William S. Lynn PhD » Team

While the number and size of our teams ebbs and flows with varied projects, active collaborators include approximately 20 scholars drawn from internationally recognized universities and organizations. They include:

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William S. Lynn, PhD

Founder and President
Work Marsh Institute Clark University Worcester MA 01610 USA


Bill specializes in animal and sustainability ethics, exploring why and how we ought to care for people, animals and nature.

Graduating from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a bachelors in political science and a doctorate in geography, Bill is a research scientist in the Marsh Institute at Clark University, a research fellow at the social science think-tank Knology, and teaches graduate courses in the Anthrozoology program at Canisius College. He is also the founder of PAN Works, an independent non-partisan think-tank dedicated to the wellbeing of animals.

Similarly, sustainability is not properly focused on preserving a global elite’s lifestyle or ensuring humanity’s mere survival. Rather it is helping people, animals and nature to thrive across the planet into perpetuity – deep sustainability. At the more technical level, this means that sustainability must be both scientifically and ethically sound. Its facts and values need to be transparent and accountable to society, while its goals must serve the good of the entire community of life. At a more political level, it means that sustainability must embrace social justice, animal protection, and ecological integrity if it is to truly respect the community of life in all it’s cultural and natural diversity.

Drawing on the interpretive tradition of ethics exemplified by Mary Midgley, he seeks to unearth the moral presuppositions and worldviews that are often latent in social and environmental issues. This involves helping us recognize and dialogue about our ethical points of view. Whether facilitating a class or public meeting, this is not a search for absolute truth or deciding who is ‘right.’ Rather, his engagement with students, the public and decision-makers seeks to help individuals and communities generate moral insights to help solve real-world problems. This ‘ethical capacity building’ attends to concrete cases, integrates theory with practice, and infuses public policy with ethical insights.