Dr Brett Parris


Prof Gavin Flood, Prof Jan Westerhoff & Prof Chris MinkowskiProf Gavin Flood, Prof Jan Westerhoff & Prof Chris Minkowski



Research Area/s: 

Comparative religious philosophy and metaethics


I have an MPhil in Classical Indian Religion from Oxford, as well as a PhD in development economics from Monash University. I have previously worked at Monash University and Deakin University in Melbourne, and worked for several years with NGOs focussed on economic development, poverty, human rights, and climate change. While maintaining an active interest in those fields, my current research focusses on the ethical dimensions of yogic philosophy and practice, and the philosophical foundations of human rights, as well as broader inter-religious dialogue. I also teach yoga in both the UK and Australia.







Select Publications:

Hassani-Mahmooei, B. and Parris, B.W., (2012) “Climate Change and Internal Migration Patterns in Bangladesh: An Agent-Based Model”, Environment and Development Economics, Vol. 17, No. 6, December, pp. 763-780. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1355770X12000290

Hassani-Mahmooei, B. and Parris, B.W., (2013) “Resource Scarcity, Effort Allocation and Environmental Security: An Agent-Based Theoretical Approach”, Economic Modelling, Vol. 30, January, pp. 183-192. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econmod.2012.08.020

Parris, B.W., (2013) “Coalition Climate Figures Don’t Add Up”, The Conversation, 2 September. https://theconversation.com/coalition-climate-figures-dont-add-up-17600

Parris, B.W., (2013) “Expanding coal exports is bad news for Australia and the world”, The Conversation, 13 September. https://theconversation.com/expanding-coal-exports-is-bad-news-for-austr...

Hassani-Mahmooei, B. and Parris, B., (2014) “Dynamics of Effort Allocation and Evolution of Trust: An Agent-Based Model“, Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, Vol. 20, No. 2, June, pp. 133-154. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10588-013-9164-z

Parris, B.W., (2014) Time to Stand Up: Reflections on the Federal Budget, Ethos Centre for Christianity and Society, Melbourne. http://www.ethos.org.au/online-resources/engage-mail/time-to-stand-up-reflections-on-the-federal-budget

Parris, B.W., (2018) Dualism and Nondualism in Śaivism: Philosophical, Vedāntic and Śaiva Contexts for the Śivaviśiṣṭādvaita of Śrīkaṇṭha, MPhil Thesis in Classical Indian Religion, University of Oxford, May, iv + 114 pp.

Clarke, M. and Parris, B.W., (2019) “Understanding Disasters: Managing and Accommodating Different Worldviews in Humanitarian Response”, Journal of International Humanitarian Action, Vol. 4, No. 1, 22 November, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41018-019-0066-7

Clarke, M. and Parris, B.W., (forthcoming) “Are the humanitarian principles still fit for purpose? Humanitarian values for a new humanitarian environment” TRC Journal of Humanitarian Action. https://doi.org/10.55280/trcjha.2022.1.2.0001

Academic Interests: 

Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Neoplatonic Philosophy; Yoga Studies; Metaethics; Human Rights; Economic Development & Equity;  Climate Change; Science & Religion; Metaphysics; Epistemology; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Physics


The Spalding Trust; Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies; Balliol College

Areas of Teaching Competence and Experience:

  • Ethics II: Religious Ethics, Tutor, Faculty of Theology & Religion, Oxford University, Hilary Term 2022
  • Integrated Economic Modelling, 3rd Year Undergraduate, Lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne, 2010-2012
  • Microfinance for Poverty Reduction, Masters Level, Lecturer, Deakin University, Melbourne, 2010 & 2011
  • Aid, Trade and Development, Masters Level, Lecturer, Deakin University, Melbourne, 2010 & 2011
  • The Economic Development Record, Masters Level, Lecturer, Deakin University, Melbourne, 2010 & 2011