Eliza Goddard

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Eliza Goddard

University Associate
Philosophy & Gender Studies
School of Humanities

Humanities Building , Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2258 (phone)

Eliza Goddard is an Early Career Researcher. Eliza has recently been recommended the degree of Doctor of Philosophy for a thesis which explores the impacts of neural implants on personal identity, entitled  'The Bionic Self: Neural Implants and Threats to Identity'. Eliza is currently a Research Associate in the School of Humanities, supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Sciences, exploring the impacts of emerging bionic medical technologies on selfhood and social relations.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDThe Bionic Self: Neural Implants and Threats to IdentityUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2015
BA (Hons)PhilosophyUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia1999


Professional practice

Executive Committee Member, Australasian Association of Philosophy, 2015 -


Feminist Philosophy, Moral Psychology, Bioethics

Teaching expertise

Eliza has experience teaching into the philosophy major, as well as cross-Faculty teaching. Eliza has lectured in Feminist Philosophy and tutored in a number of areas including in Business Ethics, Asian Philosophy, and Existentialism, at Macquarie University, University of St Andrews and University of Tasmania.

Research Invitations

Invited Symposium Presentation:

'Improving the Participation of Women in the Philosophy Profession: where we've come from, where we are and where we aren't', Symposium on Women in the Philosophy Profession, Australian National University, 2009.

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Eliza's research explores the intersections of ethics, moral psychology, feminist theory and phenomenology. Her current project involves exploring the impacts of neural implants, and emerging bionic medical technologies, on selfhood and social relations.

Research Themes

Eliza's research aligns with the University of Tasmania's research themes of Better Health and Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research explores the intersections of ethics, moral psychology, feminist theory and phenomenology. She has published on topics in neuroethics and feminist philosophy.


Collaborations through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Sciences (ACES) network: University of Wollongong, Deakin University, Monash University, Australian National University, University of Melbourne Department of Medicine, University of Warwick, Friedrich-Alexander University, Hanyang University, Yokohama National University.


University of Tasmanian Elite Postgraduate Scholarship, 2010-2014

Current projects

  • Neural implants and personal identity
  • Disability, repair and emerging technologies
  • First-person phenomenological accounts and neuroethics

Fields of Research

  • Bioethics (human and animal) (220101)
  • Ethical Use of New Technology (e.g. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology) (220103)
  • Philosophy (220399)
  • Medical Ethics (220106)
  • Medical Devices (090304)
  • Philosophical Psychology (incl. Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action) (220311)
  • Feminist Theory (220306)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies (970122)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences (970111)
  • Bioethics (950401)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)


Total publications


Journal Article

(5 outputs)
2020Walker MJ, Goddard E, Stephens-Fripp B, Alici G, 'Towards including end-users in the design of prosthetic hands: ethical analysis of a survey of Australians with upper-limb differenced', Science and Engineering Ethics, 26, (2) pp. 981-1007. ISSN 1353-3452 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11948-019-00168-2 [eCite] [Details]


2019Stephens-Fripp B, Walker J, Goddard E, Alici G, 'A survey on what Australian's with upper limb difference want in a prosthesis: justification for using soft robotics and additive manufacturing for customized prosthetic hands', Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 15, (3) pp. 342-349. ISSN 1748-3115 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2019.1580777 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3


2017Gilbert F, Goddard E, Viana JNM, Carter A, Horne M, 'I miss being me: phenomenological effects of deep brain stimulation', American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, 8, (2) pp. 96-109. ISSN 2150-7740 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2017.1320319 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46

Co-authors: Gilbert F; Viana JNM


2017Goddard E, 'Deep brain stimulation through the 'lens of agency': clarifying threats to personal identity from neurological intervention', Neuroethics, 10, (3) pp. 325-335. ISSN 1874-5490 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s12152-016-9297-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7


2014Gilbert F, Goddard EMC, 'Thinking ahead too much: Speculative ethics and implantable brain devices', AJOB Neuroscience, 5, (1) pp. 49-51. ISSN 2150-7759 (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2013.863252 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4

Co-authors: Gilbert F


Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2016Goddard E, Dodds S, 'Consultation, Deliberation and the Review of the National Statement', Big Picture Bioethics: Developing Democratic Policy in Contested Domains, Springer, Dodds S and Ankeny RA (ed), Switzerland, pp. 191-224. ISBN 9783319322391 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32240-7_10 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Dodds S


2013Bishop G, Beebee H, Goddard Eliza, Rini A, 'Appendix 1: Seeing the Trends in the Data', Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?, Oxford University Press, Katrina Hutchison and Fiona Jenkins (ed), New York, pp. 231-252. ISBN 9780199325610 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Dodds S, Goddard E, 'Not Just a Pipeline Problem: Improving Women's Participation in Philosophy in Australia', Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?, Oxford University Press, K Hutchison and F Jenkins (ed), New York, pp. 143-163. ISBN 9780199325610 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Dodds S



(1 outputs)
2015Goddard EMC, 'The Bionic Self: Neural Implants and Threats to Identity' (2015) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2012Goddard E, 'Clinical Trials for Nano-bionics: Testing Wearable and Implantable Medical Devices', Report, Australian Govenment, Dept of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Australia (2012) [Government or Industry Research]

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2010Goddard EMC, Dodds SM, Ravenscroft I, 'Forward Thinking: Learning and Teaching Philosophy in Australian Universities', Forward Thinking: Learning and Teaching Philosophy in Australian Universities, Australian Govenment Department of Education, Australia (2010) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Dodds SM


Grants & Funding

Eliza was a Chief Investigator (CI) on an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Discipline Based Initiative, entitled 'Forward Thinking: teaching and learning in philosophy in Australia', 2008-2010. Project Director: Dr Ian Ravenscroft, and fellow CIs: Susan Dodds, Roslyn Diprose, Jennifer Duke-Yonge, Simon Lumsden, Catriona Mackenzie, Peter Menzies and Mitch Parsell.

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Womens under-representation in Philosophy, Theology & Engineering: parallels and differences (2018)$3,800
This project brings together representatives of all three disciplines to work on identifying parallels/similarities and differences between the three cases that emerge when we look at these three separate and disconnected literatures in conjunction. Our primary research question is: 'Does the radical diagnosis of philosophical reason as itself gendered (cf. Dodds & Goddard, 2013) find any parallels in the literature on women's under-representation in Engineering and Theology and Religious Studies? Or are these disciplines still dominated by 'chilly climate' or 'pipeline' diagnoses that were previously the norm in Philosophy?'
University of Tasmania ($3,800)
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Baltzly DC; Goddard EMC; Tatman LA