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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

Much of Stephen Wilkinson's research is about 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.  Since then, particular interests have included ethical issues raised by uterus transplantion, non-invasive pre-natal testing, mitochondrial replacment, new sources of eggs and spem, genome editing, surrogacy, and public funding for infertility treatment.

Another abiding interest is the commercial exploitation of the human body, which was the subject of his first book, Bodies for Sale (Routledge, 2003).

He is the holder of a Wellcome Senior Investigator Award (jointly with Professor Rosamund Scott of King’s College London) and has previously held grants from the AHRB, AHRC, British Academy, and Leverhulme Trust.

PhD supervision

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


Stephen Wilkinson is Professor of Bioethics, Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee.  He also jointly leads a Wellcome programme on the ethics of human reproduction.

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