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  • University College London (2008---)
    • Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy (2014---)
    • Lecturer, Department of Philosophy (2013--14)
    • Secondment to Royal Society as Senior Policy Adviser (2011--12).
    • Lecturer in Philosophy and Health, Joint Research Office (2008--13)
  • Lecturer in Ethics, Keele University (2004--2008).
  • Temporary Lecturer in Philosophy, Birkbeck College (2003--2004).
  • Temporary Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Surrey Roehampton (2002--2003).


To the extent that copyright allows, these outputs are available open access from the at the UCL Discover repository. You can explore my publications in a more interactive way at Google Scholar.

Journal Articles

  1. Rumbold B., Weale A., Rid A., Wilson J., and Littlejohns P. (in press). “Public Reasoning and Health Care Priority Setting: The Case of NICE” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal.
  2. Wilson, J. (2016). “Internal and External Validity in Thought Experiments”, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society.
  3. Wilson, J. (2016). “The Right to Public Health”, Journal of Medical Ethics
  4. Littlejohns, P. Weale, A., Kieslich, K., Wilson, J. Rumbold, B., Max, C. and Rid, A. (2016) “Challenges for the new Cancer Drugs Fund”, The Lancet Oncology 17(4): 416-18.
  5. Rid A., Littlejohns P., Wilson J., Rumbold B., Kieslich K., Weale A. (2015). “The Importance of Being NICE”, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 108(10): 385-389.
  6. Rumbold B. and Wilson J. (2016). “Reasonable Disagreement and the Generally Unacceptable: A Philosophical Analysis of ‘Making Fair Choices’”. Journal of Health Economics, Policy and Law 11(1): 91-96.
  7. A. David Napier, Clyde Ancarno, Beverley Butler, Joseph Calabrese, Angel Chater, Helen Chatterjee, François Guesnet, Robert Horne, Stephen Jacyna, Sushrut Jadhav, Alison Macdonald, Ulrike Neuendorf, Aaron Parkhurst, Rodney Reynolds, Graham Scambler, Sonu Shamdasani, Sonia Zafer Smith, Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Linda Thomson, Nick Tyler, Anna-Maria Volkmann, Trinley Walker, Jessica Watson, Amanda C de C Williams, Chris Willott, James Wilson, Katherine Woolf (2014). Culture and Health. The Lancet, 384(9954): 1607--1639
  8. Wilson, J. (2014). “The Ethics of Disease Eradication.” Vaccine 32: 7179–7183.
  9. Wilson J. (2014). “Embracing Complexity: Theory, Cases and the Future of Bioethics”, Monash Bioethics Review 32(1-2): 3-21.
  10. Hunter D. and Wilson J. (2012). “Promoting health equity”, BMJ 345:e4881.
  11. Wilson J. (2012) “Paying for patented drugs is hard to justify: an argument about time discounting and medical need”, Journal of Applied Philosophy 29(3): 186--199.
  12. Wilson J. (2012). “Persons, Post-Persons and Thresholds”, Journal of Medical Ethics 38(3): 143-4.
  13. Yvonne Rydin, Ana Bleahu, Michael Davies, Julio D Davila, Sharon Friel, Giovanni De Grandis, Nora Groce, Pedro Hallal, Ian Hamilton, Philippa Howden-Chapman, University of Otago Ka Man Lai, CJ Lim, Juliana Martins, David Osrin, Ian Ridley, Ian Scott, Myfanwy Taylor, Paul Wilkinson, James Wilson (2012). “Shaping Cities For Health: The Complexity Of Planning Urban Environments In The 21st Century”, The Lancet 379(9831): 2079--2108.
  14. Kessel A. and Wilson J. (2012).“The quest for culturally sensitive health care systems in Scotland: insights for a multi-ethnic Europe”, Journal of Public Health 34(1): 12-13.
  15. Wilson J. (2011). “Why It's Time to Stop Worrying About Paternalism in Health Policy”, Public Health Ethics 4(3): 269-279. Reprinted in Thomas Schramme ed. New Perspectives on Paternalism and Health Care (Springer, 2015).
  16. Wilson J. (2011). “Freedom of Information and Research Data”, Research Ethics 7(3): 107-111.
  17. Edwards S. and Wilson J. (2011). “Hard Paternalism and Clinical Research: Why Not”, Bioethics 26(2): 68--75.
  18. Wilson J. and Hunter D. (2010). “Research Exceptionalism”, American Journal of Bioethics 10(8): pp. 45--54. Target article, with nine commentaries.
  19. Hunter D. and Wilson J. (2010). “Research Exceptionalism -- Responses to Open Peer Commentaries”, American Journal of Bioethics 10(8): pp. W4--W6
  20. Wilson J. and Dawson A. (2010). “Giving Liberty Its Due, But No More: Trans Fats, Liberty and Public Health”, American Journal of Bioethics 10(3): pp.34--36.
  21. Wilson. J. (2010) “Ontology and the Regulation of Intellectual Property”, The Monist 93(3): pp. 453--66.
  22. Wilson J. (2009). “Justice and the Social Determinants of Health: an overview”, Public Health Ethics 2(3): pp. 210--213.
  23. Wilson J. (2009). “Towards a Normative Framework for Public Health Ethics and Policy”, Public Health Ethics 2(2): pp. 184--194.
  24. Wilson J. (2009). “Could there be a Right to Own Intellectual Property?”, Law and Philosophy 28(4): pp. 393--427.
  25. Wilson J. (2009). “Not So Special After All? Daniels and the Social Determinants of Health”, Journal of Medical Ethics 35(1), pp. 3--6.
  26. Athanassoulis N. and Wilson J. (2009). “When is Deception in Research Ethical?”, Clinical Ethics 4(1): pp. 44--49.
  27. Wilson J. and Sokol D. (2009). “Do we need a concept of intraoperative complication?”, World Journal of Surgery 33, p.1102.
  28. Sokol, D. and Wilson, J. (2008). “What is a surgical complication?”, World Journal of Surgery 32(6), pp. 942--44. Target article, with seven invited commentaries.
  29. Wilson, J. (2007). “Is Respect for Autonomy Defensible?”, Journal of Medical Ethics 33, pp. 353--356.
  30. Wilson, J. (2007). “Transhumanism and Moral Equality”, Bioethics 21, pp. 419--425.
  31. Wilson, J. (2007). “GM Crops: Patently Wrong?”, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20, pp. 261--283.
  32. Wilson, J. (2006). “Microsoft on Copyright: an Ethical Analysis”, ICFAI Journal of Intellectual Property Rights 5(4), pp. 73-83. Reprinted in Digital Copyright: Infringement Issues, ed. V. Audhinarayana (Hyderabad: Amicus Books, 2008) and Microsoft Way: a Growth Strategy, ed. N. Kalai Selvan (Hyderabad: ICFAI Books, 2008).

Chapters in Books

  1. Wilson J. (2014). “Global Health Inequalities and Inequities”, Encyclopedia of Bioethics (4th edition), ed. Bruce Jennings. Macmillan USA, pp. 1347-53.
  2. Wilson J. (2014). “Addendum to ‘Research Methodology’”, Encyclopedia of Bioethics (4th edition), ed. Bruce Jennings. Macmillan USA, pp. 2810-11.
  3. Kessel A., Wilson J., Abubakar I., Watson J., Pebody R., Zambon R., Amirthalingam G., Kitching A., Ramsay M., Hughes G., Delpech V., Savage E., Desai S., Bloomer E., and Goldblatt P. (2013). “Health Inequalities and Infectious Diseases”, in Davies, S.C. Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer, Volume Two, 2011, Infections and the rise of antimicrobial resistance London: Department of Health (2013), pp. 51-62.
  4. Wilson J. (2013). “Drug Resistance, Patents and Justice”. In Global Health and International Community: Ethical, Political and Regulatory Challenges (ed. J. Coggon and S. Gola, Bloomsbury Academic), pp. 151-164.
  5. Wilson J. (2012). “On the value of the intellectual commons”. In New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Intellectual Property (ed. Annabelle Lever, Cambridge University Press), pp. 122-139.
  6. Wilson J. (2011). “Health Inequities”. In Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts in Policy and Practice, ed. A. Dawson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  7. Gopfert M., McLelland N. and Wilson J. (2010) “Maternal Mental Health: an ethical base for best practice”. The Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health ed. D. Kohen, chapter 8 pp. 59-71.
  8. Wilson, J. (2007). “Rights”. In Principles of Healthcare Ethics eds. R. Ashcroft, A. Dawson, H. Draper and J. McMillan. Chester: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 239-246.
  9. Wilson, J. (2007). “Nietzsche and Equality”. In Nietzsche and Ethics ed. G. von Tevenar. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 221-240.


  1. Hunter D. and Wilson J. (2011). Hyper-expensive treatments: ethical and policy issues. Background paper for Nuffield Council on Bioethics Forward Look seminar.
  2. The Royal Society (2012). Science as an open enterprise. I worked as a Senior Policy Adviser on this report from July 2011 - April 2012.


  1. Wilson, J. (2012). “Review of Ethics and the Acquisition of Organs”, Journal of Applied Philosophy 29(3): 268-70.
  2. Wilson, J. (2009). “Review of Choosing Life, Choosing Death”, Times Higher Education, July 2 2009.
  3. Wilson, J. (2003). “Review of Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited”, Journal of Speculative Philosophy 17(4), pp. 323-5.

Popular Articles and Interviews

Popular Articles

  • and the Future of the NHS”, Discover Society, 9 (3 June 2014).
  • “Parental mental ill health – what informs good practice?”, Michael Gopfert, Nora McLelland and James Wilson for Context: The magazine for family therapy, April 2010.
  • Ethics of Reality TV”, article written with Daniel Sokol for BBC News Online, 30 May 2007.


Conference Papers and Invited Talks

  • “The internal and external validity of thought experiments in ethics”, Aristotelian Society, 25 January 2016.
  • “Improving Equitable Access to health care through increasing patient and public involvement in prioritisation decisions: the case of Cell and Gene Therapies”, Improving Equitable Access to health care through increasing patient and public involvement in prioritisation decisions, Brocher Institute November 2015
  • “The right to public health”, Perfectionism in Public Health, University of Munster, March 2016. I also gave this as a keynote at UCL Graduate Conference, October 2016.
  • “Justifying State Health Promotion Activities”, Paternalism Redeemed: Old Ideals, New realities, ENS Lyon, March 2015.
  • “’Your friend’s husband’s co-worker can make you fat’: ethical implications of the contagion model of obesity”, Food Policy between Public Health and Ethical Pluralism, Queen’s University Belfast, March 2015.
  • “Solidarity, Privacy and Infectious Disease Surveillance”, Solitonomy, Oxford University, Feb 2015.
  • “Setting Global Priorities: Interrogating Gostin’s Thought Experiment”, A Critical Exploration of Global Health Law, Birmingham November 2014.
  • “On Justifying Equal Healthcare Entitlements for Undocumented Migrants”, World Congress of Bioethics, Mexico City, June 2014.
  • “Embracing Complexity: Towards a Translational Bioethics”, World Congress of Bioethics, Mexico City, June 2014. I also gave this at the UCL/KCL Bioethics Colloquium in Nov 2014.
  • “Embracing Complexity: Theory, Cases and the Future of Bioethics”, Analytic Bioethics in Europe, Ghent University, 28-29 May 2014.
  • “Who has a valid complaint against Inappropriate Usage of Antibiotics?”, The Ethics of Antimicrobial Resistance, Brocher Foundation, Geneva, March 27-28, 2014.
  • “The Human Right to Health as a Basis for Obesity Policy”, Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, Zurich, June 2013.
  • “The Idea of Public Interest in Sharing Health Information”, Queen’s University Belfast, June 2013.
  • “Global Health Inequalities and Inequities”, Migration and Bioethics: The case of undocumented migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, Brocher Foundation, Geneva June 2013.
  • “Moral Mathematics and the Eradication of Disease”, SIMID, Antwerp, April 2013.
  • “Ethics and the Eradication of Disease”, Plenary talk at British Society for Parasitology Spring Conference, Bristol, April 2013.
  • “Intellectual Property Rights and Sustainable Agriculture”, Wageningen University, November 2012.
  • “How Important is it to Eradicate Polio? Moral Mathematics and the Eradication of Disease”, Vaccination Ethics Workshop, Ruhr-University Bochum, Oct 2012.
  • “Risks, Hazards, Uncertainty and Inducements in Research”, World Congress of Bioethics, Rotterdam June 2012.
  • “From the Four Principles to Political Philosophy”, World Congress of Bioethics, Rotterdam June 2012.
  • “Philosophical Bioethics, Empirical Bioethics and Socially Constituted Values”, The Good Life: Theory and Practice, University of Birmingham, June 2012.
  • “Market failure, patents and the crisis of antibiotic resistance”, Health Innovation and Social Equity in the 21st Century: A Multidisciplinary focus on health injustices, London May 2012.
  • “Solidarity and Lifestyle Diseases”, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, July 2011.
  • “Why It’s Time to Stop Talking About Paternalism in Health Policy”, Political Philosophy and Public Health, Keele University June 2011.
  • “Drug resistance, patents and justice”, Global Health, Global Goods, and International Community, Manchester June 2011.
  • “Synthetic Biology and Intellectual Property”, SYBHEL Workshop, Bilbao November, 2010.
  • “Time discounting and medical need: an argument for why the NHS should not pay for patented drugs”, Cardiff University, September 2010, UCL March 2011.
  • “Health Promotion and the Human Right to Health”, Singapore July 2010.
  • “Rights, Goals and Health Promotion”, World Congress of Bioethics, Singapore July 2010. I also give the same paper at Roehampton University, March 2010.
  • “Tradeoffs between incommensurable values”, Royal Institute of Philosophy Invited Lecture, Keele University, Feb 2010.
  • “Philosophies of ‘Enough’”, Just Enough: Sufficiency and the Cultural Imagination, UCL, December 2009.
  • “Adam Smith and Moral Equality”, Workshops in Political Theory 2009, Manchester Metropolitan University, September 2009.
  • “Liberalism, Respect for Autonomy and Privacy”, European Society For Philosophy Of Medicine And Healthcare Conference 2009, Tübingen, August 2009.
  • “On the Value of the Intellectual Commons”, Philosophy and Intellectual Property Conference, Institute of Philosophy, London, May 2009.
  • “Progressive realisation and the human right to health”, The UCL/Lancet Human Right to Health Conference, London, May 2009.
  • “Daniels and the Social Determinants of Health”, Justice and the Social Determinants of Health, London, December 2008.
  • “Informed Consent and Autonomy”, AREC Conference, London, October 2008.
  • “The Primacy of Justice in Public Health Ethics”, Workshops in Political Theory 2008, Manchester Metropolitan University, September 2008.
  • “Research Exceptionalism”, World Congress of Bioethics, Rijeka, Croatia, September 2008.
  • “Should We Trust Our Moral Intuitions?”, World Congress of Bioethics, Rijeka Croatia, September 2008.
  • “Intuitions, Empirical Research and Reflective Equilibrium”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice: How Do They Relate?, Amsterdam March 2008.
  • “Capabilities, Justice and the Social Determinants of Health”, Meeting The Author: Norman Daniels’ Just Health: a Population Perspective, Zurich University Centre of Ethics 2007.
  • “Could There Be A Right To Own Intellectual Property?”, Workshops in Political Theory 2007, Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • “Rethinking Autonomy in Bioethics,”, Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture, Lancaster University, February 2007.
  • “Money, Voluntariness and Inducements”, Informed Consent: Some Critical Voices, Keele University, February 2007.
  • “Why Seek Informed Consent for Neonatal Screening?”, International Experts’ Panel on the ethical implications of expanding the Dutch Neonatal Screening Program, Leiden, 2006.
  • “Justice, Rights and Intellectual Property”, Priority in Practice 8, University College London, 2006.
  • “Transhumanism and Equality”, World Congress of Bioethics, Beijing August 2006. (I also gave a longer version of this as a public lecture at Roehampton University, 2006).
  • “Informed Consent: Against Respect for Autonomy Justifications”, Rethinking Informed Consent: the Limits of Autonomy, Sweden 2006.
  • “Moral Equality: Human, Posthuman and Nonhuman”, Northweb 2006, Lancaster University.
  • “Microsoft on Copyright: an Ethical Analysis”, Ethicomp Conference 2005, Sweden 2005.
  • “GM Foods: patently wrong?”, Food Ethics and the Public’s Health, Keele University 2005.
  • “Is it Immoral to Illegally Copy Software?”, Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture Series, University of Surrey Roehampton (2005).
  • “Nietzsche and Equality”, Friedrich Nietzsche Society Conference, Sussex University, September 2004.
  • “How Much Can the Constructivist Construct?”, keynote speech, UCL Undergraduate Conference (2004); I also gave this paper the Birkbeck Cumberland Lodge Conference (2003).
  • “Why should I be a moral person?”, Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture, University of Surrey Roehampton (2004).
  • “Normativity”, Birkbeck Philosophy Society (2004).
  • “The role of Philosophy in Applied Ethics”, Surrey Ethics Forum (2003).
  • “Morality and the Good”, UCL Graduate Conference (1999).
  • “The Morality of Recognition”, University of London Graduate Conference (1998).
  • “Is an Aristotelian Ethics Still Credible?”, UCL Graduate Conference (1995).

Grants and Contracts Awarded

  • EPSRC IRC in Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases exploratory projects grant, “A technical framework for enabling and supporting data donors for medical research” (2015-17), (co-applicant)
  • UCL Grand Challenges Human Wellbeing Small Grant (2015), “Dying Well”: Enacting Medical Ethics. (£2000, main collaborator).
  • EPSRC IRC in Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases exploratory projects grant, (2015--16) Building and Maintaining Public Trust in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Influenza. (£81,576, principal applicant)
  • UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects Scheme (2013--15), The Human Right to Health and Priority Setting in Health Care. (£77,389, Joint principal applicant).
  • UCL Grand Challenges Global Health Small Grant (2013), “Examining the feasibility and ethical acceptability of providing cause of death information to families of the deceased in rural Nepal via Mobile InterVA”. (£5000, main collaborator).
  • Society for Applied Philosophy Event Funding (2013), for Postgraduate Bioethics Conference (£1500, joint principal applicant.)
  • Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Small Grant (2013), for Postgraduate Bioethics Conference (£3175, collaborator)
  • Secondment to Royal Society to be co-leader of Science as a Public Enterprise project, 2011-12, £45,594.
  • UCL Enterprise Secondment to the Royal Society (2011), to contribute to Science as a Public Enterprise project (£9748, joint principal applicant)
  • UCL Grand Challenges Sustainable Cities Small Grant (2011), Planning the Healthy City: soft-normativism as an approach to problems of value pluralism and complexity in built environment interventions (£3494, principal applicant).
  • AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (2010), Liberty and Public Protection in Infectious Disease Policy (principal applicant), £61, 773. Partner organisation was Health Protection Agency, then Public Health England.
  • UCL E-Learning Development Grant (2010), £1300 (joint principal applicant)
  • Wellcome Trust Symposium Grant (2010), Human Rights and Public Health Ethics (co-applicant, £13,343)
  • British Academy Overseas Conference Grant (2010), £600
  • British Academy Travel Grant (2005), £300.


Honours, Esteem Indicators and Other Professional Activities

  • Member, National Data Guardian’s Panel (2016---)
  • Associate Editor, Public Health Ethics (2015---)
  • Independent Member, Data Access Advisory Group, 2015---.
  • General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) Independent Advisory Group, Ethicist 2013--15.
  • Mentor, B-Mentor (2015---)
  • Coordinator of the International Association of Bioethics’ Philosophy and Bioethics Network 2007---.
  • Member of Generation Next organising committee for 2012 World Congress of Bioethics.
  • External Examiner, BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford 2013---.
  • External Examiner, MSc Global Health and Social Justice, King’s College London 2013---.
  • External Examiner, Philosophy Programme, Roehampton University 2011--2014.
  • External Advisor, Philosophy Programme, Roehampton University 2009.
  • Research Degree Examiner: Wageningen University (PhD, 2013); Birkbeck College (MPhil Stud, 2014); Kings College London (MPhil Stud, 2014, PhD 2015), UCL (PhD, 2015, 2016).
  • Member of Advisory Board, In-Spire 2008--2010.
  • Member of executive committee of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy 2012--14.
  • Referee for the following journals: American Journal of Bioethics, Bioethics, BMC Medical Ethics, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Clinical Ethics, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Ethics and Global Politics, European Journal of Human Genetics, Hastings Center Report, Health Care Analysis, Health Economics, Policy and Law, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Journal of Medical Ethics, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Value Inquiry, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, Monash Bioethics Review, Political Studies, Public Health Ethics, Research Ethics, Res Publica, Social Theory and Practice, The Lancet, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.
  • Referee for grant proposals for Wellcome Trust, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), and book proposals for Policy Press.
  • S.V. Keeling Scholarship, University College London (1994--7).
  • University Prize for Greek, University of Bristol (1993).
  • Member of British Philosophical Association, Society for Applied Philosophy, British Society for Aesthetics.

Conferences, Workshops and Lecture Series Organised

  • Valuing Health: Well-being, Freedom and Suffering, UCL June 2015
  • Priority in Practice: 10th Anniversary Conference (with Laura Valentini), UCL September 2013.
  • 7th UK Postgraduate Bioethics Conference (with Isra Black and Lisa Forsberg), KCL May 2013.
  • Time, Harm and Uncertainty: Themes in the Ethics of Infectious Disease, UCL December 2012.
  • Human Rights and Public Health Ethics: Problems and Prospects (with Angus Dawson), Singapore July 2010
  • New Directions in Bioethics workshop, UCL June 2009.
  • UCL/Lancet Human Right to Health Conference (with Jonathan Wolff), UCL May 2009.
  • Methodology in Bioethics (with David Hunter), major session at the International Congress of Bioethics, Rijeka, August 2008.
  • Children, Parents and Public Health conference, Keele University, March 2008.
  • Issues in Healthcare Ethics, Law and Philosophy, Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture Series, Keele University (2005--2008).


Teaching at UCL (2008---)

I have taught the following modules (all 15 credits):
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health. This course examines a number of topics in public health ethics, including the use of QALYs for resource allocation decisions, health inequalities, the ethics of health promotion and the ethics of infectious disease control. (2008 - present)
  • Global Justice and Health. This course examines the nature of the global health duty: when are global inequalities in health unfair, whose duty is it to rectify them, and which types of solution for improving global health are both effective and ethically acceptable? (2011 - present)
  • Aesthetics. This module provides an introduction to some key topics issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Topics examined include the nature and justifiability of aesthetic judgments (how can there be a ‘standard of taste’?), the aesthetic appreciation of nature, theories of the nature and value of art (can just anything count as art if you put it in a gallery?) and the ontology of artistic works. (2013-14)
  • Political Philosophy. This module considers Rawls’s liberal egalitarian A Theory of Justice and Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia. (2013-14)
  • Ethics. This course focuses on the ethics of enhancement, examining topics such as whether there is a moral difference between therapy and enhancement, the ethics of choosing children, moral status, and challenges of regulating of new technologies. (2009-12)
  • Philosophy and Ethics of Translational Clinical Science. This course examines how healthcare research should be conducted and funded, including topics such as the nature of evidence in medicine, informed consent, patient and public involvement in research, the patent system, and publication ethics. (2008-12)

Teaching at Keele (2004-8)

I taught on each of the six Applied Ethics MAs the Centre for Professional Ethics offered, and also on the Professional Doctorate in Medical Ethics. I taught many topics in medical ethics, including moral theory, informed consent, competence and decisionmaking, euthanasia, research ethics, health inequalities, resource allocation and the rule of rescue. For my last two years at Keele I taught predominantly on the MA Medical Ethics and Law (of which I was also the course director), the distance-learning MA Research Ethics, and the DMedEth in Medical Ethics. This teaching was predominantly seminar based, but I also gave supervisions and lectures as appropriate. I supervised five doctoral students, with thesis topics of particularism in applied ethics, the concept of need in end of life medical care, virtue in nursing practice, the ethics of confidentiality, and the ethics of intellectual property in pharmaceuticals.

Birkbeck College (September 2003 — August 2004)

First Year Lectures:
  • Greek Ethics (4 Lectures).
Second and Third Year Lectures:
  • Aesthetics (15 Lectures).
  • Ethics (5 Lectures).
  • Nietzsche (5 Lectures).
Seminars and Postgraduate Teaching:
  • Weekly Small Group seminar for first year students.
  • Bi-weekly seminar for Aesthetics.
  • Supervised one MPhil (Political Philosophy), and six MAs (Aesthetics, Ethics and Political Philosophy).

University of Surrey Roehampton (September 2002 — June 2003)

First Year Courses:
  • Practical Ethics.
  • Introductory Logic.
  • Modern Philosophy.
  • Philosophy of Mind.
  • History of Ethical Thought
Second and Third Year Course:
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory


Administration at UCL

  • Faculty Vice Dean (Interdisciplinarity) (2015---).
  • Member of Steering Committee, Institute of Digital Health (2015---)
  • Co-Director, UCL Health Humanities Centre (2015---).
  • Director, Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health (2013--2015).
  • Director, MA Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health (2012---present).
  • Member of Executive Group, Science, Medicine and Society Network (2013---present).
  • Affiliate Tutor, Philosophy Department (2014).
  • Deputy Director (Health), Institute for Human Rights (2010---present).
  • Member of Executive Group, UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing (2010---present).
  • Member of Steering Committee, Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health (2008---2013).
  • Member of UCL Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities (2009---2012)
  • Assessments coordinator for MSc Clinical and Experimental Medicine (2008---2013).
  • Member of Division of Medicine Postgraduate Taught Courses Committee (2009---2013).

Administration at Keele

  • Director of the MA Medical Ethics and Law. (2006 — 2008). This is the largest postgraduate ethics course in Europe, with 100 part-time students.
  • Member of Centre for Professional Ethics’ Strategic Planning Group (2005 — 2008).
  • Chair of the Law School Research Ethics committee. (2007 — 2008)
  • Member of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee. (2006 — 2008).
  • Member of Law School Postgraduate Taught Courses Steering Committee (2007 — 2008).
  • Director of Research Ethics Training. (2006).
  • Member of committee for Research Centre for Law, Ethics and Society. (2007 - 2008)
  • Director of the MA in Cancer and Palliative Care (2005 - 6).
  • Centre Workload Allocation Coordinator (responsible for assigning tasks to colleagues, and ensuring a fair division of labour). (2005 - 2008)
  • IT, Library and Web Coordinator for the Centre for Professional Ethics. (2005 — 2008).

Birkbeck (2003-2004)

  • Postgraduate Tutor for Ethics and Political Philosophy.
  • Examiner for the Schopenhauer and Nietzsche MA Paper.
  • Examiner for the Nietzsche MPhil Paper.

University of Surrey Roehampton (2002-2003)

  • On the committee of FUSCAPE (Federal University of Surrey Centre for Applied and Professional Ethics), and helped organise the Real World, Real People international conference on teaching ethics.
  • Examinations officer for the Philosophy Programme.

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