Dr Denise Russell

Dr Denise Russell

Phone: +61 2 4221 3387

Denise Russell is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Philosophy Program. Her former position was Associate Professor and Head of Department at the University of Sydney.

Research Profile

Denise's research interests include:

  • environmental philosophy;
  • animals and ethics;
  • epistemology;
  • philosophy of psychology/psychiatry; and
  • feminist philosophy.

Denise is the founding editor of the journal Animal Issues and author of the book Women, Madness and Medicine published by Polity Press in 1995, reprinted 1998.

In 2010 Pluto Press, London published her book, Who Rules the Waves? Piracy, Overfishing and Mining the Oceans. This work examines a range of contemporary concerns including indigenous sea rights and the position of sea gypsies. It presents a critical analysis of the Law of the Sea and proposals for a new form of ocean governance.

Denise has given a public lecture at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (2009) and was interviewed for the Philosopher’s Zone on ABC radio (2009).

With Dr. Melissa Boyde, Denise set up Replace Animals in Australian Testing. The site is an information resource on alternatives to using animals in scientific and medical research and an emerging network of people and organisations working towards replacement of animals in research.

Selected Publications

Searchable RIS publications

Denise has published numerous articles in her research areas. Some recent articles are:

'Animal Ethics Committees - Reassurances Rejected' Between the Species, Vol 16, No 1, 2013

‘Japanese whaling and the language of science’ Tamkang Review. Vol 42, No 2, 2012

‘Why animal ethics committees don’t work’ Between the Species, Vol 15, No. 1, 2012

‘The Bengal tiger, the Irrawaddy dolphin, a humble fisherman and lone researcher: a tale of compassion, connection and foreboding’ in M. Vyas (ed.) Being for the Other: Issues in Ethics and Animal Rights, New Delhi, Daya Pub. House, 2011.

‘The Law of the Sea and international conflict over undersea mining: Which way is up?, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol 5, No 8, 2010.

‘Ethical obligations to cetaceans: a case study for Singer’s animal ethics’ in R. Younis (ed.) On the ethical life, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholarly Press, 2010.

With M. Boyde, ‘The RAAT Project: Alternatives to using animals in research’ in H. Yeatman (ed.) The Sinet 2010 ebook, Sinet, University of Wollongong, 2010.

‘Indigenous sea rights’ in H. Yeatman (ed.) The Sinet 2010 ebook, Sinet, University of Wollongong, 2010.

‘Ethical obligations to cetaceans: a case study for Singer’s animal ethics’. In R. Younis (ed.) On the Ethical Life, Cambridge, Cambridge Scholarly Press, 2009.  

'Psychiatric Diagnoses as a Precusor to Research Difficulties in Mental Health', Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol 9, No 1, 2007.

‘Piracy on the high seas: an analysis of Bratton's sea ethic', Ethics and the Environment, Vol 12, No 2, Fall/Winter, 2007.

Last reviewed: 18 August, 2017