Katrien Devolder


Katrien Devolder is a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, based in the Department of Philosophy, and a Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, based in the Big Data Institute. Her research focus is in applied ethics.

Katrien 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 project on moral complicity of medical professionals in others’ wrongdoing (e.g. possible complicity of doctors in torture or in discriminatory practices).

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 has published two monographs – one investigating compromise positions in the embryonic stem cell debate (OUP, 2015) and one investigating the ethics of human cloning (Leuven University Press, 2001). She has also published on ethical issues pertaining to the treatment of sex offenders, genetic selection, gamete donation, life extension, compromising in bioethical debate, euthanasia at prisoners’ requests, and gene editing.

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.