Job: Policy Analyst (Humanities) at the PHG Foundation, Cambridge

20 March 2017

Salary: £28,000 to £35,000 p.a. plus benefits
Closes: 7th April 2017
Full time or part time (min 28 hours p.w.)
Fixed Term contract for 3 years

This is a great opportunity for a social scientist/philosopher/lawyer with an interest in health policy to work with a world-leading think tank that uses research, analysis and advocacy to accelerate the impact of cutting edge biomedical science in healthcare.

As part of our busy team, you will have many opportunities to challenge yourself and to learn more about both exciting advances in biomedicine and the social, ethical, political and legal contexts that impact on their use in healthcare.

To succeed in the role you will have humanities and scientific expertise with ideally a good first degree in a relevant humanities subject (e.g. law, social sciences or philosophy). A postgraduate academic or professional qualification in health/medical law and ethics or biological science, medicine, public health or public policy is desirable.

You will have strong project management skills, a talent for writing and communicating complex issues to a variety of audiences and an ambition to influence public policy through your work. You must have the personal qualities to work well with fellow professionals and experts in a multidisciplinary environment, on interesting policy projects that combine the latest science and technologies with their ethical, legal, social and economic implications. You will also be committed to helping the PHG Foundation to further develop its reputation as an independent health policy think-tank.

You can download an application pack and details of how to apply from our website.

For an informal discussion contact Alison Hall at alison.hall [at]

Interviews will be held in Cambridge on 3 May 2017.


Research fellowships: Fondation Brocher, Geneva

10 February 2017

The Brocher Foundation is located on the shores of the Geneva Lake, in Hermance (Geneva -Switzerland).

The Brocher Foundation residencies last between one and four months. They give researchers the opportunity to work at the Brocher Centre on projects on the ethical, legal and social implications for humankind of recent medical research and new technologies. 

Every month a dozen of visiting researchers live and concentrate on their research project at the Foundation.

The location allows researchers to link up with, and benefit from, the extensive network and knowledge of local experts from the international governmental and non-governmental organisations having their headquarters in Geneva.

Our call for residencies is closing on the 18th of February.

The Brocher Foundation offers visiting researchers the opportunity to come at the Brocher Centre in a peaceful park on the shores of Lake Geneva, to write a book, articles, an essay or a PhD thesis. The visiting positions are an occasion to meet other researchers from different disciplines and countries as well as experts from numerous International Organizations & Non Governmental Organizations based in Geneva, such as WHO, WTO, WIPO, UNHCR, ILO, WMA, ICRC, and others.

They give researchers (PhD students to Professors) the opportunity to work at the Brocher Centre on projects on the ethical, legal and social implications for humankind of recent medical research and new technologies.  Researchers can also apply with one or two other researchers to work on a collaborative project.

“Junior” visiting researchers can apply for an additional scholarship in order to cover their travel and local expenses in Geneva. To be eligible to this “Additional scholarship for Junior researchers”, the applicant should be a PhD student or should have obtained his PhD degree within a maximum of five years and should not perceive any other income during the time spent at the Foundation.

Applications from low and middle income countries are highly encouraged.

Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of recent medical research and new medical technologies :

Bioethics, Medical Anthropology, Health Economics, Health Policy, Health Law, Philosophy of Medicine and Health, Medical Humanities, Social Science Perspectives on Health, Medical Ethics, History of medicine. Equitable access to medical care, Biobanks, Biosecurity and Dual Use Dilemmas, Clinical Trials and Research on Human Subjects, Genetic testing and screening, Health Care Reform, Nanotechnology, Neglected diseases, Pandemic planning, Reproductive technology, Stem Cells and Cell Therapy, Organ transplantation, Telemedicine, Neurosciences, Synthetic Biology.

Must be submitted before 18/02/2017 midnight GMT.

Seminar: Health incentives and equity – Empirical findings and conceptual issues

3 March 2011

Tuesday, 15th March 2011
Tea served from 5pm, Seminar at 5.30pm
Room 2.09, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Campus.

Harald Schmidt
Research Associate, LSE Health, London School of Economics; Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies in Bioethics, Universität Münster

Chair: Prof Richard Ashcroft
Professor of Bioethics, School of Law, QMUL

Discussant: Dr Stephen John
Research Fellow, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Followed by drinks on the Ground Floor lobby, School of Law

Incentives for health are used for a range of different reasons which include: to promote health; to curb or reduce health care expenditure; to promote workforce productivity; and/or to enhance competition among providers of healthcare. In the best case, programs achieve all of these objectives. But problems can arise when the focus is on particular rationales only, especially where this leads to situations in which not everyone has a fair chance to use incentive programs. This talk reviews some of the lessons that can be learned from the use of incentives in Germany and the US. Empirical data are presented on which income and health status groups most frequently use incentives, and a practical proposal is made for analyzing conceptual questions around who benefits from incentives, and to what extent we should be concerned if not all benefit equally. Some relevant papers can be found here.

This event is open to all and free to attend.
To book your place, please email

CSI Health is a collaboration between King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London and the London School of Economics. It is funded by a Strategic Award in Biomedical Ethics from The Wellcome Trust.

Conference: Inequality and health at UCL

28 January 2011

Tuesday March 15th 2011
Organised by the MA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Health, UCL.

Invited speakers will examine health inequality from the perspectives of philosophy, sociology, and policy.

The conference will be co-hosted by UCL’s Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health and Goodenough College.

Registration is free. To register, please email Erin Conrad erin.conrad.10 [at] by March 5th.

The conference will be held at Goodenough College in the Large Common Room, London House, Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London, WC1N 2AB.


9.45 Registration

10.00 Alex Voorhoeve, ‘The evaluation of expectedly beneficial treatments that will disadvantage the worst off’

11.00 Adam Fletcher, “‘Doing more harm than good’: how health promotion interventions and social policies have had toxic effects on young people’s health.”

12.00 Lunch

12.45 James Wilson, ‘Drug patents, time and equality: an argument for why the NHS should not pay for patented drugs’

1.45 Suzanne Wait, ‘A policy perspective on health equality and inequality’

2.45 Tea

3.05 Jo Wolff, ‘Health equality and health promotion’

4.05 Sir Michael Marmot, ‘Fair society, healthy lives’

5.05 Finish

Job: Research Associate in Health Law and Policy

8 December 2010

Faculty of Law
Research Associate (Limited Term)
The Research Associate (Limited Term) provides research and management support in the execution of the supervisor’s role as Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy.


Reporting to Colleen M. Flood, a Canada Research Council Chair in Health Law and Policy, who is also the outgoing Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute for Health Services and Policy Research, the Research Associate (Limited Term) is expected to provide research services and manage the research portfolio of the Chair.

He or she will be required to maintain positive and continuous interactions with people with whom the Chair has contact, including senior officials in national and provincial organizations that conduct work related to health law and services/policy.


The deadline for applications is January 15, 2011. For full job description, requisite qualifications, and instructions on how to apply, please refer to the posting online.

Seminar: Living longer – who wants to live forever?

7 October 2010

14 October, 15.00

Room G10 Chandler House, University College London
2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF

This seminar, led by the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London, is co-hosted with BioCentre and UCL Grand Challenges of Human Wellbeing .

Speakers: Professor Sharon Kaufman (University of California, San Francisco), Dr Guy Brown (University of Cambridge) and Dr Chris Gilleard (UCL)

The potential of new ageing populations’ extending lifespans opens new fields for discussion of bioethics and in particular the issue of limits to longevity. Key questions we seek to address here include: What can bio-gerontology tell us about increasing longevity? What are social implications of increasing lifespans? Should we all live forever? Here we aim to consider the emerging cohorts of older adults who engage the most high-tech life extension therapies in later life. This population is growing exponentially in the U.S., and perhaps elsewhere, and will continue to do so as technologies for longevity-making proliferate, and as a new kind of social ethics enables that proliferation.

This seminar is open to all but participants are asked to book a place in advance. There will be a reception in Room B04 following the seminar. Please contact

Further information about this event is available here.

Seminar: Age Equality in Health and Social Care – Age Discrimination and the Equality Act 2010

4 October 2010

Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King’s College London
October 8th, 13.45 – 16.30

‘The New Politics of Ageing’ seminar series, co-hosted by the Centre for Policy on Ageing and the Social Care Workforce Research Unit, will bring together people from a range of disciplines and sectors to discuss research, policy and practice to empower and support an ageing population.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against someone aged 18 or over because of age when providing services or carrying out public functions. It will not affect products or services for older people where age-based treatment is justified or beneficial. The new law is to be implemented in phases, with legislation in force in financial services and all other services, except for health and social care, in 2012. This seminar will discuss age discrimination in health and social care services; current developments around implementing the prohibition on age discrimination in services and public functions; and the advantages and disadvantages of creating exceptions within the legislation for specific uses of age and by whom, for example, providing specialist mental health services for older people.

The seminar takes place at the Centre for Policy on Ageing, 19-23 Ironmonger Row, London EC1V 3QP

Reservations Email
Telephone enquiries Angela Clark 020 7553 6500
Fee £20.00, concessions £10.00 students/unwaged (limited number of concessionary places available)

Further information about this event is available here.