Staff profile

Dr Norva Y. S. Lo (Yeuk Sze Lo - 勞若詩)

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Politics and Philosophy

Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD (with Distinction) in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia; BA (with Honours) in Philosophy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Lo works in areas of environmental philosophy, meta-ethics, animal ethics, the philosophy of David Hume, logic, critical thinking, and human research ethics. She publishes usually in the name of "Y. S. Lo".  In 2002 she received her PhD with distinction from the University of Western Australia. Between 2003 and 2005 she was postdoctoral fellow for two years at the Philosophy Department of La Trobe University (LTU), and in 2006 she changed to a standard teaching-and-research academic position. She previously held teaching positions at the Hong Kong University (HKU) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).  She was a visiting research fellow at the University of St Andrews in 2010. Between 2008 and 2011, she has served the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) as a Council Member, and as the Chair of the Conference Standing Committee. Between 2010 and 2016, she has chaired, or in other capacities served on, various human ethics and integrity committees at LTU.

Research interests

Business ethics/ Corporate Social Responsibility

- Environmental Philosophy, Animal Ethics, Meta-ethics, Philosophy of David Hume

Teaching units


What is Dr Lo like as a teacher?

Undergraduate philosophy subjects being or having been taught by Dr Lo include the following:

  • PHI1PPR - Philosophical Problems (2007 - present)
  • PHI1CRT - Critical Thinking (2006 - 2013)
  • PHI2LOG - Logic (2009 - present)
  • PHI3ETH - Ethics (2007 - present)
  • PHI3TCP - Twentieth Century Philosophies (2009 - 2013)
  • PHI4APA - Advanced Topics in Philosophy (2007, 2015)

Perspective postgraduate or honours students interested in writing research theses in the following areas may contact Dr Lo to inquire about her availability:

  • Theories of Value (David Lewis and Michael Smith)
  • Meta-ethics (empathy, rationality, moral motivations)
  • Environmental ethics
  • Animal ethics
  • Philosophy of David Hume


Hourly rate: AUD$325

Recent publications

Older publications

Research projects

  • Why be moral
  • Nonhuman centred meta-ethics
  • Animal ethics: empathy and reason
  • Human population: ethics and the environment