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Catherine Mills is a Professor in the Monash Bioethics Centre. Her disciplinary background is philosophy, and her research addresses ethical issues in human reproduction, especially from the perspective of how new reproductive technologies impact on women. She also has expertise in feminist philosophy and aspects of Continental philosophy, particularly the work of Michel Foucault, and debates on biopolitics. 

She is the author of three single author books, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her books are: The Philosophy of Agamben (2008), Futures of Reproduction: Bioethics and biopolitics (2011) and Biopolitics (2018). 

Recent funded projects include an ARC Future Fellowship (2013 to 2018), on ideas of responsibility in relation to human reproduction. An ARC Discovery Project (2017-2019) supports research on the ethical and legal issues raised by technologies that permit inheritable genetic modifications to the human genome, such as mitochondrial replacement techniques and CRISPR-Cas9. An earlier ARC Discovery Project supported research on obstetric ultrasound and selective termination of pregnancy. 

She is a member of the Health and Biofutures Focus Program at Monash University.

She is available to supervise research students in the Philosophy (including Bioethics) HDR program. She has particular interest in supervising projects in the following areas (or combination thereof) but will also consider other topics:

- bioethics, especially issues at the beginning and end of life

- reproductive ethics, including ethics of pregnancy and parenting, obstetrics and perinatality

- innovation in human reproduction, including issues around ARTs, gene editing, human enhancement and disability

- biopolitics, including biocapital and power, especally the work of Foucault

- feminist theory, including theories of gender and intersectionality, maternity and subjectivity 

Research area keywords

  • Reproductive technologies
  • Bioethics
  • Feminist theory
  • Biopolitics
  • Foucault

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Research Output

Statement on bioinformatics and capturingthe benefits of genome sequencingfor society

Mills, C., 29 May 2019, In : Human Genomics. p. 13-24 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOther

Open Access

Statement on bioinformatics and capturing the benefits of genome sequencing for society

Capps, B., Chadwick, R., Joly, Y., Lysaght, T., Mills, C., Mulvihill, J. J. & Zwart, H., 29 May 2019, In : Human Genomics. 13, 1, 6 p., 24.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access


Mills, C. J., 2018, 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge. 185 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Seeing, Feeling, Doing: Mandatory Ultrasound Laws, Empathy and Abortion

Mills, C. J., 2018, In : Journal of Practical Ethics. 6, 2, p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Open Access


Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research for an Early Career Researcher

Catherine Mills (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship

Catherine Mills (Recipient), 29 Jul 2016

Prize: Competitive Fellowships


  • 18 Contribution to conference
  • 2 Committees and working groups
  • 2 Visiting an external academic institution


Catherine Mills (Fellow)
4 Jun 201921 Mar 2021

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

Human Genome Organisation Ethics Committee

Catherine Mills (Member)
28 May 201828 May 2020

Activity: External Academic EngagementCommittees and working groups

International Women's Forum: IWF Cornerstone Conference 2018

Catherine Mills (Keynote/plenary speaker)
4 May 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Regulating Reproductive Frontiers

Catherine Mills (Organiser)
30 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

University of Bristol

Catherine Mills (Visiting researcher)
5 Jun 201720 Jun 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution