Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand

Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety is a research strand focused in these areas, with members drawn from across the University of Bristol and beyond. 'Bioethics', 'biolaw' and 'biosociety' explore the ethical, legal, and social issues in the biosciences, including health and social care.

Purpose

The Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand is an interdisciplinary research community drawn from across the University of Bristol and supported by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. The Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety strand aims to establish Bristol as a leader in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research into the ethical, legal and social dimensions of health and the biosciences. The research strand will unite and foster University of Bristol’s diverse expertise to explore the ethical, legal, and social issues in the biosciences, including health and social care.

Focus

Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand will focus its activities on broad research themes, reflecting current areas of research expertise and contemporary debates. The work will be informed by priorities and challenges identified by diverse stakeholders including patients/ service users, professionals and policymakers. The four themes are:

  1. Health, Children and Parents
  2. Health, Ageing and Dying Well
  3. Health, Populations and Participants
  4. Health, Uncertainty and Complexity

Key activities

Over a two-year period, the Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand will hold a series of lectures, workshops and public engagement events, as well as providing support for initial interdisciplinary research endeavours. In the long-term, the strand hopes to establish a multidisciplinary Centre at the University of Bristol to produce world class research that contributes to improvements to health and well-being. 

Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand priorities and activities will be informed and guided by a multidisciplinary advisory board. A funding panel comprising strand leads and members of the advisory board will award small grants to support initial research ideas.

Events

The Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand officially launched in November 2018 with a Guest Lecture from Baroness Finlay of Llandaff - As the light fades: Do law and ethics collide?

Contacts

Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand is a cross faculty initiative led by:

Ailsa Cameron
Senior Lecturer
School for Policy Studies, Social Sciences and Law
A.Cameron@bristol.ac.uk

Richard Huxtable
Professor of Medical Ethics and Law
Director, Centre for Ethics in Medicine
Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences
R.Huxtable@bristol.ac.uk

Sheelagh McGuinness
Reader in Law
Centre for Health, Law, and Society
Law School, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Sheelagh.McGuinness@bristol.ac.uk

Administrator: Esther Kissane-Webb

If you have any enquiries about the research strand or would like to join the mailing list, please email: ebi-b3-contact@bristol.ac.uk

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