Dr Jonathan Hughes

Title: Senior Lecturer in Ethics
Phone: +44 (0)1782 734078
Email: j.a.hughes@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellor's Building, Room CBC 2.004
Role: Programme Director MA Medical Ethics and Law
Contacting me: Try my office, or email me for an appointment

I obtained a BA in Philosophy from the University of Bristol and a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Manchester. 

My first full academic post was in the Philosophy Department at Keele from 1994-7. I returned in 2001 and became a founding member of the Centre for Professional Ethics, and was its Director between 2005 and 2009. I have been a member of the Law School since 2006.

I have also been a Lecturer in Political Theory and Research Fellow in Philosophy and Politics also at Manchester. Between my BA and PhD I spent a few years outside academia, working in IT.

 

I am currently working the ethics of conscientious objection in healthcare and on ethical issues relating to autism. I have also worked on the ethics of resource allocation in healthcare (especially in relation to palliative care), ethics of risk and the precautionary principle, end of life issues and the ethics of policing and criminal justice. 

Before becoming a bioethicist my research was in political philosophy, especially Marxism. My PhD (later developed into a book) examined the relation between Marx’s theory of history and the environment, and touched on issues including environmental ethics, the theory of needs, and the role of functional explanation in social science, as well as engaging in critical analysis of Marx and Engels' texts from the perspective of Analytical Marxism.

I am happy to supervise postgraduate research students in areas related to my current and recent research interests. See the Teaching tab for current and completed supervision topics.

Links to some of my papers can be found on Academia.edu and PhilPapers

Selected Publications

  • Hughes JA. Conscientious objection, professional duty and compromise: A response to Savulescu and Schuklenk. Bioethics, vol. 32(2), 126-131. link> doi> 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>
  • Hughes JA. Conscientious objection in healthcare: why tribunals might be the answer. J Med Ethics, vol. 43(4), 213-217. link> doi> full text>
  • Hughes JA and Jonas MF. 2015. Time and Crime: Which Cold-Case Investigations Should Be Reheated?. Criminal Justice Ethics, vol. 34(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Hughes JA. 2012. Theory of professional standards and ethical policing. In Policing Professional Standards: Professional and ethical policing. MacVean A and Spindler P (Eds.). Routledge. link>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Hughes J. 2011. Ecology and Historical Materialism (Chinese translation). Cambridge University Press & Jiangsu People's Publishing House.
  • 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. 2000. Ecology and historical materialism. Cambridge Univ Pr.

Journal Articles

  • Hughes JA. Conscientious objection, professional duty and compromise: A response to Savulescu and Schuklenk. Bioethics, vol. 32(2), 126-131. link> doi> full text>
  • Hughes JA. Conscientious objection in healthcare: why tribunals might be the answer. J Med Ethics, vol. 43(4), 213-217. link> doi> full text>
  • Hughes JA and Jonas MF. 2015. Time and Crime: Which Cold-Case Investigations Should Be Reheated?. Criminal Justice Ethics, vol. 34(1). link> doi> full text>
  • HUGHES JA and Walker T. 2009. The rule of rescue in clinical practice. Clinical Ethics, vol. 4, 50-54. doi>
  • Hughes J. 2007. Justice and third party risk: the ethics of xenotransplantation. Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 24(2), 151-168. doi>
  • Hughes JA. 2007. Justice and third party risk: the ethics of xenotransplantation. Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 24(2), 151-168. doi>
  • Hughes J. 2006. How not to criticise the precautionary principle. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, vol. 31(5), 447-464. doi>
  • Hughes J. 2005. Palliative care and the QALY problem. Health Care Analysis, vol. 13(4), 289-302. doi>
  • Hughes J. 2001. Analytical Marxism and Ecology: A Reply to Burkett. Historical Materialism, vol. 9, 153-167.
  • Hughes J. 2002. Hazard Identification of Agricultural Biotechnology by Ad van Dommelen. New Genetics and Society, vol. 20(2), 193-194.
  • Hughes J. 2002. Transplantation Ethics by Robert M. Veatch. Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 28(5), 330-331.
  • Hughes J. 2001. A revolutionary ecology. Imprints, vol. 5(2), 161-172.
  • Hughes J and De Wijze S. 2001. Moral Contractualism Comes of Age. Res Publica, vol. 7, 187-194. doi>
  • Hughes J. 2000. Consequentialism and the slippery slope. Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 17(2), 213-219. doi>
  • Hughes J. 1998. Xenografting: ethical issues. Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 24(1), 18-24.
  • Hughes J. 1996. Charity towards animals. Philosophy Today, vol. 23, 1-3.
  • Hughes J. 1995. Development of the productive forces: an ecological analysis. Studies in Marxism, vol. 2, 179-198.

Chapters

  • 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>
  • Hughes JA. 2012. Theory of professional standards and ethical policing. In Policing Professional Standards: Professional and ethical policing. MacVean A and Spindler P (Eds.). Routledge. link>
  • Hughes J. 2007. The ethics of xenotransplantation. In Principles of Health Care Ethics. Ashcroft RE, Dawson A, Draper H, McMillan J (Eds.). Wiley.
  • Hughes J. 2000. Development of the productive forces: an ecological analysis. In Marxism, the Millennium and Beyond. Cowling M and Reynolds P (Eds.). Palgrave MacMillan.

Other

  • Whittaker P, Burke J, Dempsey M, Flanagan P, Hannon P, Hughes J, Hull R, McGleenan T, McLoughlin T, O'Brien N, O'Gara F, O'Mahony P, O'Sullivan S, Strain S. 2005. Genetically Modified Crops and Food: Threat or Opportunity for Ireland?. link>

Postgraduate and undergraduate teaching

My current teaching is concentrated on the MA Medical Ethics and Law (which I also direct) and the MA Medical Ethics and Palliative Care. I also teach part of the healthcare ethics and law module for MMedSci.

I have previously taught a wide range of undergraduate philosophy and political theory, and masters programmes in the Ethics of Social Welfare, Ethics of Policing and Criminal Justice, and Ethics of Medical Research and Biotechnolgy.

Training for ethics committee members and practitioners

I have developed and delivered numerous training sessions and programmes for members of research ethics committees and practitioners in a wide range of professional areas. These have been delivered in locations across the UK and include the following:

  • Research Ethics Committee training for NHS RECs
  • Research Ethics Committee training for University RECs
  • Ethics and Resource Allocation training for Health Care Trusts
  • Prison Research Ethics training for prison psychologists
  • Police Ethics training.

Doctoral supervision

I am an Approved Supervisor for doctoral students and Mentor for Associate Supevisors. Topics I am currently supervising include:

  • Health care resource allocation and social value
  • Nurses’ end of life decision-making for patients with dementia

Completed supervision topics include:

  • Research in developing countries
  • Particularism and medical ethics
  • Responsibilities of western countries in relation to HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Global public health
  • The National Care Record Service: An ethically acceptable system?
  • Ethics of neonatal clinical trials

I convened a Workshop on Ethical Policing, funded by the British Academy, which brought together academics, senior policie officers, regulators and others to discuss ethical issues in policing. Materials from the workshop are archived here

The European Textbook on Ethics in Research was a project funded (€145,000) by the European Commission under a contract awarded by competitive tender. I wrote the bid, and was fund-holder, editor, and co-author with Stephen Wilkinson, David Hunter, Anthony Wrigley and Mark Sheehan. The textbook is for use in the training of researchers and members of research ethics committees throughout Europe.

As a member of the Working Group on Genetically Modified Crops for the Irish Council on Bioethics from 2002-2005, I contributed to the report, Genetically Modified Crops and Food: Threat or Opportunity for Ireland?

I have been a peer reviewer for the following publishers and journals: Routledge, Oxford University Press, Manchester University Press, Springer, Sage Books, Bloomsbury, Wiley Blackwell, BioethicsCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Clinical Ethics, Ecological Economics,  Environmental Politics, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Ethics and Social Welfare, Journal of Global Ethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, Political Studies, and Studies in Marxism I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Law and Ethics.

I have been external examiner for the MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King's College London, and for PhDs at Hull-York Medical School and the University of Melbourne.