Professor Martin Wilkinson

MA, DPhil (Oxon)


  • Professor

Martin Wilkinson has undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford University. He worked in the Department of Political Studies from 1993-2002 and returned in 2009 after several years working in the medical school. In recent years he has worked on ethics in organ transplantation and public health ethics. His book Ethics and the Acquisiiton of Organs (Oxford University Press, 2011: pbk 2015) has been described in reviews as `slim, rigorous and entertaining' (Journal of Applied Philosophy) and `a first-rate work of philosophy, independent of sub-field' Res Publica. He was Chair of the Bioethics Council and Deputy Chair of the National Ethics Advsory Committee .

Research | Current

  • Transplantation and the politics, philosophy and economics of health
  • Ethics and policy on organ transplantation
  • Public health ethics, especially obesity
  • Allocation of health care resources
  • Paternalism

Teaching | Current

POLITICS 209 Modern Political Thought

POLITICS 741 Ethics and Health Policy

Postgraduate supervision

Martin supervises at all levels on a range of topics, including organ transplantation, equity in health, justice in the labour market, the ethics of public health interventions, paternalism, and the liberal state. He is happy to talk to prospective research students about their research ideas.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wilkinson, T. M. (2019). Obesity, equity and choice. Journal of medical ethics, 45 (5), 323-328. 10.1136/medethics-2018-104848
  • Wilkinson, T. M., & Wilkinson, M. (2018). The Harm Reduction Argument for Legalizing Kidney Markets. Jahrbuch für Wissenschaft und Ethik, 23 (1), 109-124. 10.1515/jwiet-2018-230108
  • Wilkinson, T. M. (2017). Consent and the use of the bodies of the dead. The Right to Bodily Integrity (pp. 533-551). 10.4324/9781315237367
  • Wilkinson, T. M., & Dittmer, I. D. (2016). Should Children Be Given Priority in Kidney Allocation?. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 13 (4), 535-545. 10.1007/s11673-016-9737-x
  • Wilkinson, T. M. (2016). Counter-Manipulation and Health Promotion. Public Health Ethics10.1093/phe/phw044
  • Wilkinson, M., & Wilkinson, S. (2016). The donation of human organs. In Z. N. Zalta (Ed.) Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy. Stanford, CA: Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University.
  • Wilkinson, T. M. (2015). Libertarian paternalism: A review essay. Political Science, 67 (1), 73-79. 10.1177/0032318715581466
  • Dittmer, I., & Wilkinson, M. (2014). The causes and importance of racial disparities in pediatric transplantation in New Zealand. Pediatric Transplantation, 18 (7), 653-655. 10.1111/petr.12350


Contact details

Primary office location

New Zealand

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