Professor of Social Ethics and Bioethics. Disability activist.
I’ve managed never to have worked in a university department, or a business, that has the title of anything in which I’m actually qualified. For the first few years after leaving Newnham I followed a conventional career track in academic science, but then took a sideways move via public understanding of science, biomedical communications and science regulation into bioethics, the subject I now teach and research. I currently work in a Sociology department because I use social science methodologies, and I’ve now got an MA in psychoanalytic theory which I undertook to help with my work, and also because it seemed like fun!
In my time I’ve also paid the rent through working as a freelance translator and editor, and as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry; I’ve had experience of living and working in Switzerland, Germany and Australia. Happy to talk about any of those topics, or indeed the general topic of “your life might take you in directions you absolutely couldn’t predict”.