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Centre for Social Ethics and Policy

The Centre's members

The Centre for Social Ethics and Policy is directed by Margaret Brazier and Søren Holm and co-directed by John Harris, all world-renowned experts in their field and part of an impressive academic team of 13 members.

Neil Allen

Neil is a practising barrister and has published various articles on mental health and incapacity law, leading a number of taught courses spanning medico-legal problems and ethics.

Annie Austin

Annie completed her Phd in Applied Social Science in 2015, and joined the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy in 2016. Prior to joining the University of Manchester, she worked for several years doing social policy research in the public, private and third sectors. Annie has a degree in Philosophy and an MSc in Social Change.

Rebecca Bennett

Rebecca has comprehensive research and teaching experience spanning widely diverse issues in bioethics. She is a Professor of Bioethics, Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Law and responsible for the launch of the short online CPD courses in medical ethics and law.

Iain Brassington

Iain published his third book, Bioscience and the Good Life, in 2013, edits the Journal of Medical Ethics’ blog, and has extensive research experience across themes of enhancement, autonomy, euthanasia and moral theory.

Margaret Brazier

Margaret’s research and teaching intersects themes in law, medicine and ethics. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Ethics, among several others, and has Chaired the Nuffield Council on Bioethics for a number of years.

Sarah Devaney

Sarah teaches a substantial number of courses in CSEP and researches issues surrounding property in the body and theories of regulation.

Simona Giordano

Simona has published on a variety of bioethics topics that range from moral philosophy, to psychiatric ethics, genetics, IVF, child abandonment, end-of-life issues, sports ethics and many others.

Nicola Glover-Thomas

Nicola is a Professor of Medical Law and is the current Director of Research in the School of Law. Her research interests focus around three main themes: mental health law analysed through a socio-legal perspective; law and pharmaceuticals; and pharmacogenomics and the socio-legal implications of this.

Søren Holm

Søren has worked in bioethics and philosophy of medicine since the early 1990s, publishing more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals on a very wide range of issues.

Kirsty Keywood

Kirsty supervises a number of doctoral research projects and is particularly interested in health care decision-making by, with and for vulnerable adults.

Alexandra Mullock

Alex is a Lecturer who joined the School of Law in 2011 after completing her PhD at Manchester. Her research interests focus mainly on end-of-life law, the legitimacy of ethically contentious medical interventions and the regulation of health care professionals.

Catherine Stanton

Catherine's interests and doctoral supervision focuses around issues relating to the use of human genetic information, reproductive technologies and clinical negligence litigation.