• 13 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
20062018

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr Emma Rush is a lecturer in philosophy and ethics. She teaches professional ethics for human services, health, and creative industries students, as well as history of philosophy subjects. She is nationally recognised for her research on the sexualisation of children. She was the lead author of two papers on the sexualisation of children released by the Australia Institute in 2006 (www.tai.org.au). These papers prompted considerable public debate, ultimately leading to a Senate Inquiry into the issue. Emma continues to write and speak about the issue of the sexualisation of children to academic, professional and general audiences (links to some of Emma's media pieces appear below). Within applied ethics, Emma's other major research areas are environmental ethics and professional ethics.

Emma previously tutored across a range of disciplines (philosophy, politics, and sustainability) at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University, and has also worked in academic administration and support at University residential colleges associated with the University of Melbourne: Whitley College (2002-2004) and Queen's College (2008).

Research Interests

  • Environmental ethics
  • Professional ethics
  • Ethics in public life: sexualisation of children, corporatisation of child care.

Professional Information

Memberships:

  • National Tertiary Education Union
  • Australasian Association of Philosophy
  • Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics

Teaching

Philosophy Subjects:

  • Applied Ethics (PHL101) (Co-ordination assistance and marking only)
  • Theories of Human Nature (PHL103)
  • Theories of Justice (PHL209)
  • Political Ideas (POL205)

Professional Ethics Subjects:

Health:

  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Health (LAW131)
  • Bioethics (ETH403)
  • Ethics, Law and Medical Science (SSC502)
  • Discipline of Nursing 2: Health, Law and Ethics (NRS295)
  • Professional Fundamentals (MRS100) (module on ethics and law only)
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Complementary Medicine (LAW304)

Human Services:

  • Ethics and Social Work Practice (SWK423)
  • Ethics and Social Welfare (ETH401)
  • Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention (ETH402)

Creative Industries:

  • Ethics and Law for Creative Industries (ETH205)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

2005

Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and French) (Honours), University of Melbourne

1995

External positions

Research Fellow, BBI-The Australian Institute for Theological Education

20052007

Research assistant, University of Melbourne

Oct 2004Dec 2004

Research assistant, University of Melbourne

Jul 2001Feb 2002

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Research Output

Giving feedback and writing peer review reports

Rush, E., 2018.

Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

  • Musical genius and/or nasty piece of work? Dealing with violence and sexual assault in accounts of popular music’s past

    Strong, C. & Rush, E., 05 Jul 2018, In : Continuum. 32, 5, p. 569-580 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    What is a person? Deepening students’ and colleagues’ understanding of person-centeredness

    Short, M., Dempsey, K., Ackland, J., Rush, E., Heller, E. & Dwyer, H., May 2018, In : Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education. 20, 1, p. 139-156 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Respect and integrity - John Gavaghan

    Anscombe, A. & Rush, E., 2017, Empowering social workers: Virtuous practitioners. Pawar, M., Hugman, R., Alexandra, A. & Anscombe, A. W. B. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore: Springer, p. 77-86 10 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • What can we do to make changes? - Virginia (Ginni) Hall, AO

    Rush, E. & Anscombe, A., 2017, Empowering social workers: Virtuous practitioners. Pawar, M., Hugman, R., Alexandra, A. & Anscombe, A. W. B. (eds.). 1st ed. Singapore: Springer, p. 87-99 13 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Activities

    • 7 Workshop/course/forum
    • 6 Editorial responsibility
    • 5 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation
    • 1 Peer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    Melbourne Music Week Talks: Hypotheticals – Language and Music Journalism

    Emma Rush (Member of programme committee), , Catherine Strong (Member of programme committee), , Julian Burnside (Chair), , Helen Marcou (Member of programme committee), & Jessie French (Organiser)

    21 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumIndustry

    Melbourne Music Week Talks: Hypotheticals - A Call Out

    Emma Rush (Member of programme committee), , Catherine Strong (Member of programme committee), , Julian Burnside (Chair), , Helen Marcou (Member of programme committee), & Jessie French (Organiser)

    20 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumIndustry

    ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) international conference

    Emma Rush (Speaker)

    28 Jun 2018 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationIndustry

    Re//Creating: Twenty-two Riverina Female Artists

    Emma Rush (Speaker)

    10 Mar 2017 → …

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity

    Routledge (Publisher)

    Emma Rush (Reviewer)

    Dec 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

    Press / Media

    Open Letter to Protect Philosophy

    Anna Corbo Crehan, Suzanne Uniacke, Daniel Cohen, Morgan Luck & Emma Rush

    02/08/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    CHANGES Announces Artists & Speakers For 2019

    Emma Rush & Morgan Luck

    04/06/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Ethics in creative industries and complementary medicine

    Emma Rush

    17/12/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Report into LGBTQI characters in film sparks debate in the Riverina

    Emma Rush

    27/05/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Report into LGBTQI characters in film sparks debate

    Emma Rush

    26/05/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Press / Media