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, animal ethics, population ethics, meta-ethics (values, rationalty, empathy, moral motivation), human research ethics, logic, critical thinking, and the philosophy of David Hume. She publishes usually in the name of "Y. S. Lo".  She received her PhD with distinction from the University of Western Australia. In 2003, she joined La Trobe University (LTU), having previously held teaching positions at the Hong Kong University (HKU) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Between 2008 and 2011, she served the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) as Council Member, and also chaired its Conference Standing Committee. Between 2010 and 2016, she chaired, and in other capacities served on, various human ethics and integrity committees at LTU.

Norva Lo's CV


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)

    A selection of lectures by Dr Lo is available at:


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

Some of Dr Lo's publications are Understanding Environmental Philosophy (Routledge 2014), and chapters in The Routledge Handbook of Global Ethics (Routledge 2015), Perspectives on Human Suffering (Springer 2012), The Routledge Companion to Ethics (Routledge 2010), and Hume on Motivation and Virtue (Palgrave Macmillan 2009).  She is also the co-author of “Environmental Ethics” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2002, 2008 2015).


Older publications

Research projects

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