Research and Teaching Staff

Research Support Staff

Research and Teaching Staff

Dr Aric Bendorf
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Aric received a Masters degree in Bioethics in 2008 and a PhD in Medicine from the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney in 2015. His research focuses on the ethics of organ allocation, bureaucratic ineffectiveness, and determining why Australia’s organ donation systems lag so far behind world leading best practice. Aric is the leader of the international research project which is supported by funding from the Network of Bodies, Organs and Tissues (NBOT) - an academic research collaboration based at the University of Sydney.

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Dr Jennifer Fleming
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Jenn is a Research Fellow at the VELiM. Her research interests extend across the disciplines of applied research ethics, health law and regulation of biomedical research, particularly concerning human biobanks, clinical trials, novel therapies, the globalisation of biomedicine, biopolitics and community engagement. Jenn is a current member of the Medical Sciences HREC, Macquarie University and the Australasian Biospecimens Network- Oncology. With over 20 years professional experience in applied research ethics and health research management, among previous appointments, Jenn was the Chair of the Metro South HREC and Cancer Collaborative Group Research Scholar at Princess Alexandra Hospital and is a past board member on the Australian Health Law and Bioethics Association.

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Dr Rob Irvine
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Rob is lecturer in Bioethics at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. He has interests in the sociology of and in bioethics, the cultural and moral politics of bioethics and bioethical topics and the social, moral and political issues that surround human-animal relations. Recent research and publications have focused upon the political condition of bioethics and environmental bioethics. Rob has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh. He has taught sociology and ethics at the University of Newcastle and the Community Health and Research Training Unit (CHRTU), University of Western Australia. Before joining the CHRTU he was Research Fellow at the Abteilung für Mediziniche Soziologie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany.

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Dr Christopher Mayes
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Christopher is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the VELiM. He is currently working on the Addressing Conflicts of Interest in Public Health and Biomedicine: Enhancing Professional Integrity and Safeguarding the Public’s Health NHMRC Project Grant with Wendy Lipworth and Ian Kerridge. Christopher’s research interests are in continental philosophy, bioethics, public health and food studies. His forthcoming book The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, Ethics and Healthy Choices (Routledge) investigates the use of ‘lifestyle’ as a biopolitical dispositif in response to the purported obesity epidemic. He blogs at A Disorder of Things and you can follow him on Twitter @chrisrmayes.

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Dr Sarah Walsh
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Sarah is a historian of the human sciences in early twentieth century Latin America. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2013. Currently, she is a postdoctoral research fellow in the ARC Laureate Fellowship, "Race and Ethnicity in the Global South." Her book project, The Religion of Life: Eugenics, Race, and Catholicism in Chile, examines how race mixture became central to notions of national belonging in Chile while simultaneously excluding indigenous peoples during the first half of the twentieth century.

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Dr Christine Winter
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Christine is an ARC Future Fellow, Race and Ethnicity in the Global South, University of Sydney. Christine's research analyses race science, identity and politics of mixed-race German Diasporas in Southern Hemisphere Mandated Territories during the late 19th and 20th century. Her present project continues her interest in politics and identity transformation at the intersection of race and scientific knowledge production. Her monograph, Looking after one’s own: the rise of Nationalism and the Politics of the Neuendettelsauer Mission in Australia, New Guinea and Germany (1921-1933),and the forthcoming co-authored book War Trophies or Curios? The War Museum Collection in Museum Victoria 1915-1920, investigate colonial New Guinea.

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Research Support Staff






Centre Administration Officer;

Bioethics, Medical Humanities and QHR Program Administrator

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Christiane KLINNER

Research Support Officer and Qualitative Research Assistant

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