Biography

I graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Leeds in 2001. Having previously taught at Leeds, York and Manchester Universities, I joined Keele University as a Lecturer in Philosophy in 2002, then became Lecturer in Ethics in the Centre for Professional Ethics (PEAK) in 2004, before becoming Senior Lecturer in Ethics in the School of Law in 2012 and finally Professor of Ethics in 2018. I have also held a Research Fellowship for a project on ‘Hope and Death’ as part of the Hope-Optimism Project at Cornell and Notre Dame Universities in the USA (2015-16).

I am an ethicist who works primarily in the field of bioethics. My research engages with issues in law, medicine and society from the perspective of analytic philosophy.  I focus primarily on ethical and policy issues on the margins of life, including new genetic and reproductive technologies, consent for those who have lost capacity, and end-of-life care.  I am also interested in theoretical work on concepts such as harm, vulnerability, personhood, identity, autonomy, hope, and trust.

In recent years, I have worked as an expert ethics advisor for major public policy bodies and government departments, such as the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the National Council for Palliative Care, and Public Health England.

Research and scholarship

My work divides into three main areas, with a wide range of interests within each:

Biomedical Ethics and Research Ethics:

End of life ethics: end of life care; hope and dying; advance directives and proxy consent; standards for palliative and end-of-life care; dying in restricted environments; organ donation.

Genetics and Reproductive ethics: genetics and genome editing technologies; the non-identity problem; harm to future generations; genetics and identity; emerging reproductive technologies; abortion and personhood.

Concepts in bioethics: concepts of disease and illness (including realism and error-theory about mental illness and genetic conditions); personhood; monstrosity; autonomy and moral authority; vulnerability; hope, trust in medicine.

Research Ethics: research involving vulnerable and terminally ill subjects; consent and proxy consent in research; privacy and confidentiality in research.

The nature of bioethics: counterfactual reasoning in practical ethics; expertise in ethics.

Ethics and Policy/Law:

Global/national regulation of emerging reproductive and genetic technologies; ethical appraisals of legislation and policy governing medicine in areas such as advance directives/proxy decision-making; mental health; end of life care.

Metaphysics, philosophical and applied:

Realism and anti-realism debates; personal identity; conceptual analysis.

 

Teaching

Teaching

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Postgraduate Research

Currently Director of Postgraduate Studies (Taught and Research) for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Approved lead PhD supervisor, as well as an approved mentor for associate PhD supervisors and independent chair for viva examinations. Extensive track record of supervising research students to completion and of examining research degrees.

I am able to supervise students on a wide range of topics in my areas of research interest. I particularly welcome proposals relating to foundational issues in bioethics, such as questions surrounding issues of death and dying, genetics and reproductive ethics, harm, personal identity, matters relating to extended decision-making (e.g. the limits of autonomy, advance directives, proxy consent), and the analysis of concepts in bioethics.

Taught Postgraduate (PgDip/MA) 
Currently Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies for the School of Law.

Much of my current teaching is concentrated on the MA in Medical Ethics and Law and the MA in Medical Ethics and Palliative Care. I am able to supervise MA dissertations on both these programmes.

I also teach on the Healthcare Ethics and Law module for the MMedSci and the MA in Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice. I have previously taught on a wide range of Masters Programmes, including the Ethics of Social Welfare, Ethics of Policing and Criminal Justice, and the Ethics of Medical Research and Biotechnology.

Undergraduate

I have taught an extensive range of undergraduate modules in philosophy and applied ethics.

Training for Ethics Committee Members and Practitioners
As Director of the Knowledge Transfer Research Ethics Training Programme (2007-11), I developed and delivered numerous training sessions and programmes for members of research ethics committees and practitioners. These have been delivered in locations across the UK and Eire and include Research Ethics Committee training for NHS RECs and Research Ethics Committee training for University RECs.

Further information

Editorial Work:

  • Editorial Review Board Member for Journal of Medical Law and Ethics
  • Editor (with Nicky Priaulx, Cardiff University) of Ethics, Law and Society series Vol. V, published by Ashgate

Peer Reviewing:

  • Referee for: Mind; The Australasian Journal of Philosophy; Synthese; Theoria; Ethical Theory and Moral Practice; The Journal of Applied Philosophy; The Journal of Medical Ethics; Bioethics; Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy; The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry; Public Health Ethics; British Medical Journal (End-of-Life), Health Care Analysis; Medical Law Review; Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.
  • Reviewing of books for Blackwell, OUP, Polity, and Routledge publishers.
  • Reviewing of grant applications for the Wellcome Trust; ZonMw (Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development); Leverhulme Trust.

External Examining:

University of Bristol

  • External Examiner for the MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law (2012 - 2015)

University of Hull

  • External Examiner for the MA in Applied Ethics (2010 - 2015)
  • External Examiner for the MRes in Philosophy (2013 - 2015)

Dublin City University

  • External Examiner for the MA in Ethics (2018-)
  • External Examiner for the MA in Ethics (Corporate Responsibility) (2018 -)

University of Lancaster

  • External Examiner for the MA in Philosophy (2018-)
  • External Examiner for the MA in Philosophy and Religion (2018-)
  • External Examiner for the MA in Politics, Philosophy and Religion (2018-)
  • External Examiner for the MA in Politics and Philosophy (2018-)
  • External Examiner for the MSc in Politics, Philosophy and Management (2018-)

 

Selected Publications

  • Wrigley AJ. 2019. Hope, Dying and Solidarity. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. doi> full text>
  • Wrigley AJ, Read S, Santatzoglou S. 2018. Last few days of life and bereavement. In Palliative Care Within Mental Health Practice. Cooper DB and Cooper J (Eds.). (24 vols.). Routledge. full text>
  • Lillie K, Corcoran M, Hunt K, Wrigley A, Read S. 2018. Encountering offenders in community palliative care settings: challenges for care provision. Int J Palliat Nurs, vol. 24(8), 368-375. link> doi>
  • Read S, Santatzoglou S, Wrigley AJ (Eds.). 2018. Loss, Dying and Bereavement in the Criminal Justice System. (1st ed.). Routledge.
  • Read S, Santatzoglou S, Wrigley AJ (Eds.). 2018. Loss, Dying and Bereavement in the Criminal Justice System. (1st ed.). Routledge.

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Books

  • Read S, Santatzoglou S, Wrigley AJ (Eds.). 2018. Loss, Dying and Bereavement in the Criminal Justice System. (1st ed.). Routledge.
  • Read S, Santatzoglou S, Wrigley AJ (Eds.). 2018. Loss, Dying and Bereavement in the Criminal Justice System. (1st ed.). Routledge.
  • Hughes J, Hunter D, Sheehan M, Wilkinson SD, Wrigley A. Hughes J (Ed.). 2010. European Textbook on Ethics in Research. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. doi> link>
  • Hughes J, Hunter D, Sheehan M, Wilkinson S, Wrigley AJ. 2010. Syllabus on Ethics in Research. Publications Office of the European Union. doi> link>
  • Wrigley AJ. Priaulx N and Wrigley AJ (Eds.). Ethics, Law and Society, Vol. V: Ethics of Care, Theorising the Ethical, and Body Politics, (Ashgate, 2011. (vol. V). Ashgate.
  • Wrigley AJ. Priaulx N and Wrigley AJ (Eds.). Ethics, Law and Society, Vol. V: Ethics of Care, Theorising the Ethical, and Body Politics, (Ashgate, 2011. (vol. V). Ashgate.

Journal Articles

  • Wrigley AJ. 2019. Hope, Dying and Solidarity. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. doi> full text>
  • Lillie K, Corcoran M, Hunt K, Wrigley A, Read S. 2018. Encountering offenders in community palliative care settings: challenges for care provision. Int J Palliat Nurs, vol. 24(8), 368-375. link> doi>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2017. John K. Davis (ed.) Ethics at the End of Life: New Issues and Arguments. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
  • Santatzoglou S, Lillie AK, Wrigley A, Ashby S, Read S, Moore A. 2017. Law, ethics and end-of-life care: the policy and practice interface in England. Int J Palliat Nurs, vol. 23(5), 213-218. link> doi> full text>
  • Newson AJ and Wrigley A. 2017. Is Mitochondrial Donation Germ-Line Gene Therapy? Classifications and Ethical Implications. Bioethics, vol. 31(1), 55-67. link> doi> full text>
  • Lillie A-K, Corcoran M, Read S, Santatzoglou S, Wrigley A, Hunt K. 2016. Supporting Death, Dying and Bereavement in the English Criminal Justice System: An Exploratory Qualitative Study. JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT, vol. 52(6), E121-E122. link> doi>
  • Wrigley AJ, Newson AJ, Wilkinson S. 2016. Ethical and Legal Issues in Mitochondrial Transfer. EMBO Molecular Medicine. doi> full text>
  • Wrigley AJ and Newson, AJ. Being Human: The Ethics, Law, and Scientific Progress of Genome Editing. AQ - Australian Quarterly, vol. 87(1), 3-8. link> full text>
  • Wrigley A, Wilkinson S, Appleby JB. 2015. Mitochondrial Replacement: Ethics and Identity. Bioethics, vol. 29(9), 631-638. link> doi> full text>
  • Wrigley A. 2015. An Eliminativist Approach to Vulnerability. Bioethics, vol. 29(7), 478-487. link> doi> full text>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2014. Moral Authority and Proxy Decision-Making. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 18(3), 631-647. doi> full text>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2014. An Ethical Defence of the Liverpool Care Pathway. The Nursing Times, vol. 110(40), 20-21. full text>
  • Priaulx N, Weinel M, Wrigley A. 2016. Rethinking Moral Expertise. Health Care Anal, vol. 24(4), 393-406. link> doi> full text>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2014. Ethics and End of Life Care: the Liverpool Care Pathway and the Neuberger Review. Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 41(8), 639-643. doi> full text>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2013. “Berit Brogaard’s Transient Truths: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Propositions”. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 92(1). doi> full text>
  • Wrigley A. 2013. Limitations on personhood arguments for abortion and ‘after-birth abortion’. Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 39. doi> full text>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2012. Harm To Future Persons: Non-Identity Problems and Counterpart Solutions. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, vol. 15(2), 175-190. doi> full text>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2011. The Problem of Counterfactuals in Substituted Judgement Decision-Making. The Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 28(2), 169-187. doi>
  • WRIGLEY AJ and Dawson A. 2010. A Dead Proposal: Levi and Green on Advance Directives. The American Journal of Bioethics, vol. 10(4), 23-24. doi>
  • WRIGLEY AJ and Garrard E. 2009. Hope and terminal illness: false hope versus absolute hope. Clinical Ethics, vol. 4(1), 38-43. doi>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2009. Review of Lynne Rudder Baker’s The Metaphysics of Everyday Life. Analysis, vol. 69, 370-372.
  • WRIGLEY AJ. 2009. Review of the metaphysics of everyday life by Lynne Rudder Baker. Analysis, vol. 69(2), 370-372.
  • Wrigley A. 2007. Personal Identity, Autonomy and Advance Statements. Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 24(4), 381-396. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2007. Proxy consent: moral authority misconceived. Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 33(9), 527-531. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2007. Realism and Anti-Realism about Mental Illness. Philosophical Papers, vol. 36(3), 371-397. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2007. Review of Intensionality. The History and Philosoph of Logic, vol. 28(2), 176-178. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2006. Genetic Selection and Modal Harms. The Monist, vol. 89(4), 505-525. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2006. Abstracting Propositions. Synthese, vol. 151(2), 157-176. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2006. Review of Why there is Something rather than Nothing by Bede Rundle. Philosophical Books, vol. 47(1), 78-79. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2005. Review of The Cambridge Companion to Bertrand Russell. N. Griffin Ed. 2005. British Journal for the History of Philosophy, vol. 13(1), 193-196. doi>
  • Wrigley A. 2004. Review of 'Ontology' by Dale Jacquette. Philosophical Books, vol. 45(1), 56-58.
  • Wrigley A. 2015. Ethics and end of life care: the Liverpool Care Pathway and the Neuberger Review. J Med Ethics, vol. 41(8), 639-643. link> doi>
  • Wrigley AJ. Limitations on personhood arguments for abortion and ‘after-birth abortion’. Journal of Medical Ethics. full text>

Chapters

  • Wrigley AJ, Read S, Santatzoglou S. 2018. Last few days of life and bereavement. In Palliative Care Within Mental Health Practice. Cooper DB and Cooper J (Eds.). (24 vols.). Routledge. full text>
  • Wrigley A, Hughes JA, Leighton N. 2017. Informing patients, consent, governance, and good clinical practice. In Introduction to Research Methodology for Specialists and Trainees. O'Brien S and Broughton-Pipkin F (Eds.). (25 vols.). New York: Cambridge University Press. link>
  • Wrigley AJ and Dawson, A. 2016. “Vulnerability and Marginalised Populations”. In Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe. (vol. 3). Springer. doi> link> full text>
  • Wrigley AJ and Priaulx N. 2013. Introduction. In Ethics, Law and Society, Vol. V. (vol. V). Ashgate.
  • Wrigley AJ. Body Politics. In Ethics, Law and Society, Vol. V. Priaulx, N and Wrigley A (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • Wrigley AJ. Body Politics. In Ethics, Law and Society, Vol. V. Priaulx, N and Wrigley A (Eds.). Ashgate.
  • Wrigley AJ. Death, dying and maintaining hope: ethical tensions and responsibilities for end of life care in the prison setting. In Loss, Dying and Bereavement in the Criminal Justice System. Routledge. full text>
  • Wrigley AJ. Privacy and Confidentiality. In European Textbook on Ethics in Research. Publications Office of the European Union. doi>
  • Wrigley AJ. Vulnerable and Non-Competent Subjects. In European Textbook on Ethics in Research. Publications Office of the European Union. doi>

Other

  • Wrigley AJ. 2018. Diesel monkey tests: can harmful corporate research ever be justified?. link>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2016. Marieke Vervoort – and how the right to euthanasia can help some people to live better. link> full text>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2015. Experimentations sur l’homme – le bon, le-mauvais, et l’horrible. link>
  • Wrigley AJ. 2015. Human Experiments - the good, the bad, and the ugly. link>
  • Wrigley AJ and Newson AJ. 2015. Genome editing poses ethical problems that we cannot ignore. link>
  • Wrigley AJ, Ravitsky V, Appleby J, Wilkinson S, Bredenoord A. The ethics of mitochondrial replacement.
  • Wrigley AJ and Newson AJ. Identifying key developments, issues and questions relating to techniques of genome editing with engineered nucleases.