Felicitas Holzer

Felicitas Holzer, Dr

postdoctoral fellow

felicitas.holzer@ibme.uzh.ch

Short bio

Felicitas Holzer holds a master’s degree in history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate in political philosophy with a focus on global justice from Sorbonne University. Trained as a philosopher (BA, MPhil, PhD), economist (BSc) and bioethicist (MPhil), her research interests include topics at the intersection of bioethics, socio-economic justice, and political philosophy as well as philosophy of science. Felicitas holds several awards and scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET), the Brocher foundation (Switzerland) and the MTZ foundation (Germany). She is affiliated with the program of bioethics at FLACSO Argentina, a WHO collaborating centre, and member of the editorial board of the journal “Development World Bioethics”. She also gained interdisciplinary and international experience during research and work stays abroad at the Hastings Center and the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics (USA), the World Health Organization (internship, Switzerland), and as a member of the UK-Latin American Network of Political Philosophy (Argentina and Mexico). She recently worked as a policy assistant at the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) of the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium).

Research Interest

  • Political philosophy (obligations, distributive justice, global justice, human rights)
  • Research ethics (with a focus on research in low- and middle-income countries)
  • Access to medicines
  • Right to health and science
  • Ethics of biomedical innovation
  • Latin American bioethics

Ongoing Projects

  • Triage 
  • Exploitation 
  • Fair benefit-sharing in international health research
  • Vaccine geopolitics 
  • Responsible innovation in medicine 
  • The right to try and access to medical interventions outside research 
  • The Health Impact Fund 

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