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Matthew James

Programme Director

Matthew James

About Research

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Matt James is Programme Director for MA Bioethics and Medical Law and the Foundation Degree for Practitioners in Healthcare Ethics, Theology and Care. He is also a resident member of the Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies.

Matt has a background in bioethics and public policy having worked within Westminster and Whitehall for over 10 years. He was previously a parliamentary researcher for a Shadow Minister for International Affairs before working as a senior researcher for several Westminster based think tanks focusing on the ethical and social implications surrounding advances in health and emerging technologies. This has involved him authoring numerous original reports on various health policy issues, writing a variety of thought leader and opinion pieces on the impact of new emerging technologies and responding with written evidence to various parliamentary consultations and inquiries.  Matt has also helped organise and chair a variety of public symposia which have brought together key stakeholders to discuss the impact of new technologies both here in the UK (Houses of Parliament, Royal Society of Medicine and the British Museum among others) and in USA (Washington DC). 

Academic and Professional Qualifications: 

  • MA Academic Practice 2018 (with distinction), St Mary’s University
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) 2018
  • Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) since 2011
  • MA Bioethics and Medical Law (with distinction) 2009, St Mary’s University
  • BA (Hons) Political History and Sociology 2003, Queen’s University Belfast

Academic responsibilities:

  • Module convenor
  • Personal tutor for MA students
  • Personal tutor for FdA students
  • MA dissertation supervisor


  • MA Ethical issues at the beginning of life
  • MA Ethical issues at the end of life
  • MA Research Methods and Dissertations
  • FdA Bioethics I and II
  • FdA Death, Dying, Grief and Bereavement
  • FdA Care II: Person centred care

Internal University Committees:

  • Representative of the Institute of Theology and vice-chair of the University Ethics Sub Committee 2018 -
  • Member of the School of Education Theology and Leadership’s Teaching, Learning, Quality and Enhancement Committee 2017-18


Research profile

Main Areas of Research / Scholarship:

  • E-learning pedagogy
  • Stem cell research
  • Ethical and social implications of new emerging technologies
  • The body in bioethics

External Involvement (Consultancy / Professional Bodies / External Examining):

  • Managing Editor of The New Bioethics: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body2012-
  • Managing Editor of Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics2009-2012
  • Chair of the UK working group, Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education 2015 -

Reviews and Editorials

  • Editorial, The New Bioethics, 22:2, 87-88, DOI: 10.1080/20502877.2016.1194641
  • Book Review - The Genealogy of a Gene. Patents, HIV/AIDS and Race, The New Bioethics, 22:2, 155-157, DOI: 10.1080/20502877.2016.1194661
  • Book Review - Stem Cell Dialogues: A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry into Medical Frontiers, The New Bioethics, 22:1, 82-83, DOI: 10.1080/20502877.2016.1162493
  • Book Review - Adventures in Human Being, The New Bioethics, 22:3, 255-256, DOI: 10.1080/20502877.2016.1238577
  • Book Review - The Glass Cage: Who Needs Humans Anyway?, The New Bioethics, 22:3, 253-255, DOI: 10.1080/20502877.2016.1238576
  • Book Review - Synthetic Biology and Morality: Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature, The New Bioethics, 21:2, 180-183, DOI: 10.1080/20502877.2015.1123938
  • Book Review - Truly Human Enhancement: A Philosophical Defense of Limits, The New Bioethics, 21:2, 178-180, DOI: 10.1080/20502877.2015.1123937
  • Editorial, The New Bioethics, 20:2, 2014 107-108, DOI: 10.1179/2050287714Z.00000000045


  • James, M., Stammers, T.G. 2014. “Opt-outs and Upgrades: Ethics and Law”. Cambridge Quarterly Review. 2014 Jul; 23(3): 308-18. doi: 10.1017/S0963180113000911.
  • James, M. “Give your brain a boost: The advent of cognitive enhancing drugs”. International Pharmaceutical Industry Journal. Vol 5, 1, 2013 

Other publications

All publications subject to scrutiny and review by an independent steering group appointed for the duration of each project.

  • James, M., Paxman, J. 2018. Tackling Obesity - What the UK can learn from other countries. London: 2020health.
  • Hunter, R. M., Paxman, J. and James, M. 2017. Chronic fatigue syndrome/Myalgic Encaphomyelitis: Counting the cost. London: The Optimum Health Clinic. 
  • James, M., Manning, J., Paxman, J. 2017. The Fear of Finding Out: Identifying psychological barriers to diagnosis in the UK. London: 2020health.
  • Blacknell, A., James, M., Manning, J., Paxman, J. 2016. Foresight Project Report: A discussion of the potential impact of technology on the UK optical sector to 2030. London: The Optical Confederation & the College of Optometrists.
  • James, M., Kershaw, S., Parkhurst, A. 2015. Fat Chance? Exploring the evidence on how who becomes obese. London: 2020health.
  • Beer, G., James, M. 2014. Careless Eating Costs Lives. London: 2020health
  • Beer, G., James, M. 2014. Growing Older Positively: The challenging of ageing with HIV. London: 2020health.
  • Beer, G., James, M. 2013. Ankylosing Spondylitis: Hard to say, hard to see, time to hear. London: 2020health.
  • Beer, G., James, M. 2013. A Road Map for Recovery. London: Anthony Nolan.
  • Beer, G., James, M. 2013. The Wells Family Challenge: A Pharmacist First Approach. London: 2020health and Sainsbury's.
  • Beer, G., James, M. 2012. The Morning After: A Cross Party Inquiry into Unplanned Pregnancy. London: 2020health.
  • Beer, G., James, M. 2012: Cancer Commissioning: Making the reforms work for patients. London: 2020health.

Conference Presentations / Performances / Radio Broadcasts:

  • Wiki Ethics: Evaluating the effectiveness of wikis in bioethics education and collaborative learning A paper presented at the Cambridge Bioethics Consortium, Paris July 2018
  • To assess or not to assess, that is the question: Exploring what makes effective assessment design A paper presented at the Cambridge Consortium of Bioethics Education Paris July 2017
  • Poster presentation on It’s all in the cards: Exploring the ethics of human enhancement Cambridge Consortium of Bioethics Education Paris July 2016

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