Simon Beard is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. His research examines the ethical challenges in evaluating existential risks, with a special focus on the risks associated with developing new technologies. He is working to establish alternatives to Cost Benefit Analysis for use in evaluating long term decisions that can take account of the value of future generations and the cost of existential risks. Before joining CSER, Simon worked as a research fellow at the University of Oxford where he conducted research in Population Ethics: Theory and Practice. Simon holds a PhD in Moral Philosophy from LSE.
His work is supported by the Templeton World Charity Foundation as part of the Managing Extreme Technological Risk project at CSER.