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Professor Christine Hauskeller

MA in Philosophy and Sociology, Dr phil in Philosophy

Associate Professor


01392 725129

Byrne House 13

I am on research leave until December 2018, but in Exeter most of the time. If you seek a personal meeting, don't hesitate to contact me via email to arrange one.  

Areas of Expertise:

Philosophy of Medicine, Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, Critical Theory, Interdisciplinary Research in Ethics, Public Understanding of Science, STS, Bioethics.

I am a philosopher with training also in sociology and psychology. My research covers a range of topics in Applied Ethics, Critical Theory and the Philosophy of Biomedicine. Present research foci are

- the politics of life science governance

- the intersection of humanitarian, feminist and postcolonial ethics and theory.

More generally, I am interested in the interrelationships between knowledge, power, institutions, individuals, values and logics of justification. My research is often in close cooperation with sociologistsm when I lead empirical investigations of the practices and reasoning applied in biomedicine and ethics.  

Commissions of Trust include

German Zentrale Ethikkommission Stammzellforschung am Robert Koch Institut, 2014 -2020  

Irish Research Council Panel Postdoctroal Programme Humanities, 2016 - 2018 

ERC Grant Panels 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017

BBSRC Science and Society Strategy Panel, 2010-2016

Visiting Fellowships

2019 Aug. - Sept.     Borcher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

2018 Sept. - Oct.      Beşikçizade Center for Medical Humanities, Istanbul, Turkey

2017 May - June      International Visiting Fellowship NUS and Nanyang Technical University, Singapore  

2015 Oct. - Dec.       Hanse-Wissenschafts-Kolleg, Delmenhorst, Germany

2015 June - July      Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

2014 Sep. - Nov.      Brocher Foundation, Geneva - Hermance, Switzerland

2008 Mar. - April      Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany

Research group links

Research interests

My Ph.D. dissertation (The Paradoxical Subject, 2000) analyzed Judith Butler’s and Michel Foucault’s understandings of the subject from the perspective of Critical Theory. I have a longstanding interest in and teach feminist philosophy, with a focus on philosophy of science and identity politics.

My postdoctoral research encompasses several discrete and detailed empirical studies on how moral values and cultural differences affect epistemic practices. I am particularly interested in the intersection of these four axes of social pracice: knowledge production, ethical and social values, bioeconomics, science policy.

My research in ethics and philosophy of science has zoomed in on aspects of the space marked by these four axes over the past 20 years. I was studied the effects of science policy on research pathways, research participants, institutions and patients in different proejcts that have explored the factors that shape the formation of scientific knowledge and its translation into applications in stem cell biology and medicine. The originality of this work lies in two aspects: the critical theory perspective and the empirical comparative approach. Major topics are stem cell research and genomics. 

The interst in social-political philosophy and ethics at the centre of my Ph.D. work is another strand of inquiry. It overlaps in part with my studies in the philosophy of biomedicine (in my research on genomics and identity and bioethics). I follow, teach and publish on developments in Feminist Philosophy and Critical Theory. Most of my Ph.D. supervision is in this domain.  

Research projects: 

Stem Cell Science: Epistemology, history, ethics and research practice 

Genetics and the Politics of Human Identity

Ethical Harmonization in European Clinical Trials (see

Feminist Philosophy, Humanitarian Ethics and Politics


For more Info see my pages at research gate

Research supervision

I run a regular research colloquium for the PGR students I supervise, the Critical Theory Reading Group. It is invitation only. For persons interested in joining, please contact me via email and arrange a personal meeting.

Please contact me via email with a project outline or a sketch of your initial  idea if you want to apply for supervision. 

I am happy supervise dissertations in both philosophy and STS on the following subject areas: 

  • Frankfurt School and poststructuralist philosophy
  • Philosophy of Biomedicine, especially stem cell research and genomics-related topics 
  • Bioethics and life ccience governance
  • Contemproary Political and Social Philosophy - especially feminist philosophy
  • Identity, Subjectivity, Self

Research students

Current research students

Christina Terberl, "Speech, truth and normative arguments in political theory", AHRC PhD studentship starting October 2018.

Ahmet Karakaya, "Norms and Values in British and Turkish Muslim Bioethical Debates: Exploring the Tensions in Coexisting Secular and Religious Discours", International Exeter PhD studentship, started 1. Jan. 2018

Jack Price, “Phenomenology and Critical Theory: Subjectivity and the Self in Max Scheler”, AHRC Ph.D. studentship from 2015


Former PhD students:

Dr Jaanika Puusalu, “Connectedness: Identity creation and alienation in contemporary social world”,  AHRC Ph.D. studentship and Estoanian maintenance grant, from 2014.  

Dr. David Wyatt. ESRC studentship 2010-2014. 'Accomplishing Technical and Investigative Expertise in Everyday Crime Scene Investigation'. A study on the role perceptions, training and everyday routines of Crime Scene Investigators in England and Wales.
 David is now postdoctoral Fellow at Kings College London.

. Ayesha Ahmad. ‘Metaphysics in Scientific Medicine: The Making of the Human Embryo’. Co-supervised by Christine Hauskeller and Alan Bleakly at the Peninsula College for Medicine and Dentistry. Ayesha took up a tutor post at University College London Medical School in 2013.

Dr. Maren Klotz.  ‘[K]information. Gamete Donation and the Constitution of Kinship through Knowledge Management in Britain and Germany – an Ethnographic Exploration’. Maren won the Hunboldt Prize 2013 for her dissertation. Supervisors: Christine Hauskeller and Stefan Beck in a Cotutelle between Exeter and Humboldt University Berlin. Maren moved on to a 5-year Habilitation position at the Humboldt University Berlin in European Ethnology.

Dr. Marco Liverani, 'European Bio-futures. Politics and Practice of Science Cooperation in the European Union’, in sociology completed in 2011. Marco moved on to a position as postdoctoral research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Dr. Jean Louise Harrington. ESRC funded Ph.D. student in ‘Stem Cell Research in Context’ (2007-2010). ‘Translational Space. An Ethnographic Study of Stem Cell Research’, completed in 2011. Jean moved on to take up a postdoctoral research fellow position at King’s College London.

Dr. Hristina Petkova. ‘How Gene Tests Travel: Bi-national Comparison of the Institutional Pathways Taken by the Diagnostic Genetic Test for Maturity onset Diabetes of the Young Through the British and the German Health Care System’. 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at King’s College London since 2009.

Modules taught


I graduated from the University Frankfurt on Main and completed my Ph.D. at the TU-Darmstadt.

In 2002 I came to Exeter to work at the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, of which I was a Co-Director from 2009 - 2012. 

Since 2012 I have been teaching Philosophy at Exeter. 

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