Welcome to our new Dean, Professor Susan Dodds

4 Apr 2016

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences welcomes esteemed philosopher and bioethicist, Professor Susan Dodds, to the role of Dean.

Professor Dodds is a leading researcher in moral psychology, ethics and political philosophy. Her research concentrates on ethical and political questions relating to human vulnerability, personal autonomy, respect and legitimacy, frequently focusing on the gender and policy dimensions of these questions.

With a focus on democratic decision-making, human vulnerability and health care ethics, Professor Dodds’ research includes the ethical and social impact of developing technologies and ensuring that emerging medical developments, such as bionic implants and regenerative medicine, undergo rigorous ethical examination and public debate.

Professor Dodds has published extensively on issues relating to bioethics, deliberative democracy, relational autonomy, health policy and regulation. She has also received several ARC grants and is currently the Chief Investigator and Ethics, Policy and Public Engagement Theme Leader on a $25 million research grant through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.

Having recently relocated to Sydney from Tasmania, Professor Dodds previously held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Deputy Provost at the University of Tasmania. Among her many professional roles, Professor Dodds is the President and Chair of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Chair of the Australasian Association of Philosophy Board.

“I am delighted to commence my appointment as Dean of UNSW Arts & Social Science and to be joining a progressive Faculty that is not afraid to challenge the traditional ways of thinking and inform social change. This is an exciting time of change and opportunity for UNSW and I look forward to working with my new colleagues to contribute to the University’s bold strategy for 2025,” said Professor Dodds.

Professor Dodds assumes the role from Professor Eileen Baldry, who ends her term as Interim Dean of UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and will take up the role of Academic Chair, UNSW Diversity and Equality Board.

To read Professor Dodds full biography please visit her staff profile.