N.A.J. Taylor is an honorary research fellow at La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue, doctoral researcher in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, and associate editor of the scholarly journal Global Change, Peace & Security. In 2014 he will be based in New York on an Australia Awards fellowship.
Taylor’s primary teaching and research interest is the study of international and global ethics. He is currently working on three major projects. The first seeks to build connections between the concepts of harm, the biosphere, dialogue and nuclear weapons. The second project is a series of collaborations designed to develop the theory and practice of dialogue in relation to Middle East biological, nuclear and chemical weapons disarmament. And the third investigates armaments manufacturers’ limits of responsibility.
His research has been sponsored by the Australian Commonwealth Government, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, European Public Law Organisation, La Trobe University, University of Queensland, Institute for Human Security, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Taylor’s scholarly articles, essays and reviews have been published in over 50 books and periodicals, including Al Jazeera English, Alternatives, The Conversation, The Guardian, Millennium, and openDemocracy. He has appeared as a guest on the ABC, Al Jazeera, BBC, Huffington Post Live, SBS, among others.
Before following his passion for writing about ethics and global politics, Taylor spent a decade advising billion-dollar pension and sovereign wealth funds on ethical practices relating to the problems of transboundary environmental harm, conflict zones, and armaments manufacturing. Most recently, he was principal of a London and Melbourne-based research consultancy, and founding member of the UN Global Compact Expert Group on Responsible Business and Investment in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.