Dr Christopher Degeling

PhD, BVSc, MRCVS
Research Fellow
Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM), School of Public Health

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Biographical details

Chris is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. He returned to Australia after completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Population Health Intervention Research Centre at the University of Calgary, having previously been in veterinary practice in Australia and the UK. His research and teaching interests revolve around the ethics and politics of human interactions with nonhuman animals, and the social and cultural dimensions of public health. His research is inter-disciplinary, and draws together insights from Science and Technology Studies (STS) and and social and normative theories. He is the author of numerous articles on issues ranging from animal experimentation, to diagnostic innovation and biosecurity. Current projects include studies of social justice and pet ownership, the politics of One Health, and the ethics of cancer screening.

Research interests

Chris Degeling's research interests include: Social Studies and Ethics of Health; Medical Philosophy; One Health and Biosecurity; Public Health Ethics; Science and Technology Studies; Ethics of Animal Experimentation

Teaching and supervision

Human-Animal Studies

Bioethics

Science and Technology Studies

History and Philosophy of Medicine

International links

Canada

(Population Health Inequities Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary)

Selected grants

2015

  • Social justice and pet ownership: A qualitative inquiry to improve population health and advance public health ethics; Rock M, Adams C, Degeling C; Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Open Operating Grant.

2013

  • Human Animal Research Network; Probyn-Rapsey F, Belov K, Black C, Degeling C, Fawcett (Quain) A, Irvine R, Johnston J, Lea T, Kindt J, Michael M, McGreevy P, McManus P, Raubenheimer D, Schlosberg D, Spurr B, Shine R, Wadiwel D; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2012

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship; Kerridge I, Degeling C; University of Calgary/Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2011

  • The Ethics of Everyday: Exploring the impact of dog-ownership on social inclusion and the health of human populations; Degeling C; Population Health Intervention Research Network/Research Project Award.
  • Where is the Laboratory now? Representation, Intervention and Realism in the 19th and 20th Century Biomedical Sciences; Stahnisch F, Degeling C; Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada/Situating Science Workshop Funding.
  • Novel insights into how health is generated in urban settings: A ‘natural experiment’ study of off-leash areas; Rock M, McCormack G, Degeling C, Greenwood-Lee J, Massolo A, McLaren L; Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Institute of Population and Public Health Population Health Intervention Research Strategic Competit.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Rogers, W., Degeling, C., Townley, C. (2014). Equity under the knife: Justice and evidence in surgery. Bioethics, 28(3), 119-126. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Irvine, R., Kerridge, I. (2014). Faith-based perspectives on the use of chimeric organisms for medical research. Transgenic Research, 23(2), 265-279. [More Information]
  • Rock, M., Degeling, C., Blue, G. (2014). Toward stronger theory in critical public health: insights from debates surrounding posthumanism. Critical Public Health, Article in Press. [More Information]
  • Irvine, R., Degeling, C., Kerridge, I. (2013). Bioethics and Nonhuman Animals. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 10(4), 435-440. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, J. (2013). Evaluating animal models: some taxonomic worries. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: a forum for bioethics and philosophy of medicine, 38(2), 91-106. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Kerridge, I. (2013). Hendra in the news: Public policy meets public morality in times of zoonotic uncertainty. Social Science and Medicine, 82, 156-163. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Rock, M. (2013). Owning the Problem: Media portrayals of overweight dogs and the shared determinants of the health of human and companion animal populations. Anthrozöos, 25(1), 35-48.
  • Rock, M., Degeling, C. (2013). Public health ethics and a status for pets as person-things : revisiting the place of animals in urbanized societies. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 10(4), 485-495. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Kerridge, I., Rock, M. (2013). What to Think of Canine Obesity? Emerging Challenges to Our Understanding of Human-Animal Health Relationships. Social Epistemology: a journal of knowledge, culture and policy, 27(1), 90-104. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Rock, M. (2013). ‘It was not just a walking experience’: reflections on the role of care in dog-walking. Health Promotion International, 28(3), 397-406. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Burton, L., McCormack, G. (2012). An investigation of the association between socio-demographic factors, dog-exercise requirements, and the amount of walking dogs receive. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 76(3), 235-240. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, J. (2012). Animals-as-patients: improving the practice of animal experimentation. Between the Species, 15(1), 43-58.
  • Degeling, C., Rock, M. (2012). Hemoglobin A1c as a diagnostic tool: public health implications from an actor-network perspective. American Journal of Public Health, 102(1), 99-106. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2012). Narrative medicine: learning through stories. The Veterinary Record, 170(20), 522-523. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Rock, M., Rogers, W. (2012). Testing relationships: ethical arguments for screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus with HbA1C. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(3), 180-183. [More Information]
  • Irvine, R., Degeling, C., Kerridge, I. (2012). Uncanny Animals: Thinking Differently About Ethics and the Animal-Human Relationship. The American Journal of Bioethics, 12(9), 30-32. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Rock, M. (2011). Portrayals of canine obesity in english-language newspapers and in leading veterinary journals, 2000-2009: implications for animal welfare organizations and veterinarians as public educators. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 14(4), 286-303. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Townley, C., Rogers, W. (2011). Understanding Corporate Responsibility: Culture and Complicity. The American Journal of Bioethics, 11(9), 18-20. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2010). Cutting a Bone to Heal a Ligament: Idealized animals and orthopaedics. Medicine Studies, 2(2), 101-119. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2009). Fractured Hips: Surgical Authority, Futility and Innovation in Nineteenth Century Medicine. Endeavour, 33(4), 128-133. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, A. (2009). Lost in Translation: Gaps in Reasoning for Primate Stroke. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9(5), 23-25. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2009). Negotiating Value - Comparing Human and Animal Fracture Care in Industrial Societies. Science, Technology and Human Values, 34(1), 77-101.
  • Degeling, C. (2009). Picturing the Pain of Animal Others: Rationalising form, function and suffering in veterinary orthopaedics. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 31(3-4), 377-404. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, A. (2009). Underdetermined Interests: Scientific "Goods" and Animal Welfare. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9(12), 64-66. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2008). Canines, Consanguinity, and One-Medicine: All the Qualities of a Dog Except Loyalty. Health and History, 10(2), 23-47.

Conferences

  • Degeling, C. (2013). ACL injuries: Evaluating the Controversy. Metropolitan Veterinary Rounds, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Degeling, C. (2013). Framing Hendra: Of bats, bureaucrats and the precautionary principle. Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference 2013, Cairns: Australian Veterinary Association.
  • Degeling, C. (2013). Mapping the Molecule: Actor Networks, Type II Diabetes and HbA1C. Researcb in Progress Seminar, Calgary: Population Health Intervention Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.
  • Degeling, C. (2013). Medical Models and Reasoning Practices. Frontiers in Veterinary Science Lecture Series, Canada: Veterinary Medicine Faculty, University of Calgary.
  • Degeling, C. (2011). Veterinary Surgery as a Site for Innovation: Lessons from History. Testing Times: A symposium on the ethics and epistemology of animal experimentation, Sydney: Department of Philosphy, Macquarie University.
  • Degeling, C. (2010). Making the News: Comparing Veterinary and Media Representations of Canine Obesity. Making the News: Comparing Veterinary and Media Representations of Canine Obesity, United Kingdom: Department of Animal Welfare and Anthrozoology, University of Cambridge.
  • Degeling, C. (2010). Picturing the Pain of Animal Others. Unit for HPS Research Seminar Series, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, J. (2008). Animal Models - Some Taxonomic Worries. Unit for HPS Research Seminar Series, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Degeling, C. (2008). Cutting a Bone to Heal a Ligament. Animal Surgery Workshop, Montreal: University of Calgary.
  • Degeling, C. (2007). Bones of Contention. Unit for HPS Research Seminar Series, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Degeling, C. (2006). Pathologising fractures: "infernal machines", surgeons and veterinarians in the early twentieth-century. The Medical History Symposium and Witness Seminar of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine, South Launceston, Tasmania: Myola House of Publishing.

2014

  • Rogers, W., Degeling, C., Townley, C. (2014). Equity under the knife: Justice and evidence in surgery. Bioethics, 28(3), 119-126. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Irvine, R., Kerridge, I. (2014). Faith-based perspectives on the use of chimeric organisms for medical research. Transgenic Research, 23(2), 265-279. [More Information]
  • Rock, M., Degeling, C., Blue, G. (2014). Toward stronger theory in critical public health: insights from debates surrounding posthumanism. Critical Public Health, Article in Press. [More Information]

2013

  • Degeling, C. (2013). ACL injuries: Evaluating the Controversy. Metropolitan Veterinary Rounds, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Irvine, R., Degeling, C., Kerridge, I. (2013). Bioethics and Nonhuman Animals. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 10(4), 435-440. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, J. (2013). Evaluating animal models: some taxonomic worries. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: a forum for bioethics and philosophy of medicine, 38(2), 91-106. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2013). Framing Hendra: Of bats, bureaucrats and the precautionary principle. Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference 2013, Cairns: Australian Veterinary Association.
  • Degeling, C., Kerridge, I. (2013). Hendra in the news: Public policy meets public morality in times of zoonotic uncertainty. Social Science and Medicine, 82, 156-163. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2013). Mapping the Molecule: Actor Networks, Type II Diabetes and HbA1C. Researcb in Progress Seminar, Calgary: Population Health Intervention Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary.
  • Degeling, C. (2013). Medical Models and Reasoning Practices. Frontiers in Veterinary Science Lecture Series, Canada: Veterinary Medicine Faculty, University of Calgary.
  • Degeling, C., Rock, M. (2013). Owning the Problem: Media portrayals of overweight dogs and the shared determinants of the health of human and companion animal populations. Anthrozöos, 25(1), 35-48.
  • Rock, M., Degeling, C. (2013). Public health ethics and a status for pets as person-things : revisiting the place of animals in urbanized societies. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 10(4), 485-495. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Kerridge, I., Rock, M. (2013). What to Think of Canine Obesity? Emerging Challenges to Our Understanding of Human-Animal Health Relationships. Social Epistemology: a journal of knowledge, culture and policy, 27(1), 90-104. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Rock, M. (2013). ‘It was not just a walking experience’: reflections on the role of care in dog-walking. Health Promotion International, 28(3), 397-406. [More Information]

2012

  • Degeling, C., Burton, L., McCormack, G. (2012). An investigation of the association between socio-demographic factors, dog-exercise requirements, and the amount of walking dogs receive. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 76(3), 235-240. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, J. (2012). Animals-as-patients: improving the practice of animal experimentation. Between the Species, 15(1), 43-58.
  • Degeling, C., Rock, M. (2012). Hemoglobin A1c as a diagnostic tool: public health implications from an actor-network perspective. American Journal of Public Health, 102(1), 99-106. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2012). Narrative medicine: learning through stories. The Veterinary Record, 170(20), 522-523. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Rock, M., Rogers, W. (2012). Testing relationships: ethical arguments for screening for type 2 diabetes mellitus with HbA1C. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(3), 180-183. [More Information]
  • Irvine, R., Degeling, C., Kerridge, I. (2012). Uncanny Animals: Thinking Differently About Ethics and the Animal-Human Relationship. The American Journal of Bioethics, 12(9), 30-32. [More Information]

2011

  • Degeling, C., Rock, M. (2011). Portrayals of canine obesity in english-language newspapers and in leading veterinary journals, 2000-2009: implications for animal welfare organizations and veterinarians as public educators. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 14(4), 286-303. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Townley, C., Rogers, W. (2011). Understanding Corporate Responsibility: Culture and Complicity. The American Journal of Bioethics, 11(9), 18-20. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2011). Veterinary Surgery as a Site for Innovation: Lessons from History. Testing Times: A symposium on the ethics and epistemology of animal experimentation, Sydney: Department of Philosphy, Macquarie University.

2010

  • Degeling, C. (2010). Cutting a Bone to Heal a Ligament: Idealized animals and orthopaedics. Medicine Studies, 2(2), 101-119. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2010). Making the News: Comparing Veterinary and Media Representations of Canine Obesity. Making the News: Comparing Veterinary and Media Representations of Canine Obesity, United Kingdom: Department of Animal Welfare and Anthrozoology, University of Cambridge.
  • Degeling, C. (2010). Picturing the Pain of Animal Others. Unit for HPS Research Seminar Series, Sydney: The University of Sydney.

2009

  • Degeling, C. (2009). Fractured Hips: Surgical Authority, Futility and Innovation in Nineteenth Century Medicine. Endeavour, 33(4), 128-133. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, A. (2009). Lost in Translation: Gaps in Reasoning for Primate Stroke. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9(5), 23-25. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C. (2009). Negotiating Value - Comparing Human and Animal Fracture Care in Industrial Societies. Science, Technology and Human Values, 34(1), 77-101.
  • Degeling, C. (2009). Picturing the Pain of Animal Others: Rationalising form, function and suffering in veterinary orthopaedics. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 31(3-4), 377-404. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, A. (2009). Underdetermined Interests: Scientific "Goods" and Animal Welfare. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9(12), 64-66. [More Information]

2008

  • Degeling, C., Johnson, J. (2008). Animal Models - Some Taxonomic Worries. Unit for HPS Research Seminar Series, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Degeling, C. (2008). Canines, Consanguinity, and One-Medicine: All the Qualities of a Dog Except Loyalty. Health and History, 10(2), 23-47.
  • Degeling, C. (2008). Cutting a Bone to Heal a Ligament. Animal Surgery Workshop, Montreal: University of Calgary.

2007

  • Degeling, C. (2007). Bones of Contention. Unit for HPS Research Seminar Series, Sydney: The University of Sydney.

2006

  • Degeling, C. (2006). Pathologising fractures: "infernal machines", surgeons and veterinarians in the early twentieth-century. The Medical History Symposium and Witness Seminar of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine, South Launceston, Tasmania: Myola House of Publishing.

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