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Academic Biography

I am currently working as the South Tees Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC) Community Research and Ethics Lead. The South Tees HDRC is a collaboration between Teesside University and Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland councils (in conjunction with other local stakeholders) looking at addressing health inequalities and inequity through research. I am also head of the South Tees HDRC Community-based Research Programme.

Prior to joining Teeside University, I have worked in a number of settings, working with charities to improve access to Higher Education for under-represented groups and within SEN education.

I completed my PhD in 2015 in Philosophy, with an ESRC funded project looking at the implications of genetic research on the autonomy and agency of young people in the U.K.

Summary of Research Interests

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of my research, I have a wide range of research interests.

Perhaps the most prominent of these interests is in Ethics and Bioethics: where I have interests ranging from moral judgement in Autistic individuals to life-limiting conditions and the nature of grief, as well as the theory and practice of improving Research Ethics both within and outside academia.

I have researched extensively in the fields of genomics and neuro-ethics, specifically behavioural genetics and the philosophy of psychiatry/mental disorder. I have also conducted research on the notions of autonomy and agency (developing my own theory of developed agency) and how it relates to young people, as well as the philosophy of childhood more generally.

I have an interest in public health and the philosophy of public health, children's rights, jurisprudence and empirical bioethics/philosophy, and during my PhD research I devised a process (and corresponding theory) for appraising the moral sophistication, consistency and agency of individuals.

I am also interested in Psychology and the Philosophy of Psychology, as well as giving a voice to under-represented groups and individuals.

My primary interests are based on the notion that research should benefit people as much as possible, and this is why I enjoy engaging in co-produced research putting communities and the voice of people at the heart of the research process.

External Roles and Professional Activities

I am currently a mentor for Minorities and Philosophy UK, and have written an article for their online blog looking at mental health within academia.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Best Screened and Not Heard: The Impact of Genetic Research on the Autonomy and Agency of Young People in the UK, Lancaster University

… → 2015

Master, Genetics and Society (Research), Lancaster University

… → 2008

Master, Philosophy, Lancaster University

… → 2007

Bachelor, Philosophy, Lancaster University

… → 2006

External positions

Adjunct Faculty, Lovely Professional University

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