Lousie Bezuidenhout

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2016–17)

Lousie 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. On the Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science project, she worked as an ethnographer, collaborating closely with Dori Beeler and Tom Stapleford. The research took her to a number of laboratories within the US and the UK to empirically examine the virtues necessary for effective research within scientific laboratories.

Selected Publications

  • Bezuidenhout, Louise. "The Relational Responsibilities of Scientists: (Re) considering Science as a Practice." Research Ethics 13.2 (2017): 65–83.

  • Bezuidenhout, Louise, and Nathaniel Warne. "Should We All be Scientists? Re-thinking Laboratory Research as a Calling." Science and Engineering Ethics (2017): 1–19.

  • Bezuidenhout, Louise. "Technology Transfer and True Transformation: Implications for Open Data." Data Science Journal 16 (2017): 26.


Developing Virtues in the Practice of Science

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