Department of Philosophy

Mianna Lotz

Mianna LotzBA Auck., MA(Hons) Auck., DipProfEthics Auck., PhD Monash

Mianna joined the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie in 2005 as Associate Lecturer in Ethics/Applied Ethics. Prior to her arrival she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, and a Lecturer at La Trobe University. Mianna holds a PhD from Monash University, and since graduating has taught subjects in normative and meta-ethics, applied and professional ethics, and social philosophy at a number of universities in Australia and New Zealand.


Mianna teaches in the following units:

  • PHL 132 Philosophy, Morality and Society
  • PHL 225 Ethical Theory
  • PHL 242 Practical Ethics
  • PHL 260/CBMS807 Bioethics and Biotechnology
  • PHL 264/364 Business and Professional Ethics
  • PHL 341 Action, Virtue and Character
  • Honours Seminar: The Moral and Political Status of Children
  • Honours Seminar: Advanced Topics in Ethics and Applied Ethics: Children, the family, and the State: philosophical issues

Prizes and awards

  • 2013 Faculty of Arts Higher Degree Research Award - Best Record for Encouraging Student Publications
  • 2008 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2008 (joint citation with Catriona Mackenzie & Cynthia Townley)
  • 2007 SCMP Award for Excellence in Teaching at 200 level

Recent publications

Edited Books

Jai Galliott and Mianna Lotz (Eds), 2015. Super soldiers: The ethical, legal and military implications. Surrey UK: Ashgate).

Book Chapters
  • Lotz, M. 2017. 'Liberalism and the Status of Family Making'. In Jaime Ahlberg and Michael Cholbi (eds), Procreation, Parenthood, and Educational Rights. (New York: Routledge): 113-136.
  • Lotz, M. 2014. Parental Values and Children's Vulnerability. In C. Mackenzie, W. Rogers and S. Dodds,Vulnerability: New Essays in Ethics and Feminist Philosophy(Oxford University Press).  <>
  • Lotz, M. 2014. Adoptee Vulnerability and Post-Adoptive Parental Obligation. In F. Baylis and C. McLeod (eds),Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges.Oxford University Press.  <>
  • Lotz, M. 2013. The Two-Parent Limitation in ART Parentage Law: Old-fashioned law for new-fashioned families. In D. Cutas and S. Chan (eds) Families: Beyond the Nuclear Ideal.Bloomsbury Academic. <>
  • Lotz, M. 2008. 'Overstating the Biological: Geneticism and Essentialism in Social Cloning and Social Sex Selection'. In Janna Thompson and Loane Skene (eds) The Sorting Society: The Ethics of Genetic Testing and Therapy. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Refereed Journal Articles
  • Lotz, M. (forthcoming in 2017). Parental Vulnerability, Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, Special Issue on Family Ethics (accepted Feb 14 2017).
  • Lotz, M. 2016. 'Commentary on Nicola Williams and Stephen Wilkinson: Should Uterus Transplants Be Publicly Funded? Journal of Medical Ethics 42: 9: 570-571.
  • Lotz, M. 2016. Vulnerability and Resilience: A Critical Nexus. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 37 :45-59.
  • Fenech, M. & Lotz, M. 2016. Systems advocacy in the professional practice of early childhood teachers: from the antithetical to the ethical. Early Years (DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2016.1209739).
  • Hutchison K, Rogers W, Eyers A, Lotz M. Getting clearer about surgical innovation: A new definition and a new tool to support safer practice. Annals of Surgery (forthcoming in 2015).
  • Rogers WA, Lotz M, Hutchison K, Pourmoslemi A, Eyers A. Identifying Surgical Innovation: A qualitative study of surgeons' views.  Ann Surg. 2014; 259 (2): 273-8.
  • Haslanger S, Latchford F, Lotz M, Park S, Rully T and Witt C. Adoption in Philosophy. Adoption and Culture 4The Bibliographies Issue: Adoption Studies Research 2014: 127-132.
  • Lotz, M. Surgical Innovation as Sui Generis Surgical Research. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 2013; 34 (6) 2013: 447-459
  • Rogers WA, Lotz M, Hutchison K, Pourmoslemi A, Eyers A. Identifying Surgical Innovation: A Qualitative Study of surgeons' Views. Annals of Surgery (available online ahead of print DOI: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e31829ccc5f).
  • Catsanos R, Rogers W, Lotz M. The Ethics of Uterus Transplantation. Bioethics 2013; 27 (2): 65-73.
  • Johnson J, Rogers W, Lotz M, Townley C, Meyerson D and Tomossy G. The ethical challenges of innovative surgery - a response to the IDEAL recommendations. Lancet 2010, 376 (9746): 1113-1115.
  • Lotz, M. Rethinking Procreation: Why it Matters Why We Have Children.  Journal of Applied Philosophy 2011; 28 (2): 105-121.
  • Lotz, M. Procreative Reasons-relevance: On the Moral Significance of Why We Have Children'. Bioethics 2009; 23 (5): 291-299.
  • 'Feinberg, Mills, and the Child's Right to an Open Future. Journal of Social Philosophy 2006; 37 (4): 537-551.
  • Levy, N. and Lotz, M. Reproductive Cloning and A (Kind Of) Genetic Fallacy. Bioethics 2005; 19 (3): 232-250.
  • Lotz, M. Childhood Obesity and the Question of Parental Liberty. Journal of Social Philosophy 2004; 35 (2): 288-303.
  • Levy, N and Lotz, M. The Ethics of the Live Sheep Export Trade. Proceedings of the Australian Veterinary Association Annual Conference. 3 May 2004. Available at
  • Lotz, M. Colliding Worlds: Indigenous Rights, Traditional Knowledge, and Plant Intellectual Property. Business and Professional Ethics 2002; 21 (3 & 4): 71-94.
Other Publications
  • Lotz, M. 2012. 'IVF treatment for older women: Is age the greatest concern?' The Conversation (October 17, 2012), <>
  • 'New Reproductive Technologies and Limits to Procreative Liberty', Australian Review of Public Affairs, November 2008. Available here
  • 'Ethical arguments concerning the moral permissibility of abortion.' Published in 2005 by National Foundation for Australian Women.

Current research

Mianna's primary current research interests are in the ethical and political philosophy of the family, childhood, parenting and reproduction, including recent biotechnological and surgical innovations, with a particular focus on questions pertaining to parental obligations/liberties and children's autonomy, rights and welfare.

She is currently working on an international collaborative project on the ethics of uterus transplantation, called 'Ethics of Uterus Transplant in Australia: Lessons from Sweden and the UK'.

Mianna is a member of the international Research Network on Democracy, Ethics and Public Policy (DEPP). See here:

She is part of an international project team working on the ethics and political philosophy of procreation and education ( and was an international co-applicant on a broad, interdisciplinary, collaborative project in the humanities and social sciences, called "What Sorts of People Should There Be?" a project exploring historical, social and ethical issues in biotechnology, enhancement and eugenics. For more on this project see


I am available to supervise postgraduate students in a range of topic areas within applied and professional ethics, ethical theory (including Virtue Ethics), philosophy and the family, and moral psychology.

Postgraduate Completions:

  • Ruby Catsanos (PhD, completed 2015), The Ethics of Uterus Transplantation
  • Jai Galliott, (PhD, completed 2015), Military Robots: Mapping the Moral Landscape
  • Michelle Lai (MRes, completed 2015), The Ethics of the Use of Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT) for Child Sex Offenders
  • David Wallace, PhD 2014, Decision Making Technologies: A Benefit or Threat to Ethical Professional Practice?

Administrative responsibilities

  • 2011-current Chair, Faculty of Arts Research Ethics Committee
  • 2010 Philosophy Department Honours Convenor
  • 2008-2009 Deputy Chair, Macquarie University Ethics Review Committee (Human Research)
  • Research Ethics Advisor on the Ethics Review Committee (Human Research), and an Ethics Representative of Faculty of Arts
  • Member of Philosophy Department's Honours Committee and HDR Committee

Contact details

Location: Building W6A Room 734
Phone: (61 2) 9850 8804 
Fax: (61 2) 9850 8892
Consultation: By appointment