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Prof Phyllis Kirstin Illari

Prof Phyllis Kirstin Illari

Professor of Philosophy of Science

Dept of Science & Technology Studies

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2012

Research summary

I am primarily research active in the philosophy of science, with particular expertise in causality, mechanisms and information. I have published many articles in philosophy of science, and have written and edited several books (see publications). For more information, see my PhilPapers page.


With Federica Russo, I served as Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal for Philosophy of Science (2017-2021).  I served on the committee of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science (2013-16). I help run the Causality in the Sciences conference series (2006-present), with collaborators in Kent, Ghent, Durham, Antwerp, Amsterdam and New York.

From 2016-2020 I served on the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute for AI and Data Science.


Teaching summary

I primarily teach philosophy of science, including science and ethics, and advanced courses in mechanisms, causality, and philosophy of information. I have supervised several now-completed, and five current, PhD students.


I studied at Oxford (BA), UCL (MPhil), and King's College London (PhD). I then taught for two years each at the Universities of Stirling and Bristol, before going on to postdoctoral projects. The first was on Mechanisms and Causality at the University of Kent (2007-10), working with Jon Williamson, and funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  The second was on Information Quality at the University of Hertfordshire, working with Luciano Floridi, funded by the AHRC (2012-13). I was appointed to UCL in 2012. Since then, I have been co-investigator on the AHRC funded project Evaluating Evidence in Medicine (2015-18).