William S. Lynn, Research Scientist
Current Research Interests
Bill Lynn's research and teaching focus on ethics and public policy, with an emphasis on animals, the environment, and sustainability. Standing astride the environmental humanities and social sciences, Bill uses ethics and interpretive policy analysis to explore how moral norms inform the creation and evaluation of public policy.
As former Director of the Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) program at Tufts University and a visiting professor at Williams College, Bill taught courses in animal studies, environmental studies, ethics, qualitative research, and public policy.
He is a founding editor of the international journal Ethics, Policy and Environment (formerly Ethics, Place and Environment), former chair of the Ethics Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and an International Associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies.
Having served as a research scholar at ethics and policy think tanks, Bill also serves as a consultant and keynote speaker, helping governments and civil society expand their toolbox for effective policy-making. He has worked on a wide range of local and global problems, including wolf recovery, outdoor cats and biodiversity, barred and northern spotted owls, urban wildlife management, the Canadian seal hunt, sustainable forestry, the Earth Charter, and the normative meanings of sustainability.
Lynn, William S. 2011. Barred Owls in the Pacific Northwest: An Ethics Brief. Worcester, Massachusetts: George P. Marsh Institute, Clark University, 70 pp.
Lavigne, David and William S. Lynn. 2010. Canada's Commercial Seal Hunt: It's More Than a Question of Humane Killing (co-authored with David Lavigne). Journal of Animal Ethics 1 (1), 1-5.
Lynn, William S. 2010. Discourse and Wolves: Science, Society and Ethics. Society & Animals 18 (1): 75-92.
Lynn, William S. 2009. Ethics and Geography. In Barney Worf (editor) Sage Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Lynn, William S. 2008. Animal Studies. In Marc Bekoff (editor) Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare. Second edition. Westport: Greenwood Press, 42-45.
Hadidian, Johh, Camilla Fox and William S. Lynn. 2008. Urban Wildlife. In Marc Bekoff (editor) Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare. Second edition. Westport: Greenwood Press, 565-568.
Lynn, William S. 2007. Practical Ethics and Human-Animal Relations. In Marc Bekoff (editor) Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships. Westport: Greenwood Press, 790-797.
Lynn, William S. 2007. Wolf Recovery. In Marc Bekoff (editor) Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships. Westport: Greenwood Press, 812-819.
Lynn, William S. 2006. Between Science and Ethics: What Science and the Scientific Method Can and Cannot Contribute to Conservation and Sustainability, in David Lavigne (editor) Wildlife Conservation: In Pursuit of Ecological Sustainability. Limerick, IRL: University of Limerick Press, 191-205.
Lynn, William S. 2004. The Quality of Ethics: Moral Causation and the Interdisciplinary Science of Geography, in Roger Lee and David Smith (editors) Geographies and Moralities: International Perspectives on Justice, Development and Place, London: Blackwell, 231-244.
Lynn, William S. 2002. Canis Lupus Cosmopolis: Wolves in a Cosmopolitan Worldview, Worldviews 6 (3), 300-327.