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Dr Emily Postan

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Senior Research and Teaching Fellow in Bioethics

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Emily is an Early Career Fellow in Bioethics. She is also Deputy Director of the JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law, with particular responsibility for the Institute’s policy engagement portfolio.

She is an interdisciplinary bioethicist with a background in philosophy. She has philosophy degrees from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Stirling, and an LLM from the University of Edinburgh. She was awarded her PhD for her thesis ‘Defining Ourselves: narrative identity and access to personal bioinformation’ in 2017. She is a research fellow on the Wellcome Trust funded project, Confronting the Liminal Spaces of Health Research Regulation.

Current Research Interests

Emily’s main research interests lie in exploring the ways that identity features in bioethical debates about new technologies and uses and management of personal information, and in locating key interests arising from identity practices. Her wider research interests include:

  • Neuroethics
  • Ethical governance of genertic information
  • Conscientious objection in healthcare
  • Consent and shared decision-making
  • Biomedical research ethics, particularly disclosure of research findings
  • The ethics of novel reproductive technologies

She is a member of the Scottish Feminist Judgments Project, in which legal judgments in important Scottish cases are revisited to imagine might have been decided differently if the judge had adopted a feminist perspective.