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Dr Patricia Kingori

Patricia Kingori


Ethics Fellow

  • The Ethox Centre
  • MSc in Global Health Science module 13 lead: International Research Ethics


Research Interests

Patricia Kingori, PhD is a University Research Lecturer and is a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Society and Ethics Fellow. Patricia is based at the Ethox Centre and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford where she conducts social science research. Patricia’s primary expertise is in Sociology and her current research interests intersect the Sociology of Science and Medicine, and a critical examination of ethics in practice.  This work has been supported through a range of funders, including the MRC, the Research Council UK’s Grand Challenges Research Fund and the Wellcome.

Current research

Patricia’s particular interests lie in the frontline practitioners of biomedical research, the politics of health and the everyday meaning of research and ethical guidelines in practice.  Her work has focused on the views, values and experiences of fieldworkers and other frontline research staff involved in collecting data and interacting with research participants. This research has taken place in various African locations but has recently extended its focus to South East Asia.  More recently, Patricia’s ongoing research on frontline experiences of ethical issues in real-world conditions has extended to examinations of the experiences of:

WASH staff in Ebola treatment units in West Africa

A&E Healthcare professionals in contexts of austerity in Greece and the UK

-  First responders in humanitarian crisis and global health emergencies    

Teaching and Supervision

Patricia is joint module lead on the International Research Ethics, MSc in Global Health, NDPH, University of Oxford.  She also acts as DPhil supervisor for Dr Ruchi Baxi and Halina Suwalowska.

Other Responsibilities/Activities

Patricia is part of the Global Health Bioethics Network, a collaborative partnership between the Wellcome African and Asia Programmes in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand-Laos, and Vietnam, and the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford. The Network is funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award (096527).  Patricia is tasked with leading the qualitative research support as part of the Network’s capacity building activities to enable early-career researchers in low-income countries to conduct locally relevant research projects with local and international mentorship.

Patricia is a member of the University of Oxford’s Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC).  This committee has overall responsibility for the development of the University’s ethical review process. Beyond Oxford, Patricia is also a member of Save the Children (UK) Quality Assurance and Ethics committee and she is also a member of the Bioethics Committee of the White House Global Initiative to Accelerate Fight Against Cancer in Africa.

Patricia is a member of the Wellcome Society & Ethics Expert Review Group, the Society & Ethics Early Career Interview Committee and occasionally sits on the Wellcome Humanities and Social Sciences Seed Award Committee and its International Public Engagement Committee.

Awards and recognition

Patricia has been awarded a Merit Award by the University of Oxford in recognition of the standards of academic excellence in her role, as well as consistently exceeding the performance expected of a member of staff of her grade and responsibilities. In 2015, Patricia was awarded a place on the prestigious Powerlist in recognition of her position as among <1% of Black British female academics employed by an Oxbridge institution.


Patricia has published widely on the subject of fieldworkers and frontline healthcare staff in Social Science and Medicine, Current Sociology, Social Studies of Science and Anthropology and Medicine. She has also published on scientists’ views and experiences of being involved in global health research collaborations and is Editor-in-Chief, with Professor Michael Parker, of the newly revised journal of Global Bioethics.

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