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Julie Cook

Research Fellow
School of Nursing

Julie specialises in gender justice issues in health, women’s health and wellbeing, and research ethics, and provides support to a range of grant-funded projects. She is research active internationally within health and international justice, collaborating on a number of ventures with high global impact, including the Global Code of Conduct on Research in Resource-poor Settings. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Deputy Vice Chair of UCLan’s Health Ethics Panel.

Julie is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, leading the Faculty Academic Research Support Team. Her main role is research-based, but she also teaches research ethics, based in her own research and practice. This draws on 15 years of largely European Commission-funded research projects in international justice and ethics in health-related issues. She has published in research ethics, women's health, and (eco)feminist philosophy. Her main methodological interests are in conceptual analysis and qualitative research. Her research forms part of the contemporary movement against Ethics Dumping (off-shoring of unethical research practices) and exploitation of vulnerable research participants.

Julie has a background in national health promotion in the NHS and national campaigning around women’s health issues in the voluntary sector. She has also worked at local level providing women’s health services, and as a community representative around reproductive health/maternity issues and user representation in NHS service development (see below) . She joined UCLan’s Centre for Professional Ethics in 2005 and has contributed to a range of European Commission-funded projects around international justice and ethics in health and science and technology issues as researcher, editor, and on project and compliance management issues. Since 2014 Julie has been part of UCLan’s Faculty of Health and Wellbeing’s Academic Research Support Team, which provides academic support to researchers across the Faculty, broadening her experience in academic disciplines beyond philosophy, to connect with her original commitments to women's health. She has a developing interest in supporting people from a variety of backgrounds to make the transition to being an academic researcher. Julie developed the original women's health promotion initiatives around the introduction of the national breast and cervical cancer screening programmes at the NHS Health Education Authority in the late 1980s. She then ran award-winning women’s health and environment campaigns around sanitary protection and menstrual health issues, including the successful campaign for warning labels about toxic shock syndrome on tampon packs, for the London-based Women's Environmental Network (WEN) through the early 1990s. She co-founded the UK's first certificated course on ecofeminism at Birkbeck College, University of London in 1994. She worked within the anti-vivisection (Assistant Campaigns Director, BUAV), and pro-choice movements (Information and Communications Officer, SATFA), before carrying out postgraduate research into the tensions between activism and academia, theory and practice, in the Philosophy Department at the University of Lancaster (1995-8). IN the early 2000s she worked as an advocate and counsellor providing voluntary sector women's maternal mental health services (Post-natal Illness, Cumbria). As a community representative and health activist she co-ordinated the Lancaster Home & Natural Birth Support Group for several years, and was a member of the Lancaster & Morecambe Community Health Council, and a user representative on the Morecambe Bay Maternity Services Liaison Committee until 2002.