Bioethics and empirical ethics

Interdisciplinary research at the interface between social science and bioethics

We undertake interdisciplinary research at the interface between social science and bioethics as well as research into the philosophical issues raised by the practice of medicine and developments in biotechnology. Our research interest in this area covers the following areas:

• Empirical ethics
• The ethics of health service research
• Patient public involvement
• Reproductive ethics
• Public policy and regulation
• Ethical aspects of clinical research
• Ethics of emergent technologies

The interdisciplinary nature of this topic means we have valuable cross-institutional collaborations and have affiliations to the Philosophy Department’s Religion, Ethics and Practical Philosophy Group and the Law Faculty’s Health Law and Regulation Unit

Our research in this area informs and contributes to the medical undergraduate teaching programme. We also contribute to postgraduate programmes across the University.

We have an interest in the nature and status of bio-medical ethics as a subject teaching area and in exploring themes related to teaching of bio-medical ethics, particularly to health care professionals.

This research area is led by Dr Lucy Frith.