Dr. Alvarez is Visiting Scholar (postdoctoral researcher) at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics. He is Researcher in Philosophy and coordinator for the research project ‘Applied Ethics: Technology and Governance of Health and Natural Resources’ at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU Programme for Applied Ethics, IFR in Trondheim, Norway.

Dr. Alvarez earned his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Bergen (2009). His dissertation Threshold Considerations: The Ethics of Healthcare Rationing in Extreme Scarcity explored the limits of rationing healthcare in extreme scarcity based on basic needs and abilities required for moral agency.

His research focus while visiting UBC is on cultural conflicts and ethics of enhancement technologies. This involves conducting online deliberative experiments with Professor Peter Danielson. A paper from this collaboration has been submitted for publication.

The earlier work of Dr. Alvarez on the place of empirical methods in bioethics is included in the 2014 Special Virtual Issue of the journal Bioethics The Role of Philosophy and Philosophers in Bioethics.

His current interests focus on the relation between cultural diversity and deliberation on controversial issues about new technologies. He also works on ethical issues related to land use especially on the moral status of future generations affected by current practices. He recently published his analysis of the place of culture-based reasons in public debates about new technologies.

Journal publications

Alvarez, A.A. (2014) The Place of Culture-based Reasons in Public Debates. Human Affairs. 24 (2).

Alvarez, A.A. (2014) How Rational Should Bioethics Be? The Value of Empirical Approaches. In Häyry & Takala, eds. The Role of Philosophy and Philosophers in Bioethics. Bioethics Virtual Special Issue. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-8519

Alvarez, A.A.  (2013) Health equity in a globalised world: toward constraining global greed?. Asian Bioethics Review. 5 (4).

Alvarez, A.A. (2013) Protecting intellectual property versus making essential medicines affordable: a case of weighing long-term term versus short-term interests?. Asian Bioethics Review.  5 (4).

Alvarez, A.A. (2010) Conducting biomedical research in extreme scarcity. Asian Bioethics Review.  2 (3).

Alvarez, A.A. (2009) The cross-cultural importance of satisfying vital needs. Bioethics. 23 (9).

Alvarez, A.A.. (2009) The preintrinsic value of vital needs and the problem of extreme scarcity. Asian Bioethics Review. 1 (3).

Alvarez, A.A. (2007) Threshold Considerations In Fair Allocation Of Health Resources: Justice Beyond Scarcity. Bioethics. 21 (8).

Manaloto, Renato; Alvarez, A.A.; Alvarez, Mary Ann. (2005) Analysis Of Some Filipino Perspectives On Ethical Issues In Multi-country Collaborative Research: A Case Of Deep Listening. Bioethics.  19 (5-6).

Alvarez, A.A. (2001) How Rational Should Bioethics Be? The Value of Empirical Approaches. Bioethics.  15 (5-6).

Part of book/report

Alvarez, A.A. (2009) Rationing. In Kattan, ed. Encyclopedia of Medical Decision Making. SAGE Publications.

De Castro, Leonardo; Alvarez, A.A. (2004) “Sakit” and “Karamdamam”: Towards Authenticity in the Filipino Concepts of Disease and Illness. In Q. RenZong ed. Bioethics: Asian Perspectives A Quest for Moral Diversity. Kluwer Academic Publishers.



Alvarez, A.A.. (2009) Threshold Considerations: The Ethics of Healthcare Rationing in Extreme Scarcity. Universitetet i Bergen. 2009. ISBN 978-82-308-0914-3.