Charlotte was one of ten winners of the BBC/Arts and Humanities Research Council New Generation Thinkers in 2012-13 and is a regular contributor to BBC radio. 


She has won over research funding from a number of academic bodies including:

The Wellcome Trust (UK); the Fulbright Commission; the Royal Irish Academy; the Irish Research Council; the Brocher Fondation (Switzerland); the Society for Applied Philosophy (UK); the Royal Institute of Philosophy (UK), the Ruhr University (Germany); the University of Basel (Switzerland); University College Dublin (Ireland).


Newstalk Breakfast with Susan Keogh Newstalk Radio, Dublin. Interview on anxiety and depresson rates among Ireland's youth. [Listenership: 128,000 (July 6th, 2019)

BBC Radio Four, The Placebo Paradox. (February 18th, 2019).

Interview on Sunday Sequence, on philosophy in schools. BBC Radio Ulster, Belfast ​(January, 15th, 2017) [Listenership: 10,000]

George Hook Show, Newstalk Radio, Dublin. Interview on Philosophy Ireland launch. [Listenership: 128,000 (August 30th, 2016).

George Hook Show, Newstalk Radio, Dublin, Interview on my Irish Times Feature on philosophy in schools. [Listenership: 128,000] (May, 2016).


TBS Primetime, Seoul, South Korea, the biggest English language radio station Interview with Henry Shinn on evoluionary psychology. (March 24th, 2016)

Futureproof, Newstalk Radio Dublin. Award winng science show. 

Interview with Jonathan McCrea on evolutionary psychology and philosophy of medicine.[Listenership 50,000] (December 5th, 2015). 


Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3, London. Interview with Anne McElvoy to discuss the nature of psychiatric diagnosis with historian D. Matthew Smith ahead of Brocher Symposium on DSM V. 10pm. [Listenership 200,000] (May 8th, 2014)


BBC Radio Ulster, Northern Ireland. Invited interview with William Crawley on ‘Sunday Sequence’ to discuss research on doctors and the placebo effect.Listenership 10,000] (March 24th, 2013)

Nightwaves, BBC Radio 3, London. ‘The Medicine Game’. Recorded live at the Free Thinking Festival and broadcast on Nightwaves, 10.45pm.

[Listenership: 200,000] (November 5th, 2012)

Nightwaves, BBC Radio 3, London. Interview with Samira Ahmed to review ‘Saving Lives’ exhibition at the Imperial War Museum North for Nightwaves,

[Listenership: 200,000] (October 11th , 2012)


Nightwaves BBC Radio 3, London. ‘The Placebo Effect and Medical Deception’. ‘Essay’8.15pm. (23.10 minutes into show)

[Listenership: 200,000]. (June 20th , 2012)

Arts Extra, BBC Radio Ulster, Northern Ireland. Interview with Marie-Louise Muir on the nature of philosophy ahead of a one-day introductory philosophy conference in Queen’s University, Belfast for the station’s flagship, weekday arts programme. 6.45pm, [Listenership: 15,000]. (September 20th, 2011)


Arts Extra, BBC Radio Ulster, Northern Ireland. Interview with Marie-Louise Muir on my Irish News feature [see ‘Newspapers’] – why philosophy should be introduced more widely into the Northern Irish school curriculum for the station’s flagship, weekday arts programme. 6.45pm

[Listenership: 15,000] (July 19th , 2011)

Festivals & Speaking Events











British Academy Event at Imagine: A Festival of Ideas Panel discussion on 'Machines, morality, and the future of healthcare'. (March 23rd, 2017)

The Storey Institute, Lancaster. ‘Philosophy for Everyone’, Philosophy in schools and the community, (February 1st, 2017)


Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin: Reception for Philosophy Ireland with President of Ireland and Mrs Higgins, World Philosophy Day. (November 19th, 2016).


SAPERE keynote speaker and invitation to be Patron, at SAPERE AGM, Royal National Hotel, London, World Philosophy Day (November, 17th, 2016)


Inspirefest 2016. Talk on the future of

the medical appointment.

Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin.

(July 1st, 2016)

TEDx UCD. University College Dublin

'Philosophy is a right'. (December 4th, 2015).


TEDx Fulbright, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. 

‘Hypocritical Oaths: Medicine’s Dirty Secrets’,

Selected as TEDx Editor’s Picks in August 2014

(April 5th, 2014)

Medicine Unboxed Cheltenham,UK.

Debate with the philosophers

Dr. Julian Baggini and Professor Deborah Bowman .

(November 17th, 2013) 


BBC Free Thinking Festival at the Sage,

Gateshead, UK. Talk entitled 'The Medicine Game'

recorded live and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

This was the fastest selling event at Free Thinking

in 2012.

(November 5th, 2012)




















RTE One: Interview for a documentary entitled Futurevisions: Can philosophy save Ireland? The also included an interview with President Michael D. Higgins. RTE One (September 3rd, 2019).

TG4: Interview for a documentary on Dr John Bodkin Adams, a notorious Irish GP (1899-1983) who was a suspected serial killer. (October 2017).

RTE One's Interviewed by Kathriona Devereux 

European award-winning science programme

"10 Thing to Know About...Pain" for research on

placebo effect 

[Viewers: 201,600] (December 7th, 2015)

BBC 2 Newsnight Consulted by reporter

Jim Reed for research on a feature on

electroconvulsive therapy

(July 11th, 2013)


BBC Arts and Culture Short film on the placebo effect.

(April, 10th,  2013)

Newspapers & Blogs


















Aeon/Psyche. Should mental health patients see their doctors' notes?

July 22nd, 2020


Medium. Treating patients like grown-ups: Open notes

July 12th, 2020

Wired. The end of placebos.

December 2nd, 2019


Gizmodo. 'Why do placebo work?'

October 28th, 2019


IEEE Spectrum. 'AI won't replace us, docs say'.

Circulation: 1.8m monthly page views. December 20th, 2018.


The Times of India: 'UK doctors skeptical that AI could replace them: Study'.

Circulation: 1.3m monthly. December 19th, 2018.


The Week: 'British doctors skeptical that AI could entirely replace them'.

December 19th, 2018.


The Sydney Morning Herald. Quoted in feature. 'Mind-body' healing: Success of placebo trials challenges medical thinking'. Circulation: 105,000. June, 11th, 2017.


Education Technology Interview on philosophy and technology. 'Philosophy essential for all'.

Bi-monthly readership: 18,595. April 23rd, 2017.


Irish Freethinker and Humanist Work with Philosophy Ireland profiled. 'Philosophy Class'.

March/April, 2017.


The Guardian journal edition: Opinion, page 25: ‘How do you save a child from a robot?’

Readership – print journal: 161,000 daily. January 9th, 2017.


The Guardian online: ‘Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t’.

Article shared: 74,196 times; 477 comments by January, 16th, 2019. January 9th, 2017.


Smart Futures –  Profiled by Irish government-funded project for promoting STEM in education – sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland.

January 2017.


BMJ Blog: ‘Mind the gap: Ethical failures in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome’.

Readers: 10m per month. December 6th, 2016.


Irish Daily Mail. Front page and pages 2, 12 coverage of Philosophy Ireland launch. page 1: 'Philosophy course for our schools'; page 2: 'Thinking caps are pulled on as philosophy hits schools'; page 12: 'Get priorities right'

Readership - print & online: 217,000. August 29th, 2016.


The Irish Times, Feature on Philosophy Ireland:Sabina Higgins backs campaign for teaching philosophy in schools 

Readership: 85,000. August 28th, 2016


Silicon Republic. Invited feature: 'The need for cosmopolitan ideals in research'

Readership: 250,00 monthly. July 18th, 2016.


Irish Research Council: Invited blog for website on ‘My research heroes: The need for cosmopolitan ideals’

July, 2016.


The Irish Independent: Interview for feature entiled 'Talking therapy is on the rise...but who are we talking to?' 

Circulation: 108,500. June 28th, 2016.


Silicon Republic: Named as one of '18 researchers guaranteed to broaden your definition of the word’

Readership: 250,000 monthly. June 13th, 2016.


Silicon Republic: Interview for a feature entitled ‘Taking a philosophical approach to improve healthcare'

Readership: 250,000 monthly. June 3rd, 2016).


The Irish Times. Invited feature entitled ‘Is this on the exam? The pressing need for philosophy in schools?'

Readership: 85,000. May 2nd, 2016

Mapping Ignorance (Online science magazine, Madrid). Interview for feature entitled ‘Meaningful and sensible placebo'

May 2nd, 2016.


The Washington Post: Interview for feature entitled 

‘Why the most hated person on the internet today is someone

you have never heard of’.

Circulation: 475,000. March 22nd, 2016.


The Irish News Review of TEDx UCD talk ‘Philosophy is a Right’ :

‘TEDx – a forum for making our world a better place’

Circulation: 40,000. December 7th, 2015.


Nautilus Interview in award-winning science magazine for feature entitled 'Is Facebook Luring You into being Depressed?' 

Visits in 2014: 7,000 000. December 3rd, 2015.


Leadership+ Invited feature for the Irish Primary Principals' Network magazine entitled 'Talking More, Behaving Better'

Circulation: 7,000. September 15th, 2015.


The Irish Times Quoted in Editorial on Philosophy in Irish Schools. Education for what? The case for critical thinking. 

Circulation: 85,000. August 22nd, 2015.


The Irish Times Interview on Philosophy for Children ahead of Symposium at University College Dublin. Philosophy: the subject that improves children's literacy, numeracy and conduct

[Circulation: 85,000] (August 15th, 2015)


Psychology Today Feature on my article on ‘Facebook depression’ (Review of General Psychology, 2015) entitled ‘Exploring Facebook depression'

May 25th, 2015. Circulation: 275,000 bi-monthly.


The Herald Invited feature entitled 'Research on the placebo effect is a bitter pill for pharmaceutical companies to swallow'

Circulation: 49,500. May 14th, 2015.


The Herald Interview for feature entitled 'Antidepressants: the real story behind their increase in use and the side-effects'

[Circulation: 49,500] (May 13th, 2015) 


Leadership+ Invited feature for the Irish Primary Principals' Network magazine entitled 'Philosophy is a Right'

[Circulation: 7,000] (May 5th, 2015)


The Kernal Interview for feature entitled 'How Facebook is changing the way we think and feel'

Visits: 10,000 000 per month. May 3rd, 2015.


British Medical Journal Blog.Invited blog post ‘The talking cure taboo’. April 20th, 2015.


The Irish Times Interview on my research into the ethics of psychotherapy.‘Is psychotherapy a license to deceive?’ 

[Circulation: 85,000] (April 1st, 2015)


The Guardian Invited feature entitled ‘Can a shot of the humanities make doctors more humane?’ 

November 4th, 2013.


The Irish Times Interview for a feature which included my experiences of teaching philosophy to schoolchildren in Belfast:‘We think, Therefore We Learn’ 

Circulation: 105,000. February 21st, 2012.


The Irish News Feature entitled ‘Empowering Young Minds of the Future’ – making the case for introducing philosophy into schools – even for the youngest pupils. 

Circulation: 40,000. July 19th, 2011.







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