Lauren Ware at the ‘Pint of Science’ festival

Dr Lauren Ware, Lecturer for the Department of Philosophy, will be giving a talk as part of the Pint of Science festival, an annual series that brings researchers to local pubs to present their scientific discoveries.


Lauren’s talk will be part of a series of presentations under the theme ‘Community Services, Crime and Punishment, and Global Health’, to be held at the Northern Seaman pub, Rochester, 19.00 – 22.00 on Wednesday 16 May 2018.


In particular, Lauren will be talking about her research on pain and emotional suffering in criminal punishment. The talk imagines a scenario involving two prisoners, Ronnie and Reggie, both of whom have committed identical crimes under identical circumstances, and who have both been sentenced to four years in identical prison facilities. While their punishment conditions are identical in all respects, Ronnie is tormented by prison life and lives in a constant state of fear and distress, while Reggie finds prison life merely difficult and unpleasant. If we subscribe to the ‘equality principle’ of the same punishment for the same crimes, have Ronnie and Reggie been punished equally?

The event is open to all, and tickets cost £4. Find out more.