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Professor Stephen Wilkinson

Professor, Professor of Bioethics

Stephen Wilkinson

Lancaster University

County South

LA1 4YL

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 594964

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

Research overview

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.

Much of his work 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 transplantation, non-invasive pre-natal testing, mitochondrial replacement, new sources of eggs and sperm, 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).

From 2013 to 2021, he was the joint leader of a large Wellcome-funded research programme about the Ethics and Regulation of Human Reproductive Donation.  From 2022, he will be leading another large Wellcome project called The Future of Human Reproduction: transformative agendas and methods for the Humanities and Social Sciences, a collaboration with Lancaster colleagues from Design, English Literature, Law, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology.  He has previously held research grants from the AHRB, AHRC, British Academy, and Leverhulme Trust.

PhD supervision

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

Profile

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 is a Lancaster graduate and returned to Lancaster as a professor in 2013.

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