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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.


Mianna teaches/has taught in the following units:

  • PHL 132 Happiness, Goodness and Justice
  • PHIL2026 The Ethics and Moral Psychology of Good and Evil
  • 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
  • PHIL3041 Rights, Equity and Health
  • 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
  • Masters: PHIL7000 Research Topics in Philosophy

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, Imagining that one does: Oppression, weakness of will and the imagination, Monash University

Award Date: 9 Oct 2001


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