Anna Smajdor

Professor - Philosophy
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Phone +47 22857546
Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Academic interests

My work focusses on ethical questions related to medicine, innovation and the life-sciences. My PhD thesis was an analysis of the ethical and legal implications of artificial gametes (sperm and eggs manufactured in the laboratory). I have published widely on this topic, and on many related issues in reproductive ethics. I also have broader interests in a variety of bioethical topics, including morality and nature, and human relationships with animals and plants. 


I studied philosophy for my first degree, at Edinburgh University. It was here that I first became interested in questions about the interaction between philosophy, science and ethics. I got my PhD from Imperial College, London. Prior to coming to UiO, I was lecturer in ethics at the University of East Anglia (UK). 

Tags: Philosophy, Ethics, Bioethics, Reproduction


  • Smajdor, Anna (2021). Why bother the public? A critique of Leslie Cannold’s empirical research on ectogenesis. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. ISSN 1386-7415. p. 155–168. doi: 10.1007/s11017-021-09549-w. Full text in Research Archive
  • Räsänen, Joona & Smajdor, Anna (2021). The complex case of Ellie Anderson. Journal of Medical Ethics. ISSN 0306-6800. p. 1–5. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2020-106998.
  • Filbee-Dexter, Karen & Smajdor, Anna (2019). Ethics of Assisted Evolution in Marine Conservation. Frontiers in Marine Science. ISSN 2296-7745. 6. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00020. Full text in Research Archive
  • Smajdor, Anna Colette (2019). An alternative to sexual reproduction: Artificial gametes and their implications for society. British Medical Bulletin. ISSN 0007-1420. 129(1), p. 79–89. doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldz001.
  • Smajdor, Anna Colette (2018). Your sperm is mine! Do artificial gametes change the ethics of posthumous sperm retrieval and conception? Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics. ISSN 1825-5167. 20(3), p. 53–72. doi: 10.13137/1825-5167/22585. Full text in Research Archive
  • Smajdor, Anna Colette (2018). Means, ends, and the fetal patient. In Schmitz, Dagmar; Clarke, Angus & Dondorp, Wybo (Ed.), The Fetus as a Patient. Routledge. ISSN 9781351692786.
  • Smajdor, Anna Colette; Frith, Lucy; Hooper, Carwyn; Camporesi, Silvia; Douglas, Thomas A. & Nottingham, Emma [Show all 9 contributors for this article] (2018). Institute of Medical Ethics Guidelines for confirmation of appointment, promotion and recognition of UK bioethics and medical ethics researchers. Journal of Medical Ethics. ISSN 0306-6800. 44(5), p. 289–291. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2018-104816.
  • Smajdor, Anna Colette & Cutas, Daniela (2018). Reproductive technologies and the family in the twenty-first century. In Giordano, Simona; Harris, John & Piccirillo, Lucio (Ed.), The freedom of scientific research. Manchester University Press. ISSN 9781526127686. p. 57–70. doi: 10.7765/9781526127686.00014.
  • Smajdor, Anna Colette; Cutas, Daniela & Takala, Tuija (2018). Artificial gametes, the unnatural and the artefactual. Journal of Medical Ethics. ISSN 0306-6800. 44(6), p. 404–408. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2017-104351.
  • Smajdor, Anna Colette & Stockl, Andrea (2017). PMDs and the Moral Specialness of Medicine: An Analysis of the ‘Keepsake Ultrasound’. In Farrington, Conor & Lynch, Rebecca (Ed.), Quantified Lives and Vital Data - Exploring Health and Technology through Personal Medical Devices. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 978-1-349-95234-2. p. 155–178. doi: 10.1057/978-1-349-95235-9_7.
  • Cutas, Daniela & Smajdor, Anna Colette (2017). The moral status of the (nuclear) family. Etikk i praksis. ISSN 1890-3991. 11(1), p. 5–15. doi: 10.5324/eip.v11i1.2250.
  • Smajdor, Anna Colette & Cutas, Daniela (2016). “I am Your Mother and Your Father!” In Vitro Derived Gametes and the Ethics of Solo Reproduction. Health Care Analysis. ISSN 1065-3058. doi: 10.1007/s10728-016-0321-7. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Räsänen, Joona & Smajdor, Anna Colette (2020). The Ethics of Ectogenesis. Bioethics. ISSN 0269-9702. 34(4), p. 328–330. doi: 10.1111/bioe.12745.
  • Bøhn, Einar Duenger; Smajdor, Anna Colette & Jensenius, Alexander Refsum (2018). Humaniora og teknologi.
  • Smajdor, Anna Colette & Stockl, Andrea (2017). The MMR debate in the United Kingdom: vaccine scares, statesmanship and the media. In Holmberg, Christine; Blume, Stuart & Greenough, Paul (Ed.), The politics of vaccination A global history. Manchester University Press. ISSN 978-1-5261-1093-0.
  • Smajdor, Anna Colette; Cutas, Daniela & Hens, Kristien (2017). Procreative Procrastination: The Ethics of Postponed Parenthood. In Stoop, Dominic (Eds.), Preventing Age Related Fertility Loss. Springer. ISSN 978-3-319-14857-1.

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Published Aug. 31, 2016 11:04 AM - Last modified Mar. 9, 2018 12:56 PM