Cristina Richie


  • Edinburgh Futures Institute
  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Room 6.16

40 George Square, Edinburgh
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I am a Lecturer of Ethics of Technology at the University of Edinburgh, and was previously a Lecturer in the Philosophy and Ethics of Technology department at the Delft University of Technology (2020-2023) and an Assistant Professor in the Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies Department at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) (2017-2020). I have also taught at Kings’ College London, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Tufts University. In 2019, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and in 2021, I was endorsed by the British Academy for a UK Global Talent Visa. In addition to being the joint-Editor of Global Bioethics, I am also on the editorial board of Global Bioethics Enquiry and was a guest editor of The New Bioethics 2020 volume on "Sustainability and Bioethics." My writing awards include the William E. Lapus Health Sciences Author Medal (2019), the Catholic Health Association Annual Theology and Ethics Colloquium Award (2013), and the San Ramon Valley Times Gold Pen Award (1999). I am the Head of the Netherlands Unit (Rotterdam) of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and hold a nominated fellowship at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity at Trinity International University (Deerfield, Il). I have been a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center (USA) in 2011, the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law, KU Leuven in 2018, the Just World Institute, University of Edinburgh, in 2019 and the Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, in 2019.

Research summary

My research is driven by a global vision of clean, just, and ethical health care and technology through the development of strategies and policies. In addition to my monographs, Principles of Green Bioethics: Sustainability in Health Care (Michigan State University Press, 2019); Environmental Ethics and Medical Reproduction (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), I am the author of over fifty articles in journals including The Lancet, American Journal of Bioethics, the Journal of Medical Ethics, and the Hastings Center Report.

Conference details

“Planetary Health: Ethical Implications for Health Care,” coauthor Marcel Verweij. Presented to the European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care Annual Conference (ESPMH), 23 - 26 August 2023.

“The Environmental ‘Paradox of Prevention’,Presented to the Oxford Global Health & Bioethics International Conference, 26-27 June.

“The HPV Vaccination Gap: Harms Vulnerable Populations,” Presented to the Institute of Medical Ethics Conference, 6-7 July 2023.

Environmental Impacts of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Considerations and Recommendations,” Co-authors: Saba Hinrichs-Krapels, Roel Dobbe, Paddy French, Jonathan C.J. Wei, J. C. Diehl, and Ran Kong. Presented to the Sustainable AI conference (Bonn), 30 May 2023.

“The Environmental ‘Paradox of Prevention’ in Socially Disruptive Medical Technologies,” Presented to the Forum on Philosophy, Engineering, and Technology, 21 April 2023.

“Medical Sovereignty and the Ethics of Health Care Choices,” Presented to the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Environemtnal Bioethics Affinity Group Annual Meeting, October 29, 2022.

“Climate Change Ethics and Medical Education,” Presented to the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Environemtnal Bioethics Affinity Group Annual Meeting, October 28, 2022.

“Philosophical Aspects of Biomimetics in Medicine,” Co-author: Martí Verdaguer, Presented to the European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care Annual Conference (ESPMH), 25 August 2022.

“Rethinking pharmaceutical prescribing practices in light of environmental health,” Presented to the World Congress of Bioethics (WCB), 22 July 2022. 

Ethical Theory and Methodology in Converging Technologies,” Co-authors: Pe-Hua Huang, Sabine Roeser, Maartje Schermer, Samantha Copeland, Presented to the World Congress of Bioethics (WCB), 21 July 2022.

“The Ethical and Social Implications of the Rising Digital Twin Paradigm in Healthcare,” Co-panelists: Pe-Hua Huang, Koen Bruynseels, and  Sven Nyholm (Utrecht) Presented to the World Congress of Bioethics (WCB), 20 July 2022.

“Towards Green Healthcare Reform In the United States,” Presented to the Public Health Law Conference (PHL), 23 September 2021.

“Ethical Considerations in Rehabilitation Technology Beyond Benefit to User and Scientific Progress: Environmental Impact and Justice,” Co-author: Heike Vallery, Presented to the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association Conference (SSA), 28 June 2021.

The Ethical Use of Sentient Non-Human Animals in Medical Research,” Presented to the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) National Meeting, November 17, 2020.

“The NHS Carbon Reduction Strategy for England and Green Informed Consent,” Presented at the International Association of Bioethics’ 15th World Congress of Bioethics conference (virtual, due to Covid-19), June 19-21, 2020.

Invited speaker

International Micro and Nano Engineering Conference (iMNE), Berlin; European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) expert meeting: Impact of the Environment on Human Fertility and Reproductive Health, Brussels; Board of the International Association of Bioethics ; Gynaecongres: the Dutch Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Bioethics Program, School of Public Health, University of Montreal; Department of Medical Ethics, Philosophy and History, Erasmus University;  Human-IST Institute, University of Fribourg, Environmental Sciences and Humanities Institute (UniFR_ESH); Canadian Bioethics Society/Société Canadienne De Bioéthique; International Association of Catholic Bioethics; COP26 (Edinburgh), blue zone; Aaron Kesselheim’s PORTAL (Program on Regulation, Therapeutics and Law) group of the Brigham and Women’s Harvard Hospital Division of Pharmacoepidemiology; Department of General Practice, Spreekkamer, Erasmus Medical Colleg e; Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft;  Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity Annual Consultation; UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Department of Education International Webinar Program.

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In the press

Evidence Submission, UK Parliament, Commons Science and Technology Committee, “Carbon Emissions of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care,” 2022.

“Standard of Informed Consent Could reduce Carbon Emissions,” The Scotsman, 19 July 2022.

“Healthcare could be locked into self-destructive cycle,” The Scotsman, 2 November 2020.

Interviewed by Redbook on sterilization for childfree women and the conscience clause. Lauren Oster, “The Parenting Choice My Doctor’s Won’t Let Me Make,” Redbook 227, no. 3 (2016): 89-91, at 91.

Interviewed by Vox on abortion, film and politics. Brandon Ambrosino, “What ‘The Giver’ and ‘Obvious Child’ say about abortion in America,” Vox, 2 September 2014.

Interviewed by BMJ talk medicine about her article in the Journal of Medical Ethics for a podcast on 16 July 2014.

Interviewed by the Chicago Tribune in a front-page article. Julie Deardorff, “Tubal Ligation Can be a Battle,” May 13, 2014, page 1; 8; online at Julie Deardorff, “Doctors Often Reluctant to Sterilize Young Women,” Chicago Tribune, May 13, 2014.