Dr Michael Dunn
NEW BOOK - MEDICAL ETHICS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION
New Book - Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives
BA, MA (Cantab.), PhD, PGDipLaTHE, SFHEA
Departmental Lecturer in Health and Social Care Ethics
- Director of Undergraduate Medical Ethics and Law Education, Clinical School
- Director of the Ethox Centre Graduate Training Programme, NDPH
- Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and the Humanities, University of Oxford
Mikey works on ethics in health care, social care and research. His research interests focus predominantly on various ethical aspects of community-based and long-term care practice, policy and law - in the UK and internationally. He is actively collaborating with academic colleagues in the UK, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China to pursue a broad range of research studies in this topic area.
The majority of his research time is currently spent on two projects:
- Judging Values and Participation in Mental Capacity Law (with C. Kong, J. Coggon, and P. Cooper; supported by the AHRC)
- Roles, Responsibilities and the Future of Care for Older Adults (with A. Gallagher; supported by the Wellcome Trust)
In his research, Mikey draws upon - and seeks to integrate - philosophical, social scientific and legal methods of analysis. Connected to this approach, Mikey also has a strong interest in examining questions about:
- the nature of bioethics
- the value of empirical ethics research, and
- novel methodological strategies for answering bioethical research questions.
Mikey has authored more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His most recent book, co-authored with Tony Hope, forms part of Oxford University Press' popular 'Very Short Introductions' series: Medical Ethics: A very short introduction. Another book, co-edited for Cambridge University Press with Jon Ives and Alan Cribb, has also been recently published: Empirical Bioethics: Practical and theoretical perspectives.
His research and practice development activities have been funded through grants awarded by the AHRC, the Ethox Foundation, the Lien Foundation, the Brocher Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the Burdett Trust, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Nuffield Oxford Hospitals Fund, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Japanese Global Centres of Excellence Programme and the National University of Singapore.
Mikey plays a major role in Ethox's teaching activities. As Director of Undergraduate Medical Ethics and Law Education, he is responsible for leading and managing the delivery of the medical ethics and law curriculum to the clinical students within the University of Oxford’s Medical School. As Director of the Ethox Centre Graduate Research Training Programme, he is working to foster the development of bioethics teaching and research skills amongst Ethox's cohort of DPhil students and junior post-doctoral researchers.
Mikey has recently completed, with Distinction, the University of Oxford's Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. He now mentors junior colleagues undertaking this professional qualification and was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy in 2015.
In 2018, he was one of 15 academics shortlisted in the "Outstanding Graduate Supervisor" category in Oxford University's Annual Teaching Awards.
Other Academic Activities
Mikey sits on a number of advisory committees for research studies and practice development activities, and has acted as a consultant for ethics projects established by the Health Foundation, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS.
He also currently holds the following appointments:
- Associate Editor, Journal of Medical Ethics
- Editorial Board member and Book Reviews Editor, Ethics and Social Welfare
- Member, National Social Care Research Ethics Committee, NRES
- Member and Training Officer, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Ethics Advisory Group
- Member, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Ethics Advisory Group
- Member, Institute of Medical Ethics Research Committee
- Chair, Exam Board, Part I Preliminary Exam in Medicine (Graduate Entry), University of Oxford
- External Examiner, MBChB Ethics and Law Theme, University of Bristol
- Specialist Advisor on Ethics and Values, Executive Advisory Board, Careport
Mikey has worked at the Ethox Centre since 2009. He was awarded a BA in geography in 2004 (MA, 2007) from the University of Cambridge and he received his PhD in 2009. His doctoral research was undertaken in the Department of Psychiatry, also at Cambridge, and focused on the law, ethics and practice of residential care work for adults with intellectual disabilities. He has previously held visiting positions at the National University of Singapore, the University of Tokyo, the Hastings Center in New York, the VU University Amsterdam, the University of Oslo, the University of Bradford, and at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
ONLINE LECTURES, WEBCASTS AND INTERVIEWS
Research Ethics Regulation. The MI Interview, The Mason Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh, 21st January 2016.
Ethical Challenges of Managing Chronic Diseases. CUHK Centre for Bioethics Launch Conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 9th January 2015.
Teaching and Learning Using Difficult Clinical Cases: An ethics 'toolbox' for clinicians and educators. CUHK Centre for Bioethics First Annual Summer Workshop, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 16th July 2014.