Adam Henschke

Dr Adam Henschke


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Adam is an applied ethicist, working on areas that cross over between ethics, technology and security. He is a senior lecturer at the National Security College (NSC). His research concerns ethical and philosophical analyses of information technology and its uses, military ethics and on relations between ethics and national security. He has published on surveillance, emerging military technologies and intelligence and cyberspace. He is also interested in moral psychology, experimental philosophy and their relations to decision making and policy development.

Current research grants include:

  • Australian Department of Defence Strategic Policy Grants Program: Confronting Foreign Interference and Cyberwar Challenges (2019-2020)
  • ARC Discovery Grant DP180103439: 'Intelligence And National Security: Ethics, Efficacy And Accountability' (2018-2020)
  • ANU Grand Challenge: 'Our Health In Our Hands' (2018-2022)

He joined the NSC in May 2014. He received his PhD through the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics from Charles Sturt University at the end of 2013, for his dissertation, My Identity Is Important: On The Identity/Information Dyad And Its Elucidation. He has a Master of Applied Ethics (2006-2007) from the Norwegian University of Technology (Norway) and Linkoping University (Sweden), a Master of Bioethics (2004-2005) from Monash University (Australia), a Graduate Diploma in 'The Biotechnologies of Life', (2002-2003) also from Monash University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Biology/Biotechnology (1995-1997) from RMIT University (Australia).

He was a senior research fellow with Delft University of Technology (TUD) in The Hague, The Netherlands (2017-2018), was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong. He has been a Brocher Foundation Research Fellows (Geneva, Switzerland) in 2017 to look at the ethics of human enhancement for military purposes and in 2012 to look at the ethical, legal and social implications of 'Open Health' technologies and programs, in 2009 was a visiting researcher at the Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands), was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Union to study the Master of Applied Ethics in 2007 and in 2005 was awarded the Bioethics Fellowship (Human Genetics Program) from Monash Centre for Human Bioethics to work as an intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Research interests

Dr Henschke's research stems from fundamental interests in ethics, society and interactions with novel and emerging technologies

His current research is particularly focussed on:

  • Ethics of cybersecurity
  • Just war and military ethics
  • Intelligence ethics
  • Ethics of the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Emerging technologies
  • Ethics of terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Public communication of ethics


B App Sci, Grad Dip, MA, MA, PhD

Expertise Areas

  • Bioethics (human and animal)
  • Ethical Use of New Technology (e.g. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology)
  • Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)


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