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64 3 471 6130
Senior Lecturer
Bioethics Centre
BApplSc(Hons) PhD(Massey) PGDipArts(Otago)
Research summary
Animal ethics, ethics of bioscience, ethics of assisted reproductive technologies



  • Member, University of Otago Human Ethics Committee
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching


My research draws on my early academic experience in the life sciences as well as moral and political philosophy. A main theme of this research is the ethical treatment of animals in scientific research, farming, veterinary care and as companions. I have also written on the ethics of reproductive and cognitive enhancement technologies and their regulation, sports policy and enhancement, the treatment of human cadavers, and suicide reporting in the media.

Additional details

I am PhD Coordinator for the Bioethics Centre, and am happy to receive any inquiries regarding PhD study at the Centre.

I supervise at all levels on a range of topics, including animal ethics, scientific research ethics, ethics of assisted reproductive technology and ethics of enhancement. I am happy to talk to prospective students about the papers I lecture in and to potential postgraduate students about their research ideas.


Glassey, S., Liebergreen, N., Rodriguez Ferrere, M., & King, M. (2023). It was one of the worst days of my life: Companion animal owners’ experiences of the Edgecumbe 2017 flood in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 96, 103923. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2023.103923 Journal - Research Article

Allen, K., Anderson, L., King, M., & Mullan, S. (2023). Competing interests at the heart of equine sports medicine ethics: A scoping review and thematic analysis. Equine Veterinary Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/evj.13942 Journal - Research Other

Zohny, H., McMillan, J., & King, M. (2023). Ethics of generative AI. Journal of Medical Ethics, 49(2), 79-80. doi: 10.1136/jme-2023-108909 Journal - Research Other

King, M., & Maclaurin, J. (2022, September). The ethics of cryptocurrencies. Joint Bioethics-Philosophy Seminar, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar]. Other Research Output

Hounsell, J., Liebergreen, N., King, M., & McGregor, A. L. (2022). Exploring the awareness of people affected by Huntington's disease towards regenerative therapies. New Zealand Medical Journal, 135(1557), (pp. 103). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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