Holly Lawford-Smith is an Associate Professor in Political Philosophy in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She works in social, moral, and political philosophy, with a particular interest in feminism, climate ethics, and collective action. Most of her current research is in radical and gender-critical feminism, centered on the conflict of interests between gender identity activism, on the one hand, and both women’s rights, and lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) rights, on the other hand.
She did her BA(Hons) and MA at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand (2000-2006), and her PhD at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra (2007-2010). She had a couple of postdocs in Canberra (first with CAPPE, Charles Sturt University and then with the School of Philosophy at ANU) (2011-2012), before starting her first permanent job as a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield (2012-2016). In 2017 she moved back to Australia to work at the University of Melbourne, where she is still.