Peter Sandøe

Peter Sandøe

Head of section, professor

  • Section for Consumption, Bioethics and Governance

    Rolighedsvej 25, 1958 Frb. C, Bygning C, 2. sal, Building: 2.107

    Phone: +45 35 33 30 59Mobile: +45 21 49 72 92
  • Animal Welfare and Disease Control

    Rolighedsvej 25, 1958 Frederiksberg C, Bygning C, 2. sal, Building: 2.107

    Phone: +45 35 33 30 59Mobile: +45 21 49 72 92

Peter Sandøe was educated at the University of Copenhagen (MA in philosophy 1984) and at the University of Oxford (D.Phil. in philosophy 1988)

From 1994 to 1997 he was Associate Professor of philosophy at the University of Copenhagen.

From 1997 to 2002 he was Research Professor in Bioethics and from 2002 he has been Professor in Bioethics at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University - since 2007 University of Copenhagen. At present he is employed 50% at the Institute of Food and Resource Economics and 50% at the Department of Large Animal Sciences.

Since 2005 is head of the Section of Consumption, Health and Ethics, the Department of Food and Resource Economics.

He has been the main coordinator of 15 externally funded research projects. In 25 additional projects coordinated elsewhere, he has served as a PI.

He has been very actively involved in the governance of research, both nationally and in international projects. Among the international commitments can be mentioned that he served on the project advisory committee to Harvest Plus 2004-2010, and that he was first a member and then chair of the advisory committee to Welfare Quality 2004–2009.

Since 2007 he has been member and since 2011 vice-chair of the Committee for Good Scientific Practice at the University of Copenhagen.

From 1992 to 2012 he served as Chairman of the Danish Ethical Council for Animals, an advisory board set up by the Danish Minister of Justice

From 2000 till 2007 he was president of The European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics

From 2009 to 2015 he was Honorary Professor of Animal Ethics at the University of Nottingham.

Since 1990 the major part of his research has been within bioethics with particular emphasis on ethical issues related to animals, biotechnology and food production. He is committed to interdisciplinary work combining perspectives from natural science, social sciences and philosophy.

In 2013 he was awarded the UFAW Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare Science.

He has published 139 papers in international journals with peer review, 6 international books, more than 300 other academic contributions, and more than 230 contributions aimed at a broader audience.

He has an H-index (Scopus) of 24.

He the co-author of a number of tools for e-learning, including Animal Ethics Dilemma (

Since 2000 he has given more than 100 keynote lectures and invited presentations at international conferences and workshops.

For more on his research relating to animal ethics and welfare see:

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