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Dr Michael Dunn


Michael Dunn

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 Associate, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford
  • Visiting Researcher, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore


Mikey is involved in research and teaching in the ethics and law of health care, social care and research. His current research interests focus predominantly on various ethical aspects of community-based and long-term care practice, policy and law - in the UK and internationally.

In his research, Mikey draws upon - and seeks to integrate - philosophical, social scientific and legal methods of analysis. Connected to this, 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

He is the author of more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is currently working with Tony Hope on a 2nd Edition of the popular book, 'Medical Ethics: A very short introduction', for Oxford University Press. Two of his co-edited books have been recently published:


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 all clinical students within the University of Oxford’s Medical School. As Director of the Ethox Centre Graduate Research Training Programme, he is working on the development of a new DPhil programme that will provide comprehensive methodological preparation for doctoral-level research in bioethics. He also currently supervises 3 doctoral students.

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 has recently been appointed as a Senior Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy.

Other Academic Activities

Mikey spends a significant part of his time in his role as a Visiting Researcher at the National University of Singapore's Centre for Biomedical Ethics, where he works on a number of funded education and research projects in health and care ethics with colleagues at NUS and the Hastings Center. The current focus of this group's work is on the ethical and policy dimensions of home- and community-based care work for older adults. Mikey also has active collaborative research projects underway with colleagues at Hong Kong University (HKU) and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

He 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.

Mikey also currently holds the following appointments:


Mikey holds an undergraduate degree in geography and a PhD in psychiatric law and ethics, both from the University of Cambridge. He has previously held visiting positions at the University of Tokyo, the University of Oslo, the Hastings Center in New York, the University of Bradford, and at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

His research and practice development work has been funded through grants awarded by:

  • 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
  • The National University of Singapore
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Recent Publications

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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.