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Michael Dello-Iacovo

PhD candidate (Mining Engineering), UNSW

Michael's current academic research is focused on developing methods to understand the internal structure and composition of asteroids, comets and other planetary bodies for the purposes resource exploration, mining and asteroid deflection. He also explores the many ethical and societal implications associated with space research.

Michael was the Animal Justice Party candidate for Heffron in the 2019 NSW state election, and the second NSW senate candidate for AJP in the 2019 Federal election. He was previously the CEO of Effective Altruism Australia, a charity which seeks to effectively alleviate poverty.

Michael has a passion for science and ethics communication. He has given public lectures and appeared on TV, radio and online news outlets to discuss topics of public interest including asteroid impact risk, solar thermal energy, effective charitable programs and interventions, public health, climate change and ethics. He is currently the host of the Morality is Hard podcast, where he discusses and interviews on difficult questions on the border of ethics and science.

Research blog at
Career experience at
Morality is Hard podcast at
Candidate page at


  • –present
    PhD candidate (Mining Engineering), UNSW Australia


  • 2014 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Science (Hons)