Christopher Mayes

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Bioethics, University of Sydney

Christopher Mayes is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney. Christopher’s research interests are in continental philosophy, bioethics, public health and food studies.

His latest book 'The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, Ethics and Health Choices' (Routledge, 2015) investigates the use of ‘lifestyle’ as a device through which choices and behaviours are governed in response to the purported obesity epidemic.

He blogs at 'A Disorder of Things'

He is a member of The Australian Sociological Association and the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy.


  • 2013–present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney
  • 2011–2013
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Pennsylvania State University


  • 2012 
    University of Sydney, PhD, Medicine
  • 2007 
    University of New South Wales, Hons, Philosophy

Research Areas

  • Social Philosophy (220319)
  • Bioethics (Human And Animal) (220101)
  • Rural Sociology (160804)
  • Political Theory And Political Philosophy (160609)
  • Health Promotion (111712)