Olan Harrington


Research title

The Non-Identity Problem and The Ethics of Procreation

Research summary

I am interested in philosophical questions pertaining to our responsibility to persons we bring into existence. This includes bioethical questions about the use of procreative technologies and theoretical questions about bringing people into existence such as the non-identity problem. My current research focuses on the non-identity problem. I hope to develop a narrative of our responsibilities to those we bring into existence. This research will impact on wider policy issues in genome editing and pre-implantation screening.


McGuire W., Harrington, O. 2019; Using a peer-centred online learning platform to support students’ academic-professional transition, in E-learning 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 in Higher Education.Libri Publishing: Faringdon. 


2019  AHRC Doctoral Scholarship Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities/Arts and Humanities Research Council: fees and stipend (£40,000)

2018 Teaching Excellence Award (£1000 - College Award) 

2017/2018 Alexander Ogilvie scholarship in Moral Philosophy (£2000)

2017 Research Support Award - University of Glasgow (£300)

2017 Travel Support Award - University of Glasgow (£200)

2016 The Scottish Outreach and Impact Prize (Runner-Up) - For best outreach and impact proposal related to a current Ph.D project. 

2015 SUN Tuition Scholarhip - Central European University Summer School in Philosophy (€550) 


Modifying the Human Genome with CrisprCas9, University of Glasgow School Forum, 28/05/2019 

Genetic Identity and Personal Identity: Is one necessary for the other?  University of Glasgow Graduate Seminar, 01/03/2019

Can we really ‘harm’ with Inheritable Genetic Modification?  Marcellus Winter School, Symposium on Germline Editing of the Human Genome17/11/2018

Bioethics Discussion PanelHosted by FemEng at University of Glasgow06/11/2018 

The Ethics of Inheritable Genetic Modification, University of Glasgow Philosophy Society Guest Speaker, 17/10/2018 

Perspectivism and The Non-Identity Problem - University of Glasgow Graduate Seminar, 23/05/2018

A De Dicto Solution to the Non-Identity Problem? - University of Glasgow Graduate Seminar, 19/01/2018

Emotion, Rhetoric, and Repealing The 8th Amendment of The Irish Constitution - University College Cork, Ireland, 28/03/2017

A Philosophical Challenge to The 8th Amendment - Fatal Foetal Conditions and The Irish Constitution - UNESCO Bioethics Chair 12th World Conference 2017, Cyprus, 23/03/2017

A Pluralist Solution To The Non-Identity Problem? - University of Glasgow Graduate Seminar, 10/03/2017 


• 1K Knowledge and The World (Seminars) 

• 1M Right and Wrong (Seminars) 

• 2M Self and Society (Seminars)

• 1B How Should I Live?(Seminars)

• JH9 Moral Philosophy (Junior honours)

• Procreation Ethics (Summer School Lecturer and Tutor)

• MEd Professional Practice: Teaching Assistant and Dissertation Supervisor

• PGDE Professional Enquiry and Decision Making: Teaching Assistant

• Widening Participation Tutor

Additional information

  • (Former) Research Fellow at The Mercator Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change
  • Research Assistant at School of Social and Political Sciences (Inspiring Innovations Project/Transitions Project) 
  • Intern at School of Social and Political Sciences - (Curriculum Assessment and Pedagogy)
  • Communications Officer - British Postgraduate Philosophical Association