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Daniel Steel

Daniel Steel

Associate Professor BA, MA, PhD



2206 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3


Dr. Daniel Steel, Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Steel earned his PhD from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002 and joined the Centre for Applied Ethics and SPPH in 2015. His work focuses on values and ethics at the crossroads of science, environmental policy, and public health. He is the author of Across the Boundaries: Extrapolation in Biology and Social Science (2008 Oxford University Press), Philosophy and the Precautionary Principle: Science, Evidence and Environmental Policy (2015 Cambridge University Press), as well as numerous articles published in peer reviewed journals. In July 2022, Dr. Steel was appointed the inaugural Program Director of the Master of Global Public Health, with oversight of the development of this new program that hopes to begin enrolling students in 2024 or 2025.

His research focuses on the intersection of values and science in the context of environmental and/or public health issues.

He is the principal investigator of two research projects funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Insight Grant program. The first of these was titled “Distinct Concepts of Diversity and their Ethical-Epistemic Implications for Science” (2017-2020, $73,000), while the second, which is ongoing, is titled “Climate Change and Civilization Collapse” (2022-2027, $220,000). 

SPPH 538 – Application of Ethical Theories in the Practice of Public Health