Military Operations and National Security (CETMONS).

Previously he has been a Res­i­dent Fel­low at the Stock­dale Cen­ter for Eth­i­cal Lead­er­ship at the United States Naval Acad­emy, where he was part of a large research project exam­in­ing the eth­i­cal impli­ca­tions of var­i­ous new and devel­op­ing mil­i­tary tech­nolo­gies. This project helped to brief the Depart­ment of Defense, the US Con­gress and the White House on these issues. He can also make bal­loon and origami ani­mals, jug­gle, breathe fire and ride a uni­cy­cle, though not all at the same time.

Stephen spoke at TEDxCanberra 2011 on the problems associated with non-lethal weapons. His talk from 2011 is one of two TEDxCanberra talks to be featured on TED.com and has over 400,000 views.

He spoke at TEDxCanberra 2014 on the perception of terrorism in the community, and how our responses, if extreme, can help the terrorists win.

He can also make balloon and origami animals, juggle, breathe fire and ride a unicycle, though not all at the same time.

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