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Lecturer, Philosophy & Ethics, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University

Dr Emma Rush is a lecturer in philosophy and ethics at Charles Sturt University ( She was the lead author of two papers on the sexualisation of children released by the Australia Institute in 2006 ( These papers prompted considerable public debate, ultimately leading to a Senate Inquiry into the issue. Emma continues to write and speak about the issue of the sexualisation of children to academic, professional and general audiences. Within applied ethics, Emma’s other research area is environmental ethics. She also works more broadly across the area of professional ethics, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in human services and health.


  • 2011–2012
    Lecturer (Philosophy and Ethics), Charles Sturt University
  • 2009–2010
    Associate Lecturer (Philosophy and Ethics), Charles Sturt University
  • 2005–2007
    Research Fellow, The Australia Institute


  • 2005 
    University of Melbourne, PhD (Philosophy)
  • 1995 
    University of Melbourne, BA (Hons) (Philosophy)