Louise Bezuidenhout

Louise Bezuidenhout

Ph.D., University of Exeter
Ph.D., University of Cape Town
M.A., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
BSc hons, University of Cape Town
BSc, University of Cape Town
B.A., University of South Africa

Louise Bezuidenhout is a researcher from South Africa with Ph.D.s in both the life and social sciences. Her current research focuses on empirical ethics, and uses sociological techniques to investigate ethical issues within the life sciences. Her research interests relate to issues of responsibility within scientific practices, with a particular focus on how scientists interact with the physical, social, and political aspects of their research environments. In particular, her research has focused on how the daily practices of laboratory research influence and shape how scientists conceptualize and discuss their responsibilities towards their colleagues and society.  

The majority of Louise's research has involved ethnographies of life science laboratories in developing countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. In the context of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, she will be working as an ethnographer, collaborating closely with Dr. Dori Beeler and Dr. Tom Stapleford. This research will take her to a number of laboratories within the US and the UK to empirically examine the virtues necessary for effective research within scientific laboratories.

Contact Information

Institute for Science, Innovation and Society
University of Oxford