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Academic Biography

I joined Teesside University as a Research Assistant on a project dealing with domestic abuse, and am now working within Team Alpha at Teesside, working across a variety of co-produced projects with Middlesbrough and Durham council.

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 bioethics: where I have interests ranging from moral judgement in Autistic individuals to life-limiting conditions and the nature of grief. 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 empirical bioethics/philosophy, and during my PhD research I devised a research method (and corresponding theory) which appraised 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. Mostly I am committed to the notion that research should benefit people as much as possible, and this is why I enjoy engaging in co-produced research.

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


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