Doris was educated in Germany and the UK at postgraduate level in business / economics and philosophy / politics. Her first career was in management, as a budget planner for Time Warner. She has given invited presentations on all continents and in 28 countries. Previous employers include the University of Melbourne (Professorial Fellow), the University of Oslo and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Doris has a research-only post, which includes doctoral supervision. She has led a considerable number of competitive funding projects, including from the European Commission and the Wellcome Trust. Doris is the leading academic on 'ethics dumping', the export of unethical research practices from high to lower income regions. Her co-edited ethics dumping case studies (Springer, 2018) have been downloaded over 100,000 times. She is also the Lead Author of the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings, which is being used in at least 40 countries.
Doris worked 17 years on a voluntary basis for amnesty international. Her current research direction started after her PhD when she worked at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 2000. Since then, her main research interests are focused on global justice, including benefit sharing and global research ethics. She has acted as a peer-reviewer for over 30 journals and publishers and currently has six editorial roles (e.g. with the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics and Research Ethics). She has been acting as an expert for the European Commission since 2004, including as a high-level expert directly reporting to the Director General for Research and Innovation. Other consultancy roles include regular assessor for the National Research Foundation South Africa, International Governing Board Member of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and Medical Humanities Committee Member Wellcome Trust .
- PhD in Philosophy, University of Birmingham, 1998
- MA and BA Philosophy, Political Science, English Literature, Rheinisch-Westfälisch Technische Hochschule (RWTH), Aachen - Germany, 1994
- (MA and BA) Betriebswirtschaft, Focus Volkswirtschaft (Business / Economics), Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft, Aachen - Germany, 1986
- Sugden Fellow, Queen’s College, Melbourne 2009
- European Academy for Technology Assessment Visiting Professor Award, Ahrweiler, Germany 2009
- Global Research Ethics
- Benefit Sharing
- Global Justice
- Values frameworks
- Global Advisory Board Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie
- Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (SD2)
- Founding member of Academics Stand Against Poverty
- Member of the British Philosophical Association