The British Academy awards Postdoctoral Fellowship to Dr Catriona McMillan
Fri 25 September 2020
Dr Catriona McMillan has been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for her research into ‘Femtech’ and how law and regulation should respond to health technologies targeted at improving women’s health and well-being.
The three-year award is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and is the British Academy’s flagship programme of awards for early career academics based at UK universities. It enables outstanding early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment.
‘Femtech’ and the process of becoming a 'better' woman: how should law and regulation respond to health technologies targeted at improving women’s health and well-being?
Femtech is a relatively new personal health technology (PHTs) aimed at improving women’s bodies and biological processes, and it has been met with little legal or ethical scrutiny. Dr McMillan’s research is motivated by the concern that law and regulation fail to adequately protect women as Femtech users.
She argues that if the marketing of Femtech technologies to women is to continue, there needs to be a framework for regulation that accounts for biological processes and technological change. Her works aims to test such a framework in order to influence Femtech policy and development, and better inform the contemporary debate about law and ethics of PHTs and its impact on women’s health.