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Biography

Mianna joined the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie in 2005 as Associate Lecturer in Ethics/Applied Ethics. Prior to her arrival she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, and a Lecturer at La Trobe University. Mianna holds a PhD from Monash University, and since graduating has taught subjects in normative and meta-ethics, applied and professional ethics, and social philosophy at a number of universities in Australia and New Zealand.

Research interests

Mianna's primary current research interests are in the ethical and political philosophy of the family, childhood, parenting and reproduction, including recent biotechnological and surgical innovations, with a particular focus on questions pertaining to parental obligations/liberties and children's autonomy, rights and welfare.

She is currently working on an international collaborative project on the ethics of uterus transplantation, called 'Ethics of Uterus Transplant in Australia: Lessons from Sweden and the UK'.

Mianna is a member of the international Research Network on Democracy, Ethics and Public Policy (DEPP). See here: http://demographyethicsandpublicpolicy.weebly.com/

She is part of an international project team working on the ethics and political philosophy of procreation and education (http://www.phil.ufl.edu/events/2015/02/pepr/index.html) and was an international co-applicant on a broad, interdisciplinary, collaborative project in the humanities and social sciences, called "What Sorts of People Should There Be?" a project exploring historical, social and ethical issues in biotechnology, enhancement and eugenics. For more on this project see http://www.whatsorts.net/

Research student supervision

I am available to supervise postgraduate students in a range of topic areas within applied and professional ethics, ethical theory (including Virtue Ethics), philosophy and the family, and moral psychology.

Postgraduate Completions:

  • Ruby Catsanos (PhD, completed 2015), The Ethics of Uterus Transplantation
  • Jai Galliott, (PhD, completed 2015), Military Robots: Mapping the Moral Landscape
  • Michelle Lai (MRes, completed 2015), The Ethics of the Use of Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) for Child Sex Offenders
  • David Wallace, PhD 2014, Decision Making Technologies: A Benefit or Threat to Ethical Professional Practice?

Teaching

Mianna teaches/has taught in the following units:

  • PHL 132 Happiness, Goodness and Justice
  • PHL 225 Ethical Theory: Moral Selves and Others
  • PHL 242 Practical Ethics
  • PHL 260/CBMS807 Bioethics and Biotechnology
  • PHL 264/364 Business and Professional Ethics
  • PHL 341 Action, Virtue and Character
  • Honours: The Moral and Political Status of Children
  • Honours: Advanced Topics in Ethics and Applied Ethics: Children, the family, and the State: philosophical issues
  • Masters: PHIL705 Foundations of Research in Ethics

Community engagement

  • 2011-current Chair, Faculty of Arts Research Ethics Committee
  • 2010 Philosophy Department Honours Convenor
  • 2008-2009 Deputy Chair, Macquarie University Ethics Review Committee (Human Research)
  • Research Ethics Advisor on the Ethics Review Committee (Human Research), and an Ethics Representative of Faculty of Arts
  • Member of Philosophy Department's Honours Committee and HDR Committee

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, Monash University

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Uterus Medicine & Life Sciences
moral philosophy Social Sciences
Ethics Medicine & Life Sciences
Transplantation Medicine & Life Sciences
Intellectual Property Medicine & Life Sciences
Assisted Reproductive Techniques Medicine & Life Sciences
Professional Practice Medicine & Life Sciences
Teaching Social Sciences

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Projects 2007 2019

Research Output 2002 2018

Systems advocacy in the professional practice of early childhood teachers: from the antithetical to the ethical

Fenech, M. & Lotz, M. 2018 In : Early Years. 38, 1, p. 19-34 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Professional Practice
childhood
Ethics
teacher
Political Systems

Uterus transplantation as radical reproduction: taking the adoption alternative more seriously

Lotz, M. Oct 2018 In : Bioethics. 32, 8, p. 499-508 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Uterus
Reproduction
Transplantation
Ethical Analysis
Social Responsibility

Liberalism and the status of family making

Lotz, M. 2 Feb 2017 Procreation, parenthood, and educational rights: ethical and philosophical issues. Ahlberg, J. & Cholbi, M. (eds.). New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, p. 113-136 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Parental vulnerability

Lotz, M. 2017 In : Etikk i Praksis. 11, 1, p. 41-60 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Vulnerability
Parenting
Social Structure
Childhood
Social Mechanisms

Commentary on nicola williams and stephen wilkinson: 'Should uterus transplants be publicly funded?'

Lotz, M. 1 Sep 2016 In : Journal of Medical Ethics. 42, 9, p. 570-571 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/opinion

Prizes

Teaching
learning
student
Teaching

Press / Media

Comment in The Conversation: IVF treatment for older women: Is age the greatest concern?

Marianne Lotz

17/10/12

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Contribution to Australian Review of Public Affairs

Marianne Lotz

11/11/08

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities