I am a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics and Law at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine at the University of Bristol. From 2005- 2013 I worked at the University of Manchester’s Centre for Social Ethics and Policy in the School of Law where I was a Lecturer in Bioethics and before that a Research Fellow in Bioethics and Law.

Here you will find details of the various aspects of my work, including my teaching, research, publications, and other related activities.

The main focus of my research has been the philosophical analysis on questions which bear on matters of practical ethics. There is an explicit interdisciplinary influence on this which draws on insights gained, not only from philosophy, but also science, medicine, and the law.

An over-arching theme recurs in my research is that of the human body. As such, much of my research has been at the intersection of political and legal philosophy, ethics, and the law as it pertains to property in the body and human biomaterials. The core of the research is an analysis of arguments pertaining to self-ownership and ownership of separated biomaterials.

My current research focuses on the idea of nudging and I will be working on a Leverhulme Trust funded project for related to this during the 2013/14 academic year.

Other research interests include the ethics of reproduction and the reproductive technologies, organ transplantation, rights, and public (health) policy. I have been involved in projects, organised and participated in conferences, and published papers on organ donation, reproductive rights, enhancement, property and human tissue, public health, and animal ethics. You can find detailed information on my research activities here and my publications here.

A short interview about the ethical issues in synthetic biology for the SYBHEL project.


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