Dr. Georgie Statham

Areas of specialization:

Philosophy of Causation, Philosophy of Chemistry

Areas of competence:

Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics



I work in the philosophy of science, mostly on causation and the philosophy of chemistry. My current research focuses on the various ways that pragmatic and normative factors can (legitimately) affect our causal reasoning.  My aim is to determine the implications of these pragmatic and normative aspects of causal reasoning, particularly in the contexts of policy development and science.

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Huw Price and Hasok Chang. In my thesis, Testing Interventionist Causation: The Case of Organic Chemistry, I explore what we can learn about causation in general—and the interventionist theory in particular—by investigating the causal reasoning used in organic chemistry. Before my PhD I did a BSc (Hons) in chemistry at the Australian National University, and an MPhil in philosophy at the University of Western Australia.


  • Woodward and variable relativity’, Philosophical Studies, forthcoming.
  • ‘The manipulation of chemical reactions: probing the limits of interventionism’, Synthese, forthcoming
  • ‘Contrastive causation: a case study’, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 2017, 68, 663-688.