Staff profile

Dr Norva Y. S. Lo (Yeuk Sze Lo / 勞若詩)

Senior Lecturer

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences

HU2 309, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (with Honours - Chinese University of Hong Kong); PhD (with Distinction - University of Western Australia).

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Lo works in areas of moral philosophy, environmental philosophy, animal ethics, the philosophy of David Hume, logic, and critical thinking. She received her PhD from the University of Western Australia in 2002. She was a post-doctoral fellow between 2003 and 2005, and became a lecturer in 2006, at the Philosophy Department of La Trobe University, having previously held posts at the Hong Kong University (HKU) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She has been a visiting research fellow at the University of St Andrews. She publishes in the name of "Y. S. Lo". She served the Australasian Association of Philosophy as a Council Member and the Chair of the Conference Standing Committee between 2008 and 2011. She has chaired the Human Ethics Committee for the Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University since 2012. 

Teaching units

  • PHI1CRT - Critical Thinking.
  • PHI1PPR - Philosophical Problems.
  • PHI2LOG - Logic (current).
  • PHI3ETH - Ethics (current).
  • PHI3TCP - Twentieth Century Philosophies.
  • PHI4APA - Advanced Topics in Philosophy (current).

Recent publications

Publications by Dr Lo are listed at

Research projects

  • Why be moral.
  • Animal ethics: empathy and reason.