Dr Elizabeth Ellis

Dr Elizabeth Ellis


I joined the IDEA Centre in September 2012 after completing my PhD in Applied Ethics at Edinburgh University. 

Before returning to education, I trained as an accountant and auditor and worked for Deloitte for seven years.  I am a chartered accountant (FCA).

Research interests

I am interested in all areas of applied ethics but my particular topics of focus are the ethics of tax avoidance and the ethics of economic sanctions.

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  • PhD in Applied Ethics
  • MSc Philosophy (with specialisation in ethics)
  • BSc (Joint Hons) Philosophy and Physics
  • FCA
  • University of Leeds Teaching Accreditation (ULTA 2)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

Within the university I teach several modules on business and professional ethics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I also supervise Masters dissertations and PhD theses. 

Outside of the university I provide ethics consulting and ethics training services to professional bodies and other organisations.

Research groups and institutes

  • Ethics, Culture and Decision-Making
  • Professional Ethics
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