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I am Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy, and was its Honorary Chair from 2005 to 2010. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association from 2005 to 2008, and am currently a member of the British Philosophical Association Women in Philosophy Committee, and the British Executive Committee, China Philosophy Summer School: Australia, Britain, China.
I have been Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Professional Ethics, University of Melbourne: October - December 2000 and 2005; Cole Scholar in Residence, University of South Florida, St Petersburg January 2006; Visiting Research Professor, Centre for Child Welfare, University of Bergen, Norway, 2007-2009; Distinguished Visiting Research Professor, Beijing Normal University, 200; Visiting Research Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2008; and the Corti Fellow, Ethik-Zentrum, University of Zurich, 2013.
I serve on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Applied Philosophy, Res Publica, Contemporary Political Theory, Impact, and the Wiley-Blackwell International Encyclopaedia of Ethics, am co-editor of the Routledge Contemporary Political Philosophy book series and principal editor of the Springer Ethics and Public Policy book series.
I have been a Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Advisory Board since 2013. I currently chair the AHRC's 'Science in Culture' Advisory Group, and am also a member of the AHRC 'Public Policy Group'
I was a Member and Deputy Chair, Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party ‘Critical Care Decisions in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine: Ethical Issues’ (September 2004 – Autumn 2006), and have been a Member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority since 2005. I am currently Chair of HFEA Statutory Approvals Committee and a member of the HFEA Ethics and Standards Committee.
Undergraduate: Philosophy and the Good Life; Moral Theories; Philosophy of Law; Applied Ethics
Postgraduate: Children’s Rights and Conceptions of Childhood
Applied ethics (especially Children, Family and the State); Philosophy, Public Policy and Democracy; Moral and Legal Philosophy.
I was Principal Investigator on an AHRC Care for the Future Exploratory Award, ‘Generating Justice: The social, ethical, legal and political problems of ensuring justice across generations’ (April-September 2013):
Selected Recent Publications