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Prof. Elena Popa

Prof. Elena Popa

Ph.D. & MA in Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; BA in Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’, Iaşi, Romania.


Elena Popa received her Doctorate and MA Degree in Philosophy from Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from University ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’, Iaşi, Romania.

Elena Popa has over six years of academic work experience and was associated with Asian University for Women, Chittagong, Bangladesh, and American University of Central Asia, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (affiliated with the Bard network). Her Ph.D. thesis critically engaged with interventionist accounts of causation. Parts of this research have been published in top journals in the philosophy of science such as Review of Philosophy and Psychology and Synthese. Other research interests include science and values, with particular focus on cross-cultural issues, on which she has published in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, among others.



  • (forthcoming, June 2022) ‘Concepts of Biodiversity and Pragmatism: An Analysis of Environmental Research on Walnut Forests in Central Asia,’ SATS.

  • (2022) ‘Getting Counterfactuals Right: The Perspective of the Causal Reasoner’, Synthese 200, 1–18, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11229-022-03492-6.

  • (2021) ‘Human Goals Are Constitutive of Agency in Artificial Intelligence (AI).’ Philosophy & Technology, 34(4), 1731-1750, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-021-00483-2.


  • ‘Using Mixed Methods Research to Resolve the Tension between Global and Local Psychiatric Approaches,’ Causal Inference and Mixed Methods Research, May 5th - 6th 2022, University of Kent, UK. Link.

  • ‘Distrust and Decision Making in Public Health,’ January 20th, 2022, Research Seminar, Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland [invited]. Link.