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Dr Giulia Cavaliere

Formerly at Lancaster University

Research overview


I hold a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Bologna, Italy (2008-2011), a M.A. in Philosophy, Ethics and Politics from the University of Trento, Italy (2011-2013) and a joint MSc in Bioethics from KU Leuven (Belgium), Radboud University (the Netherlands) and the University of Padova (Italy) (2014-2015). I was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Programme Scholarship to support my studies for this MSc.

I hold a PhD in Bioethics & Society from the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London (2015-2019). My doctoral research was funded via a Wellcome Trust PhD Studentship (thesis title: "Who Should Come into Existence? An investigation of the Ethical Questions Raised by New Reproductive Technologies and Procreative Decisions". Supervisors: Dr Silvia Camporesi and Professor Barbara Prainsack. Examiners: Professor Stephen Wilkinson and Professor Michael Parker)

Prior to join Lancaster University Medical School as a Lecturer in Professional Practice, Values and Ethics, I worked as a Teaching Fellow in Bioethics at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London (2019).


Research Interests

My research focuses on ethical and political questions raised by the development and use of new assisted reproductive technologies. As part of my Wellcome Trust funded PhD project, I have published on the use of genome editing in assisted reproduction, on mitochondrial replacement techniques and on research involving human embryos (for more details, see: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=qG0bDDgAAAAJ&hl=en).

I have also a long-standing interested in the history of eugenics and in how it shapes and informs current ethical debates on assisted reproduction.

More recently, I have been increasingly working on two new topics. I am interested in people's preference to have genetically related children and in the ethical implications of using assisted reproductive technologies to satisfy this preference. The second topic concerns normative dimensions of the relationship between climate change and procreative decisions.


PhD Supervision

I welcome research proposals in the following areas, broadly conceived: Ethics of assisted reproductive technologies, ethics of procreative decisions, ethics of emerging technologies and their use in health care, the history and politics of eugenics, the ethics and politics of population control.

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