Professor Ruth Chadwick

Professor Ruth Chadwick

Emerita Professor

School of Social Sciences

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Ruth Chadwick is Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen): a Lancaster-Cardiff collaboration.

She holds a Link Chair at Cardiff University between the Law School and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP).

She has co-ordinated a number of projects funded by the European Commission, including the EUROSCREEN projects (1994-6; 1996-9) and co-edits the journal Bioethics and the online journal Genomics, Society and Policy.

She is Chair of the Human Genome Organisation Ethics Committee, a member of the Advisory Committee of the UK National Stem Cell Network; and has served as a member of several policy-making and advisory bodies, including the Panel of Eminent Ethical Experts of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the UK Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP).

She was editor-in-chief of the award winning Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (1998), of which a second edition is now being prepared.

She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Hastings Center, New York; of the Royal Society of Arts; and of the Royal Society of Medicine.

In 2005 she was the winner of the World Technology Network Award for Ethics for her work on the relationship between scientific developments and ethical frameworks.

I joined Lancaster University in 2000 as Professor of Bioethics and became Director of the Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy, 2001-2 prior to the ESRC award.

Previously Professor of Moral Philosophy and Head of Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire (1993-2000)

Lecturer in Philosophy and Director, Centre for Applied Ethics, University of Wales Cardiff (1987-93)

Senior Lecturer in Law and Moral Philosophy, St. Martin$acirc;  s College Lancaster (1981-6)

Honours and awards

In 2005 she was the winner of the World Technology Network Award for Ethics for her work on the relationship between scientific developments and ethical frameworks.

Professional memberships

She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Hastings Center, New York; of the Royal Society of Arts; and of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Ethics and new technologies, especially genomics.

Areas of expertise