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Subject Areas: Ethics and the Community
Doris holds degrees in economics/management and philosophy/politics and specialises in questions of ethics & international justice. She is research active within the area of health and international justice and is a member of the Centre for Professional Ethics.
Prof. Doris Schroeder was educated in Germany and the United Kingdom at postgraduate level in business/economics and philosophy/politics. After a career in management for Warner Music, she worked at Lancaster University before joining UCLan's Centre for Professional Ethics in 2003. In 2004, she was made Director of the Centre, and awarded a professorship in 2006. A second professorship followed in 2007 from the University of Melbourne.
UCLan has been her main employer since 2003, but she also held/holds professorial appointments at the University of Melbourne (2007-12), the University of Oslo (2010-11), Charles Sturt University (Canberra) (2012-17) and UCLan Cyprus (since 2012).
Prof. Schroeder has been awarded a range of competitive funding (e.g. European Commission) and merit awards (e.g. Queen's College Melbourne). As a result of her publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals, she has been invited to present her research in China, India, Canada, the US, South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Japan, Greece, Belgium, Holland, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Ireland.
Doris had an article published in The Conversation in August 2017 about how dignity is one of the most controversial concepts of the 20th and 21st centuries. The article is entitled ‘How to define dignity and its place in human rights – a philosopher’s view’
Doris also had an article published in The Conversation in December 2017 about international research ethics committees that make a major difference to the protection of research participants. The article is entitled ‘Ethics dumping’ – the dark side of international research’.
BA/MA, 1986, FH Aachen, Germany, Betriebswirtschaft (Business/Economics)
BA/MA , 1994, RWTH Aachen, Germany, Philosophy/English/Politics
PhD, 1998, University of Birmingham, Philosophy
Schroeder, D. and Lucas, J. (2013) Benefit Sharing – From Biodiversity to Human Genetics. Springer. Edited book. 234.
Schroeder, D. (2012) Human Rights and Human Dignity - An Appeal to Separate the Conjoined Twins. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 15(3). 323-35.
Schroeder, D. and Gefenas, E. (2012) Realising Benefit Sharing – The Case of Post-Study Obligations. Bioethics. 26(6). 305-14.
Schroeder, D. and Singer, P. (2011) Access to Life-Saving Medicines and Intellectual Property Rights – An Ethical Assessment. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 20(2). 279-89.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie
Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (SD2)
Founding member of Academics Stand Against Poverty
Kollegium der Europäischen Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen, Germany
Member of the British Philosophical Association
Research interests are in global justice, benefit sharing, responsible research and innovation, human rights in medicine, access to medicines for the poor, and dignity.
PhD Supervision, benefit sharing, health & human rights, health & applied ethics, responsible research and innovation.
GEST (2011 2014) Global Ethics in Science and Technology, funded by the European Commission under FP7
Green Light Programme, Protimos
Developing Ethical Governance Systems for Benefit Sharing Trusts (2009-2010), Wellcome Trust; Principal Investigator
GenBenefit (2006-2010), Genomics and Benefit
Sharing with Developing Countries - From Biodiversity to Human Genomics, funded by the European Commission under Framework VI, Co-ordination Team
CLINT (2007-2009), Facilitating International Prospective Clinical Trials in Stem Cell Transplantation, funded by the European Commission.
Prior Informed Consent and Benefit Sharing (2006-2008), Wellcome Trust, Principal Investigator
BeSha (2004-2005), Benefit Sharing with Developing Countries, funded by the European Commission under Framework VI, Co-ordinator
Since 2012 Expert Reviewer, European Research Council
Since 2011 Ethics & Society Interview Panel, Wellcome Trust
Since 2007 External Assessor for the National Research Foundation South Africa
Since 2003 Expert Evaluator for European Commission, Science in Society
Since 2003 Ethics Reviewer for European Commission, including ERC
Since 2003 Chair of Ethics Review Panels for European Commission
2011, 2012 Member Expert Panel, WHO Project, Grand Challenges in Genomics for Public Health in Developing Countries (Grand Challenges project).
2011 – 2012 Scientific Review Committee, EDCTP, "Support for the establishment and the strengthening of African National Ethics Committees or Institutional Review Boards", the Hague, Netherlands
2011 Member of Expert Consultation "Responsible Innovation", European Commission
2010 – 2011 European Commission Expert Group on "Ethical and Regulatory Challenges to Science and Research Policy at the Global Level"
2004 – 2010 Member of Food Ethics Council, UK
2010 – 2011 Chair "Ethics Review and Food-related Research", European Commission
2010 – 2011 Medical Humanities Funding Committee Member Wellcome Trust
2008 – 2010 International Governing Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the programme "Responsible Innovation"
2009 Member of Expert Panel "Ethics in Research and International Collaboration", European Commission
Since 2005 External Assessor of Research for the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO)
2003 – 2006 External Examiner, MA in Health Care Ethics, Leeds University
2001 – 2003 Ethics Advisor for "Functional Foods Project", European Academy, Germany
2012 – 2017, Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia
2009 - 2012, Adjunct Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia
2009 - 2011, Visiting Fellow, CAPPE, Australian National University, Canberra