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Dr Mike King

Contact Details

+64 3 471 6130
Senior Lecturer and Head of Department
Bioethics Centre
BApplSc(Hons) PhD(Massey) PGDipArts(Otago)
Research summary
Animal ethics, animal use in research ethics and policy, ethics of biosciences

Coordinator and lecturer:


  • BITC 407 Advanced Health Research Ethics


  • National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee
  • Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching
  • Animal Welfare Network Aotearoa


  • Zoo and Aquarium Association Ethics Committee
  • International Council for Laboratory Animal Science, Oceania Region


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 research, farming, veterinary care and as companions.

I have also written on the ethics and regulation of reproductive and enhancement technologies and treatment of novel beings, the treatment of human cadavers, and the ethics of facilitated aid in dying.

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.

I also give lectures and workshops on ethics of animal use in research and teaching, and research ethics, to students in various papers.


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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