Vice Dean (Interdisciplinarity), Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2015—)
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)
- Rumbold B., Baker R., Hawkes, S., Norheim O., Ferraz, O., Krubiner C., Littlejohns, P., Pegram, T., Rid, A., Venkatapuram, S., Voorhoeve, A., Wang, D., Weale, A., Wilson, J., Yamin, A., Hunt, P. (2017). “Universal Health Coverage, Priority Setting and the Human Right to Health.” The Lancet (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30931-5)
- Rumbold B., Wenham C., and Wilson J. (2017). “Self-tests for influenza: an empirical ethics investigation”, BMC Medical Ethics 18:33, pp. 1–14.
- Wilson J. (2017). “Introduction to Symposium on Daniel Hausman’s Valuing Health: Well-being, Freedom and Suffering”, Public Health Ethics. doi:10.1093/phe/phx008
- Wilson J. (2017). “Public value, maximisation and health policy: an examination of Hausman’s Restricted Consequentialism”, Public Health Ethics. doi:10.1093/phe/phw020
- Cossu G, Birchall M, Brown T, De Coppi P, Culme-Seymour E, Gibbon S, Hitchcock J, Mason C, Montgomery J, Morris S, Muntoni F, Napier D, Owji N, Prasad A, Round J, Saprai P, Stilgoe J, Thrasher A, Wilson J. (2017). “Lancet Commission: Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine”. The Lancet (in press).
- ** Rumbold B., Weale A., Rid A., Wilson J., and Littlejohns P. (2017). “Public Reasoning and Health Care Priority Setting: The Case of NICE” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 27(1): 107–34.
- Charlton V, Littlejohns P, Kieslich K, Mitchell P, Rumbold B, Weale A, Wilson J, Rid A. (2017) “Cost effective but unaffordable: an emerging challenge for health systems.” BMJ 356:j1402. See also the rapid responses (including one from NICE), and our reply http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j1402/rr-3.
- Kieslich K., Ahn J., Badano G. Chalkidou K., Cubillos L., Hauegen R., Henshall C., Krubiner C., Littlejohns P., Lu L., Pearson S., Rid A., Whitty J., Wilson J. (2016). “Public Participation in Decision-Making on the Coverage of New Antivirals for Hepatitis C”, Journal of Health Organization and Management 30(5): 769–85.
- ** Wilson J. (2016). “Internal and External Validity in Thought Experiments”, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 116(2): 1–26.
- ** Wilson J. (2016). “The Right to Public Health”, Journal of Medical Ethics 42:367–375.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Napier, A.D., Ancarno, C., Butler, B., Calabrese, J., Chater, A., Chatterjee, H., Guesnet, F., Horne, R., Jacyna, S., Jadhav, S., Macdonald, A., Neuendorf U., Parkhurst A., Reynolds R., Scambler G., Shamdasani S., Smith S.Z., Stougaard-Nielsen J., Thomson L., Tyler N., Volkmann A.M., Walker T., Watson J., de C Williams A., Willott C., Wilson J., and Woolf K. (2014). “Culture and Health.” The Lancet, 384(9954): 1607–1639
- Wilson, J. (2014). “The Ethics of Disease Eradication.” Vaccine 32: 7179–7183.
- ** Wilson J. (2014). “Embracing Complexity: Theory, Cases and the Future of Bioethics”, Monash Bioethics Review 32(1–2): 3–21.
- Hunter D. and Wilson J. (2012). “Promoting health equity”, BMJ345:e4881.
- ** 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.
- Wilson J. (2012). “Persons, Post-Persons and Thresholds”, Journal of Medical Ethics 38(3): 143–4.
- Rydin, Y., Bleahu, A., Davies, M., Dávila, J.D., Friel, S., De Grandis, G., Groce, N., Hallal, P.C., Hamilton, I., Howden-Chapman, P. and Lai, K.M, Lim C.J., Martins J., Osrin D., Ridley I., Scott I., Taylor M., Wilkinson P., and Wilson J. (2012). “Shaping Cities For Health: The Complexity Of Planning Urban Environments In The 21st Century”, The Lancet 379(9831): 2079–2108.
- 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.
- ** 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).
- Wilson J. (2011). “Freedom of Information and Research Data”, Research Ethics 7(3): 107–111.
- Edwards S. and Wilson J. (2011). “Hard Paternalism and Clinical Research: Why Not”, Bioethics 26(2): 68–75.
- ** Wilson J. and Hunter D. (2010). “Research Exceptionalism”, American Journal of Bioethics 10(8): pp. 45–54. Target article, with nine commentaries.
- Hunter D. and Wilson J. (2010). “Research Exceptionalism -- Responses to Open Peer Commentaries”, American Journal of Bioethics 10(8): pp. W4–W6
- 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.
- ** Wilson. J. (2010) “Ontology and the Regulation of Intellectual Property”, The Monist 93(3): pp. 453–66.
- Wilson J. (2009). “Justice and the Social Determinants of Health: an overview”, Public Health Ethics 2(3): pp. 210–213.
- ** Wilson J. (2009). “Towards a Normative Framework for Public Health Ethics and Policy”, Public Health Ethics 2(2): pp. 184–194.
- ** Wilson J. (2009). “Could there be a Right to Own Intellectual Property?”, Law and Philosophy 28(4): pp. 393–427.
- Wilson J. (2009). “Not So Special After All? Daniels and the Social Determinants of Health”, Journal of Medical Ethics 35(1), pp. 3–6.
- Athanassoulis N. and Wilson J. (2009). “When is Deception in Research Ethical?”, Clinical Ethics 4(1): pp. 44–49.
- Wilson J. and Sokol D. (2009). “Do we need a concept of intraoperative complication?”, World Journal of Surgery33, p.1102.
- 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.
- ** Wilson, J. (2007). “Is Respect for Autonomy Defensible?”, Journal of Medical Ethics33, pp. 353–356.
- Wilson, J. (2007). “Transhumanism and Moral Equality”, Bioethics21, pp. 419–425.
- Wilson, J. (2007). “GM Crops: Patently Wrong?”, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20, pp. 261–283.
- 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
- Wilson J. (2017). “Global Justice”, in Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene, Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10443-9.
- Wilson J. (2014). “Global Health Inequalities and Inequities”, Encyclopedia of Bioethics (4th edition), ed. Bruce Jennings. Macmillan USA, pp. 1347–53.
- Wilson J. (2014). “Addendum to ‘Research Methodology’”, Encyclopedia of Bioethics (4th edition), ed. Bruce Jennings. Macmillan USA, pp. 2810–11.
- 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.
- Wilson J. (2013). “Drug Resistance, Patents and Justice: Who Owns the Effectiveness of Antibiotics?”. In Global Health and International Community: Ethical, Political and Regulatory Challenges (ed. J. Coggon and S. Gola, Bloomsbury Academic), pp. 151–164.
- ** 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.
- ** Wilson J. (2011). “Health Inequities”. In Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts in Policy and Practice, ed. A. Dawson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wilson, J. (2007). “Nietzsche and Equality”. In Nietzsche and Ethics ed. G. von Tevenar. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 221–240.
- Hunter D. and Wilson J. (2011). Hyper-expensive treatments: ethical and policy issues. Background paper for Nuffield Council on Bioethics Forward Look seminar.
- The Royal Society (2012). Science as an open enterprise. I worked as a Senior Policy Adviser on this report from July 2011 to April 2012.
- Wilson, J. (2012). “Review of Ethics and the Acquisition of Organs”, Journal of Applied Philosophy29(3): 268–70.
- Wilson, J. (2009). ”Review of Choosing Life, Choosing Death”, Times Higher Education, July 2 2009.
- Wilson, J. (2003). ”Review of Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited”, Journal of Speculative Philosophy 17(4), pp. 323–5.
Conference Papers and Invited Talks
Popular Articles, Interviews and Media
- Philosophy and ethics consultant for the Wellcome funded Surgeon X comic (Image Comics, Portland Oregon, 2017). Media coverage includes: National Geographic and Entertainment Weekly. I was interviewed about the project in “Dr. James Wilson on raising ethical questions in Surgeon X” Freaksugar May 12 2017.
- “The Science of the Last of Us”, September 2016, with Wellcome Trust. Media coverage includes: “Listen to Some Scientists Break Down the Science of The Last of Us”, Kotaku; "Here's how a deadly zombie pandemic would play out in the world", Business Insider; “The Last of Us gets taken down a peg by scientists and ethicists”, Games Radar.
- Interviewed about the philosophical implications of HBO’s Westworld., “8 questions I need answered after watching the first episode of Westworld”, Games Radar, October 4 2016.
- “Care.data 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.
- Philosopher in residence for the multi-award winning The Hackney Podcast from 2008–11. Features included health inequalities, toleration, and coffee.
- Interviewed about teaching short courses in ethics in ”Doing the Right Thing”, Times Higher Education, 24 April 2008.
- ”Ethics of Reality TV”, article written with Daniel Sokol for BBC News Online, 30 May 2007.
- Interviewed in ”Clash Over Stem Cell Patents in Europe”, Managing Intellectual Property, November 2007.
Grants and Contracts Awarded
Honours, Esteem Indicators and Other Professional Activities
Conferences, Workshops and Lecture Series Organised
- Jasper Littmann (2014). Antimicrobial resistance and distributive justice.
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Experimental Medicine, Kiel University (CAU), (2014—). Strategic Advisor to the President, Robert Koch Institute (2016—).
- Gabriele Badano (2014). Deliberative Democracy, Public Reason and the Allocation of Clinical Care Resources.
Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences And Humanities (CRASSH), (2015–18).
- Alexandre Sayegh. (2016). Justice in a non-ideal world (secondary supervisor).
Postdoctoral Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies (2016–18).
- First Year undergraduate lectures in Greek Ethics (4 Lectures).
- Second and Third Year undergraduate Lectures in Aesthetics (15 Lectures), Ethics (5 Lectures), and Nietzsche (5 Lectures).
University of Surrey Roehampton (2002–3)
- First year undergraduate courses in: Practical Ethics; Introductory Logic; Modern Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind; History of Ethical Thought.
- Second and third year undergraduate course in Contemporary Ethical Theory.