Members / Research Students / Honorary Fellows


The project directly links with Prof. Hutto’s work on scaffolded minds and narrative practices. His Narrative Practice Hypothesis, conjectures that our everyday understanding of reasons for action (aka ‘folk psychology’) has is grounded but in socio-cultural narrative practices and not in species-universal, biologically inherited ‘theory of mind’ devices. The Narrative Practice Hypothesis has proved of interest to the philosophical community. It is prominently discussed in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy entry on the topic of ‘Folk Psychology as Theory’ and has been the main focus of number of reviews, articles and MPhil and PhD theses in recent years (e.g. Reading, Durham, Macquarie). It has made waves in other disciplines, having been closely examined by academic groups in anthropology, narratology and developmental psychology (e.g., at George Washington, Missouri, Simon Fraser, Southern Illinois, Toronto and Washington).

Daniel D. Hutto, Professor of Philosophical Psychology


Prof. Hutto’s research is a sustained attempt to understand human nature in a way which respects natural science. In his most recent research, Radicalizing Enactivism (2013, MIT Press), Hutto has developed a basic non-representational account of intentionality and consciousness and in his Folk-Psychological Narratives (2008, MIT Press) explored proposals about what lies at the roots of our everyday social understanding. A common thread in Hutto’s research is going beyond philosophy, working together with anthropologists, clinical psychiatrists, educationalists, narratologists, neuroscientists and – most recently – sport psychologists. Prof. Hutto’s publications spans across 10 books and more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in some of the world best journals.

Dr. Michael D. Kirchhoff, Lecturer in Philosophy

MKDr. Kirchhoff’s research is primarily focused on the philosophy of cognition and mind, having published articles on the hypothesis of extended cognition, distributed agency, mechanistic explanation, the predictive brain hypothesis, and enactive approaches to STEM education. His work has been published in journals such as the Australasian Journal of PhilosophyPhilosophy and Phenomenological ResearchJournal of Consciousness StudiesFrontiers in Human NeurosciencesEducational Psychology ReviewPhilosophical PsychologyPhilosophical Explorations and Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Dr. Patrick McGivern, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

PMDr. McGivern’s research focuses on questions about the structure of explanation in science, and related problems concerning causation, reduction, laws of nature, and the use of models in science. In addition to his work on explanation, McGivern specialises in discussions about reduction and emergence in philosophy of mind. His work has been published in the Philosophy of ScienceSynthese and Educational Philosophy and Theory.

Dr. Glenda Satne, Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy

Glenda SDr. Satne’s research focuses on second-personal models in the philosophy of mind and philosophy of action. She also woks on social cognition, disjunctivism, enactivism, and social accounts of intentionality. Before being awarded the VC Fellowship, Dr. Satne was an Experienced Marie Curie Research Fellow at Centre for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen – as part of the TESIS, Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity, project founded by an Integrated Marie-Curie ITN programme to investigate the foundations of human sociality.

Dr. Kate Bowles, Senior Lecturer

Kate BDr. Bowles’ research focuses primarily on the connections between emerging social media cultures and earlier social histories of media practice; the histories of rural cinema-going in New South Wales; cinema segregation practices; and the use of cultural mapping tools to help analyse consistencies in media experiences at specific locations over time. She has published in places such as Media International Australia and Australian Humanities Review.

Dr. Bronwyn Carlson, Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies

Bronwyn CA/Prof Carlson’s research looks at what it means to identify as an Aboriginal person today focussing on what constitutes and is constitutive of Aboriginal identity in contemporary times. Her work also takes into consideration the popularity of online social networking media, paying special attention to how Aboriginal people represent and negotiate identity issues in the online space. In conjunction, she is also currently exploring whether Aboriginal people believe the ‘Aboriginal community’ can exist online. A/Prof Carlson’s work has been published in places such as the Journal of University teaching and Learning Practice, the Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, and in a number of edited volumes.

Evan Poata-Smith, Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies

evan_poata_smithA/Prof Poata-Smith’s research lies at the intersection of political science and sociology and focuses primarily on contemporary Indigenous politics and society. To date he has published research in the areas of contemporary Indigenous identity politics; the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process; Indigenous social, economic and political inequalities; public policy in relation to Māori; and contemporary Māori politics and the struggle for tino rangatiratanga (indigenous self-determination).

Research Students

Miguel Segundo Ortin, PhD Student

MiguelMiguel is a PhD student at the University of Wollongong. He is working on the relations between Ecological Psychology and Enactivism in order to explain intentional/intelligent behaviors.

Alan Jurgens, PhD Student

Alan%20JurgensAlan is a PhD student at the University of Wollongong. He is working on social cognition and whether social cognition is necessarily inferential in nature

Jarrah Aubourg, PhD Student,

Photo%20007Jarrah is a PhD student at the University of Wollongong. His thesis examines the role of thought-experiments in philosophy.





Research Staff / Research Students / Honorary Fellows