ACU announces 2007 Eureka Prize winner

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

21 August 2007: Australian Catholic University (ACU) is pleased to announce Dr Catriona Mackenzie as the winner of the 2007 Australian Catholic University Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics.

Dr Mackenzie, from Macquarie University in Sydney, is the sixth annual winner of the prize. Her work, Relational Autonomy and Moral Imagination, explores the concept of individualism and its effect on the wellbeing of society as a whole.

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan AO today congratulated Dr Mackenzie on winning this year’s Eureka Prize and commended her commitment to quality ethics-based research.

“In winning this award, Dr Mackenzie has joined an eminent group of researchers who have not only contributed to the development of improved ethical standards in Australia, but also captured the spirit of ACU’s own social justice and ethics mission through their research,” Professor Sheehan said.

Dr Mackenzie’s work presents an alternative approach to autonomy – a person’s ability to make independent choices – that considers the effect such choices have on the lives of others. Her work argues that autonomy is “morally flawed” if it fails to consider social justice and equality.

The Australian Catholic University Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics is awarded each year as part of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes – the nation’s premier awards for science and science promotion. The $10,000 ACU-sponsored prize recognises the scholarly investigation of theoretical or practical ethical issues that contribute to the understanding and development of ethical standards.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.