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Joachim Nieuwland

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Joachim Nieuwland works as a philosopher on the nature of morality and its implications for how humans relate to other animals.

As assistant professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University, Joachim teaches veterinary ethics geared at fostering moral resilience and supporting moral decision-making. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Sustainable Animal Stewardship of Utrecht University and Wageningen University, where he researches emotions in morality and what this implies for how humans interact with other living beings.

A graduate of veterinary medicine at Utrecht, Joachim obtained a master’s degree in Philosophy from Tilburg University. He then earned his doctorate writing on the status of great apes within health policy at Leiden University. His dissertation and subsequent work investigates whether people do sufficient justice to the health of (wild) animals. Through this focus he foregrounds the individual, social and ecological wellbeing of animals.