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Dr Christopher Mayes

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Research Fellow (DECRA)

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Alfred Deakin Institute

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

Biography

Christopher Mayes is a Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University and Research-Affiliate in Sydney Health Ethics at the University of Sydney. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with disciplinary backgrounds in sociology and philosophy. His research interests include sociology of health and food, bioethics, and social and political theory. He is the author of The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, Ethics, and Healthy Choices (Routledge, 2016), which critically explores the use of lifestyle rhetoric and policies to govern individual choice and secure population health from the threat of obesity. His forthcoming monograph, Unsettling Food Politics: agriculture, dispossession, and sovereignty in Australia (Rowman & Littlefield International), examines contemporary political and ethical discourses of food and agriculture in Australia.

In 2017, he received a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council to research the social history of bioethics in Australia. Bioethics in the Antipodes: a history of Australian bioethics since 1980 (DE170100550) aims to provide a comprehensive account of bioethics in Australia. Using archival sources, interviews, and theoretical analysis, this project will advance understanding about the distinctive local and global contributions of Australian bioethics to regulatory frameworks, legal reform, and public discourse.

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Biography summary

Christopher joined Deakin in 2017, having previous held research fellowships at the Rock Ethics Institute (Pennsylvania State University) and Sydney Health Ethics (University of Sydney) where he remains a Research-Affliate. 

Affiliations

The Australian Sociological Association

Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy

Australasian Association for Bioethics and Health Law

Society for Social Studies of Science

Publications

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2018

Conflicted hope: social egg freezing and clinical conflicts of interest

C Mayes, J Williams, W Lipworth

(2018), Vol. 27, pp. 45-59, Health sociology review, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Scientism, conflicts of interest, and the marginalization of ethics in medical education

C Mayes, J Williams, I Kerridge, W Lipworth

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 939-944, Journal of evaluation in clinical practice, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Fiscal policy to improve diets and prevent noncommunicable diseases: from recommendations to action

A Thow, S Downs, C Mayes, H Trevena, T Waqanivalu, J Cawley

(2018), Vol. 96, pp. 201-210, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, C1

journal

Decoding disclosure: comparing conflict of interest policy among the United States, France, and Australia

Quinn Grundy, Roojin Habibi, Adrienne Shnier, Christopher Mayes, Wendy Lipworth

(2018), Vol. 122, pp. 509-518, Health policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Unsettling food politics: agriculture, dispossession and sovereignty in Australia

Christopher Mayes

(2018), London, Eng., A1

book
2017

A code of ethics for social marketing? Bridging procedural ethics and ethics-in-practice

S Carter, C Mayes, L Eagle, S Dahl

(2017), Vol. 29, pp. 20-38, Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal
2016

Food at the nexus of bioethics and biopolitics

C Mayes

(2016), pp. 167-177, Routledge handbook of food ethics, Abingdon, Eng., B1

chapter
2015

What should we eat? Biopolitics, ethics, and nutritional scientism

C Mayes, D Thompson

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 587-599, Journal of bioethical inquiry, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

The political and ethical challenge of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis

C Degeling, C Mayes, W Lipworth, I Kerridge, R Upshur

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 107-113, Journal of bioethical inquiry, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Revisiting Foucault's 'normative confusions': surveying the debate since the Collège de France lectures

C Mayes

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 841-855, Philosophy compass, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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Impure politics and pure science: efficacious ebola medications are only a palliation and not a cure for structural disadvantage

C Degeling, J Johnson, C Mayes

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 43-45, American journal of bioethics, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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The harm of bioethics: a critique of Singer and Callahan on obesity

C Mayes

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 217-221, Bioethics, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal

The biopolitics of lifestyle: Foucault, ethics and healthy choices

C Mayes

(2015), Abingdon, Eng., A1

book
2014

Governing through choice: food labels and the confluence of food industry and public health discourse to create 'healthy consumers'

C Mayes

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 376-395, Social theory & health, Basingstoke, Eng., C1

journal

Don't be scared, be angry: the politics and ethics of Ebola

L Hooker, C Mayes, C Degeling, G Gilbert, I Kerridge

(2014), Vol. 201, pp. 352-354, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

An agrarian imaginary in urban life: cultivating virtues and vices through a conflicted history

C Mayes

(2014), Vol. 27, pp. 265-286, Journal of agricultural and environmental ethics, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Medicalization of eating and feeding

C Mayes

(2014), pp. 1-8, Encyclopedia of food and agricultural ethics, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1-1

chapter

Is nutritional advocacy morally indigestible? A critical analysis of the scientific and ethical implications of 'healthy' food choice discourse in liberal societies

C Mayes, D Thompson

(2014), Vol. 7, pp. 158-169, Public health ethics, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal
2009

Pastoral power and the confessing subject in patient-centred communication

C Mayes

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 483-493, Journal of bioethical inquiry, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Bioethics in the Antipodes: a history of Australian bioethics since 1980

Dr Christopher Mayes

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2019: $25,409
  • 2018: $124,937
  • 2017: $126,266

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report