Dr Jonathan Lewis

Research Fellow

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Jonathan is Research Fellow in Bioethics and Medical Law.

His research is situated at the intersections of bioethics, medical law, moral psychology and health policy.

In the field of bioethics, Jonathan has published on the ethics of new and emerging biotechnologies, the ethics of biomedical research, the application of moral psychology, its theories, and concepts to clinical practice and health policy, and the rights of vulnerable individuals, children, and individuals from minority groups. He has also been heavily involved in establishing experimental philosophical bioethics (“bioxphi”) as a specific field of research.  

In terms of medical law, Jonathan has published on the tensions between capacity law, mental health law, and human rights law, racial justice and drug laws, the regulation of biomedical research and new and emerging medicinal products and devices, international abortion legislation, physician assisted dying and euthanasia, and the roles of the Court of Protection and the High Court in cases involving vulnerable individuals and children. 

Jonathan is Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Ethics, member of the Editorial Board for BMC Medical Ethics, and co-editor of the “Experimental Philosophy: Bioethics” section of PhilPapers.

With Søren Holm, he is Co-Principal Investigator for the HYBRIDA project (‘Embedding a Comprehensive Ethical Dimension to Organoid-based Research and Resulting Technologies’; SwafS-Horizon 2020). 


Prior to joining the University of Manchester, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dublin City University, where he was Co-Principal Investigator for the EnTIRE project (‘Mapping Normative Frameworks for Ethics and Integrity of Research’; Horizon 2020) as well as Investigator for the INBOTs project (‘Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society’; Horizon 2020).

Jonathan conducted doctoral research in philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he was the recipient of a Crossland Scholarship and a College Research Scholarship, and he has worked as a researcher on a number of collaborative policy-oriented projects involving health care providers, public health organisations, legal institutions, professional bodies and academics at the intersections of ethics, law, public health and health policy.

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2014 - Doctor of Philosophy, Reification and Problems of Modern Philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London (2010 - 2014)

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