Katrien Devolder is a Senior Research Fellow in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and a Research Fellow in the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, and in Wolfson College. Her research lies in applied ethics. She currently holds a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship to work on her project ‘The Ethics of Genome Editing in Livestock’. She previously held a Marie Curie Fellowship at Oxford to complete a two-year project on moral complicity of medical professionals in others’ wrongdoing. Prior to coming to Oxford, Katrien was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and then Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences at Ghent University. She obtained her PhD in Philosophy from Ghent University in 2006.
Katrien Devolder has published two monographs: 'Copyright. Een Bio-ethisch Essay', Leuven University Press 2001 (on the ethics of human cloning – in Dutch) and 'The Ethics of Embryonic Stem Cell Research', Oxford University Press 2015. She has also published on ethical issues pertaining to the treatment of sex offenders, genetic selection, life extension, genome editing in humans and animals, compromising in bioethical debate, euthanasia at prisoners’ requests, and to complicity in past unethical medical research.
Katrien Devolder's work lies in applied ethics. Her most recent project investigates problems of moral complicity of medical professionals in others’ wrongdoing (e.g. possible complicity of doctors in torture or in discriminatory practices) and the ethics of genome editing in livestock.