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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University

Xavier Symons is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Plunkett Centre for Ethics, ACU, and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Institute for Ethics and Society, UNDA.

Xavier’s research interests include ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, the ethics of healthcare rationing, ethical issues in aged care, and pandemic ethics. His recently completed PhD thesis focused on the allocation of lifesaving healthcare resources.

In 2020, Xavier was awarded a Fulbright Future Postdoctoral Scholarship, and he will be a scholar in residence at Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics from June to December 2021.

Experience

  • 2020–2021
    Adjunct research associate, Institute for Ethics and Society, University of Notre Dame
  • 2020–2021
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Plunkett Centre for Ethics, the Australian Catholic University
  • 2016–2020
    Research associate, Institute for Ethics and Society, University of Notre Dame

Education

  • 2021 
    University of Oxford, Master of Studies (Practical Ethics)
  • 2020 
    Australian Catholic University, Doctor of Philosophy (Philosophy)
  • 2016 
    University of Sydney, MA (Res) (Philosophy)
  • 2013 
    University of Sydney, BA Adv (Hons)