Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand

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

Purpose

The Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand built an interdisciplinary research community drawn from across the University of Bristol, supported by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. The Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety strand aimed 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 united and fostered University of Bristol’s diverse expertise and explored the ethical, legal, and social issues in the biosciences, including health and social care.


Focus

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

  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 held 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 had aims to establish a multidisciplinary Centre at the University of Bristol to produce world class research that would contribute to improvements to health and well-being. 

Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand priorities and activities were informed and guided by a multidisciplinary advisory board. A funding panel comprising strand leads and members of the advisory board awarded 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? Find out more about the strand's events and news.


Contacts

Bioethics, Biolaw and Biosociety Research Strand was 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 please email: ebi-b3-contact@bristol.ac.uk

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