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+64 3 471 6128
Senior Lecturer
Bioethics Centre
PhD (Virginia) MPH (Virginia)
Research summary
Public health ethics, global health, resource prioritisation, health policy
Bioethics teaching across health professional schools; Lecturer BITC 404 (Ethics and Health Care); Lecturer PHIL 235 (Environmental Philosophy)


My research focuses on the ethical, political, and social dimensions of public health and health policy. I am particularly interested in notions of fairness and equity in health resource allocation and policy making. I draw on a background in philosophy and public health, as well as my experience working for two national advisory bodies, first the National Ethics Advisory Committee in New Zealand, and later the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in Washington D.C.

I have published on a range of topics in bioethics, including human rights, conscientious objection, enhancement, and fairness in resource prioritisation.


Fenton, E., & Chillag, K. (2023). We want to help: Ethical challenges of medical migration and brain waste during a pandemic. Journal of Medical Ethics, 49, 607-610. doi: 10.1136/jme-2022-108311 Journal - Research Article

Fenton, E., Robertson, L., & Hoek, J. (2022). Ethics and ENDS. Tobacco Control, 32, e243-e246. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2021-057078 Journal - Research Article

Fenton, E. (2021). Reciprocity and resources. Journal of Practical Ethics, 9(1). doi: 10.3998/jpe.1519 Journal - Research Article

Fenton, E., & Chillag, K. (2021). Conditions of global health crisis decision-making: An ethical analysis. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 18, 395-402. doi: 10.1007/s11673-021-10100-8 Journal - Research Article

Fenton, E. (2020). Management of personal protective equipment in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic: Report from the Auditor-General. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1522), 144-148. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

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