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Dr Azita Chellappoo

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Professional biography

I joined the Open University in October 2021. Prior to this I was a postdoctoral researcher at Ruhr Universität Bochum, and a Fellow at the London School of Economics. I received my PhD in 2020 in the History and Philosophy of Science Department at the University of Cambridge. My thesis explored conceptual challenges in cultural evolutionary theory, including questions of explanation and the role of non-epistemic values. My current work examines trends in 'postgenomic' science, including fields such as epigenetics and microbiome research. I am interested in how social categories, including race and fatness, are understood and deployed in these fields, and the implications for both scientific practice and health policy. I am also in the early stages of research into the processes of knowledge production in 'obesity science'.

I have also been involved in Minorities and Philosophy activities, and co-organised the ‘What is Epistemic Decolonisation?’ Online Seminar Series. I am currently co-chair of the Women's Caucus of the European Philosophy of Science Association.

​I would be very happy to hear from potential PhD applicants whose interests align with my own.

Research interests

My research interests include: philosophy of biology, philosophy of medicine & public health, feminist philosophy of science, philosophy of race, and social epistemology.


Cultural evolution: A review of theoretical challenges (2024)
Nichols, Ryan; Charbonneau, Mathieu; Chellappoo, Azita; Davis, Taylor; Haidle, Miriam; Kimbrough, Erik O.; Moll, Henrike; Moore, Richard; Scott-Phillips, Thom; Purzycki, Benjamin Grant and Segovia-Martin, Jose
Evolutionary Human Sciences, 6, Article e12 (pp. 1-25)

Where the social meets the biological: new ontologies of biosocial race (2023-01-04)
Chellappoo, Azita and Baedke, Jan
Synthese, 201, Article 14

When can cultural selection explain adaptation? (2022)
Chellappoo, Azita
Biology & Philosophy, 37, Article 2(1)

Contrasting Narratives of Race and Fatness in Covid-19 (2021-12-01)
Chellappoo, Azita
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 43, Article 120(4)