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Professor Stephen Wilkinson

Professor, Professor of Bioethics

Stephen Wilkinson

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594964

Office Hours:

I am available most days.  Please feel free to email me for an appointment.

Research overview

Stephen Wilkinson's most recent research is on reproductive ethics and the regulation of reproductive technologies, especially the ethics of selective reproduction (practices that involve choosing between different possible future people).  A book on this topic (Choosing Tomorrow’s Children, Oxford University Press) was published in 2010.

A previous phase of work focused on the commercial exploitation of the human body and culminated in his first book, Bodies for Sale (Routledge, 2003).

He has also written on various other ethics topics including: biomedical research, conjoined twins, futility, mental illness, passive euthanasia, and resource allocation.

He is the holder of a Wellcome Senior Investigator Award (jointly with Professor Rosamund Scott of King’s College London) on reproductive donation (http://reproductivedonation.com/).

PhD supervision

Human Reproduction - ethics and regulation of
Organ Donation - ethics and regulation of


Stephen Wilkinson is Professor of Bioethics and also Associate Dean for Research for FASS (the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

He studied Philosophy at Lancaster as an undergraduate before undertaking postgraduate study at the University of Sussex.  After obtaining his doctorate, he held short-term posts at Southampton and Sussex before a longer-term move to Keele University.  He returned to Lancaster in 2013.

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