dr. Y. Saghai (Yashar)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Yashar Saghai is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente and Associate Senior Scholar at The Millennium Project: Global Futures Studies and Research, a DC-based global think-tank. Until July 2018 he was a Research Scholar and Associate Faculty at the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he lead several projects on practical ethics and foresight. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University and several graduate degrees in History of Philosophy and Medical Ethics from the University of Paris in his native city. His research is often transdisciplinary and collaborative.

Areas of Specialization:

  • Philosophy of foresight (or futures studies) and its practice (the disciplined exploration of alternative futures through scenario construction, modeling, Delphi, etc.)
  • Practical ethics and political philosophy, with a focus on technology, health, food, and AI

Areas of Competence:

  • History of bioethics
  • History of modern philosophy
  • Philosophy of cognitive science/psychology
  • Science and technology studies
  • Theory of historiography


Saghai, Yashar, Michiel van Dijk, Tomas Morley and Marie-Luise Rau. 2018. “Questioning long-term global food futures studies: A systematic, empirical, and normative approach.” In Professionals in Food Chains: Ethics, Roles and Responsibilities, edited by Herwig Grimm and Svenja Springer. WagenignenAcademic Publishers, Wageningen, Netherlands.


Saghai, Yashar. 2018. "Theorizing justice in health research contexts." In Beyond Consent: Seeking Justice in Research, edited by J. Kahn, A. Mastroianni, and J. Sugarman. Second edition, pp. 187-207. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.


Lipton, Michael, and Yashar Saghai. 2017. "Farmland-access ethics, land reform, and food ethics." Global Food Security 12: 59-66.


Aloosh, Mehdi and Yashar Saghai. 2016. "Birth control policies in Iran: A public health and ethics perspective." Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 70: 529-533. doi:10.1136/jech-2015-205572.


Whicher, Danielle, Nancy Kass, Yashar Saghai, Ruth Faden, Sean Tunis, and Peter Pronovost. 2015. "The views of quality improvement professionals and comparative effectiveness researchers on ethics, IRBs, and oversight." Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 10(2): 132-144. DOI:10.1177/1556264615571558.


Saghai, Yashar. 2014. "Radically questioning the principle of the least restrictive alternative: A reply to Nir Eyal." International Journal of Health Policy and Management 3(6): 349-350. Doi: 10.15171/ijhpm.2014.106.


Saghai, Yashar. 2013. "Salvaging the concept of nudge." Journal of Medical Ethics 39(8):  487-493. Doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-100727. Editor's pick; featured article; selected #1 among the most highly-cited papers that contributed to the Journal's latest Impact Factor of 1.764 (2015 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2016).


Saghai, Yashar. 2013. "The concept of nudge and its moral significance: A reply to Ashcroft, Bovens, Dworkin, Welch, and Wertheimer." Journal of Medical Ethics 39(8): 499-501. Doi:10.1136/medethics-2012-101112.


Saghai, Yashar. 2013. "Nudging in interpersonal contexts, " American Journal of Bioethics 13(6): 33-34. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2013.782455.


Powers, Madison, Ruth Faden, and Yashar Saghai. 2012."Liberty, Mill, and the framework of public health ethics." Public Health Ethics 5 (1): 6-15. DOI:10.1093/phe/phs002.


Beauchamp, Tom, and Yashar Saghai. 2012. "The historical foundations of the research-practice distinction in bioethics."Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 33 (1): 45-56. DOI 10.1007/s11017-011-9207-8.

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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