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Dr Tom Walker
Senior Lecturer in Ethics (PhD Sheffield)
Contact Details
Room 24.0G.004 
+44 28 9097 3626

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Teaching Areas
Moral Theories, Applied Ethics

Research Interests

My research is concentrated in four main areas within ethics. First, the extent and limits of healthcare professionals' obligations to provide information to their patients. Second, questions of fairness in resource allocation decisions, focusing primarily on medical and social care resources. Third, the ethics of interventions to change people's behaviour in order either to benefit them or to protect their future autonomy. In looking at this topic my main focus is on policies designed to promote the health of the population by changing behaviours such as smoking, drinking and overeating. Fourth, the nature of privacy and the tension between respecting privacy and security.

Recent/selected publications

  • Walker, T. ‘Criminal Law, Drugs and Harm Reduction’ in A.M. Viens, J. Coggon and A.S. Kessel (Eds), Criminal Law, Philosophy and Public Health Practice, 2013, Cambridge University Press
  • Walker, T., ‘Respecting Autonomy Without Disclosing Information’, Bioethics, 2013, volume 27 number 7, pp.388-394
  • Walker, T., ‘Ethics of Civil Space’ in F. Su and B. McGettrick (Eds), Professional Ethics: Education for a Humane Society, 2012, Cambridge Scholars Press
  • Walker, T., ‘Informed Consent and the Requirement to Ensure Understanding’, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2012, volume 29 number 1, pp.50-62
  •  Walker, T., ‘Ulysses Contracts in Medicine’, Law and Philosophy, 2012, volume 31 number 1, pp.77-98
  • Walker, T., ‘Full Autonomy, Substantial Autonomy, and Neuroscience’, AJOB Neuroscience, 2011, volume 2 number 3, pp.56-57
  • Walker, T., ‘Why We Should Not Set a Minimum Price per Unit of Alcohol’, Public Health Ethics, 2010, volume 3 number 2, pp.107-114
  • Walker, T., ‘Who Do We Treat First When Resources Are Scarce?’, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2010, volume 27 number 2, pp.200-211
  • Walker, T., ‘What Principlism Misses’, The Journal of Medical Ethics, 2009, volume 35 number 4, pp.229-231
  • Hughes, J. and Walker, T., ‘The Rule of Rescue in Clinical Practice’, Clinical Ethics, 2009, volume 4 number 1, pp.50-54
  • Walker, T., ‘Giving Addicts Their Drug of Choice: The Problem of Consent’, Bioethics 2008, Volume 22, number 6, pp.314-320