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Dr Xavier Symons


Visiting Research Fellow 2020

Dr Xavier Symons is Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics of the Australian Catholic University, where he was previously a post-doctoral research fellow, and is also an outgoing post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Human Flourishing Program in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.

Dr Symons has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia and the Australian Catholic University. He completed a Fulbright Future Post-doctoral Scholarship at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute for Ethics in 2021-22 with a research project focused on the ethics of dementia. He has also taught bioethics at the University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Law.

He completed his PhD at the Australian Catholic University in 2020 with a thesis that focused on the ethics of healthcare resource allocation. He also holds degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of Oxford.

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