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Tereza Hendl, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher


Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Lessingstr. 2
D - 80336 München

Room: 1.03
Phone: +49(0)89/2180-72785

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Tereza Hendl is a philosopher and bioethicist. Her research interests lie at the intersection of the epistemology, ethics and regulation of emerging technologies.

Research interests

  • Political philosophy, feminist philosophy, normative ethics
  • Ethical, social and regulatory aspects of mHealth
  • Social epistemology and epistemic justice
  • Debates on the democratisation of emerging health technologies
  • Algorithmic mediation and algorithmic fairness
  • Philosophical conceptualisations of autonomy and agency
  • Issues related to sex, gender, sexuality and disability
  • Ethical aspects of sex selection
  • Postcolonial perspectives on health technologies

Research projects

Tereza Hendl is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Co-lead on the project “META – mHealth: Ethical, legal and societal aspects in the technological age.” She is interested in debates about the democratizing potential of mHealth as well as interrogations of these technologies as a mode of reinforcing a particular self, that of the autonomous consumer. Her research currently explores the epistemology, ethical and social aspects of fertility tracking mobile applications and the underlying values and social norms they carry. She is concerned with the ways dominant social norms manifest in algorithms and the impact of algorithmic bias on human lives. She investigates how mHealth technologies can become more inclusive, informed by lived experiences and needs of diverse population groups and beneficent to a wide cohort of users.

Short CV

Dr Hendl holds a PhD in Philosophy from Macquarie University, Australia. Her dissertation explored the ethics of prenatal sex selection for social reasons. This project used an empirical methodology, interviewing Australian women who have selected or desired to select their child’s chromosomal sex based on gender preference. She has previously worked as a Research Associate at the University of Sydney on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project investigating how young people with impairment resist ableism in their transition to adulthood (2015-2016). She has conducted research as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Sydney Health Ethics on the ARC Linkage Project “Regulating autologous stem cell therapies in Australia” (2016 - 2017). This interdisciplinary project promoted ethical and socially responsible innovation with stem cells. From 2017-2018 she has continued research on the Linkage Project as an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

She has contributed to public reviews of Australian policy on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research as well as the regulation of autologous cell and tissue products. She has appeared in a wide range of media to participate in public debates about health technologies and ensure that her scholarly work contributes to society and informs policymaking. For example, in 2015 she delivered a TEDxMacquarie University talk raising awareness about the ethical implications of sex selection for social reasons.

Awards and fellowships

In recognition of her research, Tereza Hendl was awarded the 2015 Max Charlesworth Prize in Bioethics by the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL). She was selected to be a Visiting Fellow at the major American Center for Bioethics, the Hastings Center (May 2010) and at the Humanities Research Institute at the Australian National University (Feb - March 2018). She was also awarded a prestigious Geneva Brocher Foundation Residency (Aug - Sept 2018) and the Caroline Miles Visiting Scholarship at the Oxford University Ethox Centre (May 2019).

Selected publications

Book chapters

  • Forthcoming: Hendl, T., Jansky, B., and V. Wild. From Design to Data Handling: Why mHealth Needs a Feminist Perspective. In Jannina Loh and Mark Coeckelbergh (eds.). Feminist Philosophy of Technology. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.
  • Blakely, B., Hendl, T., and S. Lacey. 2019. “The Australia experience: Cultural & political factors shaping human embryo assessment during IVF.” Pp. 103-112 in E. Scott Sills and Gianpiero D. Palermo (eds.). Human Embryos and Preimplantation Genetic Technologies: Ethical, Social, and Public Policy Aspects. Cambridge: Elsevier.
  • Hendl, T. 2018. “Selling the Promise of Pluripotent Stem Cells: Is It Ethically Justifiable?” Pp. 65-85 in Susanne Müller and Henning Rosenau (eds.). Stammzellen – iPS-Zellen – Genomeditierung. Stem Cells – iPS Cells – Genome Editing. Baden – Baden: Nomos.

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Hendl, T. 2018. “Vulnerabilities and the Use of Autologous Stem Cells in Australia.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 61 (1): 76 – 89.
  • Munsie, M., Lysaght T., Hendl T., Tan, L., Kerridge, I. H., and Stewart, C. 2017. “Open for Business: A Comparative Study of Websites Selling Autologous Stem Cells in Australia and Japan.” Regenerative Medicine. Online first, DOI: 10.2217/rme-2017-0070.
  • Lee, T., Lysaght, T., Hendl, T., W. Lipworth, I. Kerridge, I., Munsie, M., and C. Stewart. 2017. “Regulating the Stem Cell Industry: Needs and Responsibilities.” WHO Bulletin 95(9): 663-664.
  • Lysaght, T., Lipworth, W., Hendl, T., Kerridge, I., Lee, T.-L., Munsie, M., Waldby, C., and C. Stewart. 2017. "The Deadly Business of an Unregulated Global Stem Cell Industry." JME 43(11): 744-746.
  • Hendl, T. 2017. “Queering the Odds: The Case Against Family Balancing.” IJFAB 10 (2): 4-30.
  • Hendl, T. 2017. “A Feminist Critique of Justifications for Sex Selection.” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 14 (3): 427-438. This paper was awarded the 2015 Max Charlesworth Prize in Bioethics.


  • Browne, T.K. and Hendl, T. 2017. “Gender Equity, Not Sex Selection.” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Blog. []
  • Hendl, T. 2016. “The Complexity of Relational Autonomy: A Holistic Approach to Embodiment.” AJOB 16(2): 63-65. Author’s response to open peer commentaries on Beever J., and N. Morar “The Porosity of Autonomy: Social and Biological Constitution of the Patient in Biomedicine.”
  • Hendl T., and B. Katz Rothman. 2016. “Sex selection.” In Nancy Naples, et al. (ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Selected media appearances