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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Christina Dineen

Christina Dineen
Christina Dineen
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Doctoral Researcher
Research Interests
Contemporary political theory, Political philosophy, Applied ethics, Ethics and morality, Resource allocation, Well-being, Bioethics


BHSc Hons Health Sciences (University of Western Ontario), 2003-2007
MSc Biomedical Ethics - Health Professional Education (University of Western Ontario), 2008-2010
MA Philosophy (Birkbeck College, University of London), 2010-2011
Yale Bioethics Summer Institute Graduate (Yale University), 2014

Working PhD Title

Interrogating need: On the role of need in matters of justice

Research Interests

I am interested in how need can be normative, and how the fact that someone is in need might present a normative claim to another person. Further, I am interested in what kind of claims need might present, and how we might understand distinctions between duties of humanity and duties of justice. I am also interested in rationing, distributive justice, and resource allocation in health care, human well-being, bioethics, and applied ethics.


Dr Tim Hayward
Professor of Environmental Political Theory, Director of the Just World Institute, and Head of the Politics & International Relations Subject Group

Dr Elizabeth Cripps
Lecturer in Political Theory and Associate Director of the Just World Institute

Awards and Publications

  • SGSSS PhD Internship Competition, 2015
  • Athens Scholarship Award, 2014
    Human Development and Capabilities Association (HDCA)
  • 'Best Postgraduate Tutor' EUSA Teaching Award Nomination, 2013-2014
    University of Edinburgh
  • Publication - The American Journal of Bioethics
    Christina Dineen (2011): Finding the Right Way to Ration, 11:7.
  • Student Abstract Award Winner, 2010
    Canadian Bioethics Society
  • Western Graduate Research Scholarship, 2008-2009
    University of Western Ontario
  • Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award Nomination, 2009
    University of Western Ontario
  • Scholarship of Excellence, 2003-2007
    Sun Life Financial, Canada
  • Dean's Honours List, 2003-2007
    University of Western Ontario
  • Scholarship of Distinction, 2003
    University of Western Ontario

Professional Experience

  • Programme Coordinator - Just World Institute, 2014-16
    University of Edinburgh
  • PhD Internship - Public Health Sciences, 2015
    NHS Health Scotland
  • Tutor - Global Justice and Citizenship, 2013, 2014
    University of Edinburgh
  • Guest Lecturer and Teaching Assistant - Introduction to Ethics and Health, 2010
    University of Western Ontario
  • Teaching Assistant - Critical Thinking in the Health Sciences, 2008
    University of Western Ontario

Research Group Membership

Political Theory
Legal and Political Philosophy
Mason Institute PhD
Bioethics (Convenor)