Tereza Hendl Ph.D.

Post-doc and Co-Lead of BMBF Project META
Ethik der Medizin
Phone: 0821 598 xx

Research interests

  • Moral and political philosophy, philosophy of technology, feminist philosophy, normative and public health ethics
  • Theories of justice, vulnerability and solidarity
  • Ethical, social and regulatory aspects of digital health technologies
  • Social epistemology and epistemic justice 
  • Philosophical conceptualisations of autonomy, agency and empowerment
  • Critical theories of race, racialization and Whiteness, intersectional and decolonial feminist theory
  • Ethical aspects of sex selection and issuess regarding gender, sexuality and disability

Tereza Hendl is a philosopher and bioethicist. Her research spans across moral and political philosophy, philosophy of technology, feminist philosophy, normative and public health ethics. She investigates concerns of justice, vulnerability, empowerment and solidarity and the ethics and epistemology of emerging health technologies. 


She currently works as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Project Co-lead on the project “META – mHealth: Ethical, legal and societal aspects in the technological age” at the University of Augsburg and Associate Researcher at the LMU in Munich. Her latest research explores the democratizing potential of digital health technologies as well as interrogations of these technologies as a mode of reinforcing a particular self, that of the supposedly autonomous consumer. She is concerned with the ways dominant social norms, structural inequalities and power assymetries manifest in and through technologies and algorithms and which impact this has on individual, social and global levels. She investigates how digital health technologies can become more inclusive and just, informed by material conditions, lived experiences and needs of diverse populations and beneficent to a wide cohort of users, in particular structurally marginalised and vulnerable subpopulations.


As a scholar concerned with structural concerns of justice, she has been active in debates about the need for decolonising philosophy and bioethics as well as discussions on gender and racial justice. She is a member of the transnational Gender Inclusive Network and the Gender and COVID-19 Working Group. She has founded the CEE Feminist Research Network to support feminist researchers from Central and Eastern Europe, counter the epistemic marginalisation of CEE scholarship in Western-dominated academia, share and stimulate decolonial theory from CEE standpoints. 


Timely updates on the research outputs of the project META can be found on Twitter  @META_mHealth

Short CV

Dr Hendl holds a PhD in Philosophy from Macquarie University, Australia. Her dissertation explored the ethics of prenatal sex selection for social reasons. She has previously worked as a Research Associate at the University of Sydney on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project investigating how young people with impairment resist ableism in their transition to adulthood. She has conducted research as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Sydney Health Ethics and a Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne on the ARC Linkage Project “Regulating autologous stem cell therapies in Australia,” an interdisciplinary project that promoted ethical and socially responsible innovation with stem cells. She has contributed to public reviews of Australian policy on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research as well as the regulation of autologous cell and tissue products. She has appeared in a wide range of media to participate in public debates about health technologies and ensure that her scholarly work contributes to society and informs policymaking. For example, in 2015 she delivered a TEDxMacquarie University talk raising awareness about the ethical implications of sex selection based on gender preference.

awards and fellowships

In recognition of her research, Tereza Hendl was awarded the 2015 Max Charlesworth Prize in Bioethics by the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL). She held the Caroline Miles Visiting Scholarship at the Oxford University Ethox Centre in the UK, was awarded a Brocher Foundation Residency in Switzerland and selected to be a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute at the Australian National University and major American Center for Bioethics, the Hastings Center.

selected publications

Hendl, T., and T. Roxanne. Digital Surveillance in a Pandemic-Response: What Bioethics Ought to Learn from Indigenous Perspectives. Forthcoming in Bioethics


Hendl, T., and B. Jansky. Tales of self-empowerment through mHealth: A closer look at ‘Femtech.’ Forthcoming in the Review of Social Economy


Lipworth, W., Wiersma, M., Ghinea, N., Hendl, T., Kerridge, I., Lysaght, T., Munsie, M., Rudge, C., Stewart, C. and C. Waldby. 2021. “Overseeing Clinical Innovation in a Medical Marketplace.” In G. Laurie, E. Dove, A. Ganguli-Mitra, C. McMillan, E. Postan,  N. Sethi, A. Sorbie. Cambridge Handbook of Health Research Regulation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Hendl, T., Chung, R., and V. Wild. 2020. “Pandemic Surveillance and Racialized Subpopulations: Mitigating Vulnerabilities in COVID-19 Apps.” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. DOI: 10.1007/s11673-020-10034-7.


Ranisch, R., Nijsingh, N., (equal third author), Ballantyne, A., van Bergen, A., Buyx, A., Friedrich, O., Hendl, T., Marckmann, G., Munthe, C., and V. Wild. 2020. “Digital contact-tracing: Ethical guidance for trustworthy surveillance tools." Ethics and Information Technology. DOI: 10.1007/s10676-020-09566-8.


Pratt, B., Wild, V., Barasa, E., Kamuya, D., Hendl, T., and S. Molyneux. 2020. “Justice: A Key Consideration in Health Policy and Systems Research Ethics.” BMJ Global Health. DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2019-001942.


Hendl, T., Jansky, B., and V. Wild. 2020. From Design to Data Handling: Why mHealth Needs a Feminist Perspective. Pp. 77-103 in J. Loh and M. Coeckelbergh (eds.). Feminist Philosophy of Technology. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.


Ivan Noreña, Nairuti Shah, Jackson Ndenkeh Jr., Cecilia Hernandez, Nadia Sitoe, Abdou Sillah, Anna Shin, Wai Wai Han, Yoga Devaera, Maureen Mosoba, Given Moonga, Tereza Hendl, Alina Wernick, Vincent Micheal Kiberu, Melissa Menke, Jessica Michelle Guggenbuehl Noller, and Michael Pritsch. Proceedings from the CIHLMU Symposium 2020 on “eHealth: Trends and innovations.” BMC Proceedings 2020, 14(Suppl 18):17. DOI:10.1186/s12919-020-00202-3.


Waldby, C., Hendl, T., Kerridge, I., Lipworth, W., Lysaght, T., Munsie, M., and C. Stewart. 2020. "The direct-to-consumer market for stem cell-based interventions in Australia: Exploring the experiences of patients." Regenerative Medicine. DOI: 10.2217/rme-2019-0089.


Wild, V., Nijsingh, N., and Hendl, T. 2019. “Taking a Step Back: The Ethical Significance of DTC Neurotechnology.” AJOB 10 (4): 170-172. DOI: 10.1080/21507740.2019.1665139.


The META Group (Wild V., Akgül S., Eisenhut K., Hendl T., Jansky B., Machleid F., Nijsingh N., Peter N., and E. Sauerborn). 2019. Ethical, legal and social aspects of mHealth technologies: Navigating the Field. In Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Eds.): THE FUTURES OF eHEALTH. Social, legal and ethical challenges.


Blakely, B., Hendl, T., and S. Lacey. 2019. “The Australia experience: Cultural & political factors shaping human embryo assessment during IVF.” Pp. 103-112 in E. S. Sills and G. D. Palermo (eds.). Human Embryos and Preimplantation Genetic Technologies: Ethical, Social, and Public Policy Aspects. Cambridge: Elsevier.


Hendl, T. 2018. “Selling the Promise of Pluripotent Stem Cells: Is It Ethically Justifiable?” Pp. 65-85 in S. Müller and H. Rosenau (eds.). Stammzellen – iPS-Zellen – Genomeditierung. Stem Cells – iPS Cells – Genome Editing. Baden – Baden: Nomos.


Hendl, T. and Browne, T. K. 2019. “Is 'Gender Disappointment' a Unique Mental Illness?” Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. DOI: 10.1007/s11019-019-09933-3.


Wedgwood, N., Smith, L., Hendl, T., and R. Shuttleworth. 2019. “Boy Interrupted - Biographical Disruption during the Transition to Adulthood.” Sociology of Health and Illness. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12984.


Waldby, C., Hendl, T., Munsie, M., Lysaght, T., Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., and C. Stewart. 2019. “Autologous stem cell-based interventions in Australia: exploring patient experience in light of regulatory exceptionalism.” Cytotherapy 21(5): S22-S22. 


Hendl, T. 2018. “Vulnerabilities and the Use of Autologous Stem Cells in Australia.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 61(1): 76–89. 


Munsie, M., Lysaght T., Hendl T., Tan, H. L., Kerridge, I. H., and Stewart, C. 2017. “Open for Business: A Comparative Study of Websites Selling Autologous Stem Cells in Australia and Japan.” Regenerative Medicine


Lee, T., Lysaght, T., Hendl, T., W. Lipworth, I. Kerridge, I., Munsie, M., and C. Stewart. 2017. “Regulating the Stem Cell Industry: Needs and Responsibilities.” WHO Bulletin 95(9): 663-664. 


Lysaght, T., Lipworth, W., Hendl, T., Kerridge, I., Lee, T.-L., Munsie, M., Waldby, C., and C. Stewart. 2017. "The Deadly Business of an Unregulated Global Stem Cell Industry." JME 43(11): 744-746. 


Hendl, T. 2017. “Queering the Odds: The Case Against Family Balancing.” IJFAB 10(2): 4-30. 


Hendl, T. 2017. “A Feminist Critique of Justifications for Sex Selection.” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 14 (3): 427-438. 


Hendl, T. 2016. “The Complexity of Relational Autonomy: A Holistic Approach to Embodiment.” AJOB 16 (2): 63-65. DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1120807.


Hendl T., and B. Katz Rothman. 2016. “Sex selection.” In Nancy Naples, et al. (ed.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 


selected presentations



Jansky, B., and T. Hendl. “Patient activism in mHeath: by whom and for whom?“ Brocher Workshop The Ethics of mHealth as a Global Phenomenon, Oct 28, 2021. 


Hendl, T. and A. Shukla. “Can mHealth Democratize Health?“ Brocher Workshop The Ethics of mHealth as a Global Phenomenon, Oct 27, 2021. 


Hendl, T. “Examining Western Dimensions of White ‘Privilege’ and Supremacy: On the Need for an Intersectional Theory of Whiteness.” Workshop "Race and Racism / 'Rasse' und Rassismus." Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Oct 5, 2021. 


Hendl, T. “Theorising Western Dimensions of White ‘Privilege’ and Supremacy: On the Need for an Intersectional Theory of Whiteness.“ Workshop: Not Quite Equal: Exploring Intersectional Power Relations in the European East-West Divide. University of Augsburg, Germany, May 31, 2021.


Hendl, T., and T. Roxanne. “Digital Surveillance in a Pandemic-Response: What Bioethics Ought to Learn from Indigenous Perspectives.” CEPE/IACAP Joint Conference. Universität Hamburg, Germany, July 5-9, 2021.


Hendl, T., and T. Roxanne. “Digital Surveillance in a Pandemic-Response: What Bioethics Ought to Learn from Indigenous Perspectives.” The Society for Philosophy and Technology Conference, June 28-30, 2021.


Hendl, T., and B. Jansky. “A Matter of Justice: Why Digital Health Technologies Warrant an Intersectional Feminist Perspective.” The Society for Philosophy and Technology Conference, June 28-30, 2021.


Hendl, T. “Theorising Western Dimensions of White Privilege and Supremacy: On the Need for an Intersectional Theory of Whiteness.“ Workshop: Not Quite Equal: Exploring Intersectional Power Relations in the European East-West Divide. University of Augsburg, Germany, May 31, 2021.


Hendl, T. Brocher café: Covid-19 and Injustice. Brocher Foundation, Switzerland, May 27, 2021.


Hendl T., and T. Kayali Browne. “Is ‘Gender Disappointment’ a Justification for Sex Selection?“ Reproductive Ethics Conference, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, April 8, 2021.


Hendl, T., and T. Roxanne. “Digital Surveillance in a Pandemic-Response: What Bioethics Needs to Learn from Indigenous Perspectives.” Ethical Governance of Surveillance Technologies in Times of Crisis. Utrecht University, the Netherlands, Nov 2020.




Hendl, T., Jansky, B., and V. Wild. “Beyond ‘Femtech’: mHealth Warrants a Feminist Perspective.“ Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) Conference, Philadelphia, the US, June 2020.


Hendl, T. “Beyond the hype: Opportunities and challenges in mHealth.“ eHealth Trends and Innovations symposium. LMU Center for Advanced Studies, Munich, Germany, March 6, 2020. 




Hendl, T. “mHealth, Self-Management and Empowerment: Digital Health Technologies From a Public Health Perspective.” European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare (ESPMH), Oslo, Norway, August 2019.


Hendl, T., Wild, V: "Beyond Hype: Opportunities and Challenges in mHealth." In the Ethox and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities Seminar, the Big Data Institute, University of Oxford, UK, May 2019.


Hendl, T. and B. Jansky. "Countering the Suppression of Diversity in Period and Fertility Apps: The Role of Autoethnographic Research." Methods in Questions: Epistemologies of Gender and Sexuality Seminar Series, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, UK, May 2019.


Hendl, T.  "Health, Self-management and Empowerment: mHealth Technologies from a Public Health Perspective." New St Cross Special Ethics Seminar, St Cross College of the University of Oxford, UK, May 2019.


Hendl, T. and B. Jansky. "Empowered through an mHealth interface? The Epistemology Of Period and Fertility Apps." Interdisciplinary Conference on the Relations of Humans, Machines and Gender, the Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig, Germany, October 2019.


selected media appearances

Tereza Hendl was interviewed for the 2021 Euronews report „ Google's new AI skincare tool may not work on patients with darker skin tones.“ 


Hendl, T., and T. K. Browne. 2020. " Sad about having a boy not a girl? Your distress might be real but ‘gender disappointment’ is no mental illness." The Conversation.


In 2020, Tereza Hendl contributed to discussions on Facebook's "suicide prevention service", published by: welt.de, science medica center germany, msn-news.


Hendl. T., Jansky, B. 2019. " Q&A: a patient asks about the use of apps to track their menstrual cycle and fertility. What advice should they be given?" O&G Magazine of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


Browne, T.K. and Hendl, T. 2017. “ Gender Equity, Not Sex Selection.” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Blog.


TEDx Talk 2016. “ Challenging Gender Selection.”


Hendl, Tereza. 2015. “ Choosing Children’s Sex is an Exercise in Sexism.” The Conversation.


Debate: Professor Gab Kovacs and Dr Tereza Hendl in a Lateline debate on the ethics of sex selection and whether it should be allowed in Australia. Lateline, ABC Australia, February 7, 2017. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Australia's major national broadcaster.