Ethical careers in science and technology

SGR has published ten booklets/briefings as part of its project work on ethical careers in science and technology. We have also published articles and given presentations. The main outputs are listed here, while all material is indexed in the Resources section of this website. From 2020, this work continues via the Globally Responsible Careers project.

Booklets and briefings

Career choice and the chemical industry
Anne Chapman; October 2006

Critical Paths: 12 inspiring cases of ethical careers in science and technology
Stuart Parkinson and Vanessa Spedding (editors); April 2006

Corporations and career choice in science and technology
Stuart Parkinson; January 2006

Scientists or soldiers? Career choice, ethics and the military
Chris Langley; January 2006

Unscrambling a space career from military forces
David Webb; April 2004

Your career and sustainable development
Philip Webber; December 2003

Career choice and climate change
Stuart Parkinson; March 2003

Cleaner technologies: a positive choice
Tim Foxon; March 2003

Career choice, ethics and animal experimentation
Gill Langley; March 2003 (produced in association with Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research )

An ethical career in science and technology? (Introductory booklet)
Stuart Parkinson and Vanessa Spedding (editors); summer 2001


Main presentations

Finding an Ethical Career in Science and Technology (pdf; 4.7MB)
Stuart Parkinson, IT course lecture, Birmingham University, 18 February 2011

Finding an Ethical Career in Science, Design and Technology (ppt; 0.8MB)
Stuart Parkinson, Nottingham University, 17 February 2009

Finding an Ethical Career in Science, Design And Technology
Stuart Parkinson, SGR conference workshop, October 2006

Ethical Careers for Geologists?
Tim Foxon, Cambridge University Geology Society seminar, February 2004

Tackling Climate Change - the Role of the Engineer
Stuart Parkinson, UK Women's Engineering Society annual conference, September 2003


Main articles

Engineers and social responsibility: the big issues
Stuart Parkinson, UNESCO engineering report, p44-47; 14 October 2010

How many experts does it take to switch students on to science?
Vanessa Spedding, Science and Public Affairs, p27; September 2007

From Pesticides to Permaculture: Journey of a Plant Pathologist
Caroline Smith, SGR Newsletter, no. 29, July 2004

Embrace The Ethical Dimension
Stuart Parkinson, Physics World, April 2004


Examples of media coverage

Ethical careers for graduates — and how to get them
The Guardian (web chat), 2 July 2010

Ethical scientists championed
The Herald, 11 April 2006

Moral Maze
The Guardian, 7 January 2006

Get paid for saving the world
Daily Telegraph, 31 January 2004

Join in the green team dream
The Guardian, 14 June 2003

Way out of a moral maze
The Times, 29 May 2003

Need support from like-minded scientists?

SGR supports scientists who are facing ethical pressures and dilemmas in their work. By joining SGR you will have access to hundreds of like-minded and supportive colleagues many of whom may have had similar experiences and may be able to help.


SGR is grateful to the following for providing funding for this work: Body Shop Foundation; Cobb Charity; Friends Provident Life Office; Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation; Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust; Martin Ryle Trust; Scurrah Wainwright Charity.