'Defining Ourselves: self-construction and the governance of personal biological information'
MA, MLitt, LLM
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Principal Supervisor: Professor Graeme Laurie
- Assistant Supervisor: Dr Sharon Cowan
LLM (Distinction) in Innovation and Technology Law, University of Edinburgh School of Law
MLitt by Research, title: 'The Coherent Self', Department of Philosophy, University of Stirling
MA (Hons) in Mental Philosophy, University of Edinburgh - 1st Class honours
Doctoral research topic
My research investigates the potential value of personal biological information to individuals for the purpose of developing their self-conceptions, and the extent to which this identity-based value is, or could practicably be, recognised in the oversight of how this information is generated and handled.
I hope to throw light on a gap in the principles underlying the governance of bioinformation: as long as the interests of information subjects that are seen as most relevant here are limited to autonomy, privacy and health-outcomes, this not only fails to acknowledge that the impacts of information on identity could raise comparably significant concerns, but also overlooks the possibility that self-construction might be a large part of what makes autonomy and privacy valuable in the first place. I also want to make clear the possible challenges and pitfalls of seeking to protect identity-based informational interests using the law.
My research is literature-based with a substantial theoretical component, drawing on philosophy and sociology as well as legal analysis.
Emily Postan. "Book review: Governing Biobanks: Understanding the Interplay between Law and Practice, written by Jane Kaye, Susan M C Gibbons, Catherine Heeney, Michael Parker and Andrew Smart" (2014) European Journal of Health Law 21(2)
Laurie, Graeme, and Emily Postan. "RHETORIC OR REALITY: WHAT IS THE LEGAL STATUS OF THE CONSENT FORM IN HEALTH-RELATED RESEARCH?" Medical law review (2012).
Other research projects:
Project leader: Nuffield Council on Bioethics Novel Neurotechnologies: intervening in the brain (2013)
Research assistant on Wellcome Trust funded study on reconsent in longitudinal health research (Project leads: Prof Graeme Laurie (Edinburgh) & Prof Mary Dixon-Woods (Leicester)) (2011-2012)
Co-developer: Scottish Informatics Programme (SHIP) Information Governance Toolkit (2011)
Presentions and posters:
'Picking the Right Tools; the role of bioinformation in identity construction' - working paper delivered in the University of Manchester, Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP) seminar series - 4 December 2013
'Novel Neurotechnologies' - invited speaker at the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics annual conference, Stockholm, 23 October 2013
'Neuroenhancement and Novel Neurotechnologies' - invited panel member at 24th ESC Conference, Berlin, 6 September 2013
'Biology matters, but does protecting biological self-definition necessarily entail biological essentialism?' - poster at IAB 12th World Congress of Bioethics, Rotterdam, 28 June 2012
'Building oneself from biology: the value and risks of recognising the contribution of personal biological information to self-conception' 6th Annual Postgraduate Conference In Bioethics, London, 2 May 2012
Covenor of the Mason Institute Biomedial Law and Ethics Reading Group (2013/14)
Chair and co-convenor of 'Challenging Individualism' workshop at the University of Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group and Centre for Law and Society Spring Festival, 29 May 2012