Katrien Devolder

katrien devolder
Katrien has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics since 2015 (first as a Marie Curie Fellow, then as a Wellcome Trust Fellow), and an Official Fellow and co-lead of the Ethics Theme at Reuben College since 2019. She has also been Subject Editor (Practical Ethics) of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy since 2019, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Practical Ethics since 2020. 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 created The Practical Ethics Channel on YouTube, which makes complex ethical debates accessible to a wide audience through video interviews with academics, which she conducts, films and edits.
Devolder K. Genome editing in livestock. In: Edmonds D, ed. Future Morality. Forthcoming, OUP 2021. 
Douglas T, Devolder K. Gene editing, Identity and Benefit. Philosophical Quarterly 202. https://academic.oup.com/pq/advance-article/doi/10.1093/pq/pqab029/6294062
Devolder K. Genome editing in livestock, complicity, and the technological fix objection. J Agric Environ Ethics 2021; 34(16).
Devolder K, Yip, L, Douglas T. The Ethics of Human-Animal Chimeras and Animal-Animal Chimeras. The ILAR Journal 2020. Apr 24:ilaa002. doi: 10.1093/ilar/ilaa002. Epub ahead of print. 
Devolder K., Eggel, M. No Pain, no gain? In defense of genetically disenhancing (most) research animals. Animals 2019; 9(4), 154-163. 
Devolder, K. Discriminatory Conscientious Objections in Healthcare. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2019; 28(2):316-26. 
Cavaliere G, Devolder K, and Giuliani A. Regulating Genome Editing: Towards an Enlight-ened Democratic Governance. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 2019; 28(1):76-88. 
Douglas T, Devolder K. A Conception of Genetic Parenthood. Bioethics 2019 33(1):54-59. 
Devolder K. Embryo Research. In: Edmonds D, ed. Ethics and the Contemporary World. Routledge 2019, ch. 19.


Katrien Devolder's work lies in applied ethics. Her most recent project investigates the ethics of laziness. She has also done research on the ethics of genome editing and genetic selection (in humans and livestock), embryonic stem cell research and cloning, euthanasia in prisoners, medical complicity in others' wrongdoing, conscientious objections in healthcare, life extension, and human-animal chimera research.


Katrien teaches on the MSt in Practical Ethics