Professor Richard Ashcroft, MA (Cantab) PhD (Cantab) FHEA, FSB
Professor of Bioethics
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3940Room Number: Mile End
Professor Richard Ashcroft teaches medical law and ethics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London.
Previously he was Professor of Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and before that he worked at Imperial College London, Bristol University and Liverpool University.
Professor Ashcroft is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health, funded by the Wellcome Trust, with partners at Kings College London and the London School of Economics. He is also working on the role of human rights theory, law and practice in bioethics policy, and on ethical challenges in public health. He has a longstanding interest in biomedical research ethics. Read about the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health [PDF 19KB].
Professor Ashcroft won a share of a £850,000 Wellcome Trust Strategic Award in Biomedical Ethics. Read about the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health [PDF 19KB] or visit www.kcl.ac.uk
He trained in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, completing a PhD thesis on ethics in scientific research, and subsequently was a Research Fellow in Philosophy at Liverpool University, Lecturer in Ethics in Medicine at Bristol University, and Lecturer (eventually Reader and Head of the Ethics Unit) at Imperial College London. Before joining the School of Law, he was Professor of Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 2005 he held an Australian Bicentennial Fellowship, visiting the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, Bristol University and a fellow of the ETHOX Centre, Oxford University.
He is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of other journals, including Bioethics, Developing World Bioethics, Biosocieties, Health Care Analysis and Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. He is a member of the Ethics and Policy Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council, Director of the Appointing Authority for Phase I Ethics Committees and a member of the Royal College of Physicians working party on tobacco.
- LAW6029 Law and Medical Ethics
School of Law
- QLLM077 Medical Jurisprudence
- QLLM078 Mental Health Law
School of Medicine and Dentistry
Examples of research funding:
Publications since 2010
- Ashcroft RE. The Troubled Relationship between Bioethics and Human Rights. Law and Bioethics: Current Legal Issues vol. 11, Oxford University Press (Oxford) 2008
- Priebe S, Sinclair J, Burton A, Marougka S, Larsen J, Firn M, Ashcroft RE. Acceptability of offering financial incentives to achieve medication adherence in patients with severe mental illness: A focus group study. Journal of Medical Ethics 2010; 36: 463-468
- Ashcroft RE. Could human rights supersede bioethics? Human Rights Law Review 2010; 10: 639-660
- Bogic M et al. Experience of human rights violations and subsequent mental disorders: A study following the war in the Balkans Social Science and Medicine 2010; 71: 2170-7
- Ashcroft RE. Personal financial incentives in health promotion: Where do they fit in an ethic of autonomy? Health Expectations 2011; 14:191-200
- Parke H, Ashcroft RE, Brown R, Marteau TM, Seale C. Financial incentives to encourage healthy behaviour: An analysis of UK media coverage Health Expectations 2011 doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00719.x
- Promberger M, Brown RCH, Ashcroft RE, Marteau TM. Acceptability of financial incentives to improve health outcomes in UK and US samples. Journal of Medical Ethics 2011 doi:10.1136/jme.2010.039347
- Sinclair JMA, Burton A, Ashcroft RE, Priebe S. Clinician and service user perceptions of implementing contingency management: A focus group study. Drug and Alcohol Dependence doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.05.016
- Greenhalgh T, Russell J, Ashcroft RE, Parsons W. Why national e-Health programs need dead philosophers: Wittgensteinian reflections on the reluctance of policymakers to learn from history. Milbank Quarterly 2011; 89: 533-563
- Parke H, Ashcroft RE, Brown R, Marteau TM, Seale C. Financial incentives to encourage healthy behaviour: An analysis of UK media coverage Health Expectations (2011)
Book chapters in scholarly books
- Tutton R, Smart A, Ashcroft RE, Martin P, Ellison GTH. “From self-identity to genotype: The past, present and future of ethnic categories in postgenomic science”. In Whitmarsh I, Jones DS (eds.) What’s the Use of Race? Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2010: ch.6, pp.125-146
- Ashcroft RE, Dixon-Woods M. “The social forms and functions of bioethics in the United Kingdom” in Myser C. (ed.) Bioethics Around the Globe New York: Oxford UP, 2011: ch.5, pp.76-92
- Ashcroft RE. “Smoking, health and ethics” in Dawson A. (ed.) Public Health Ethics: Key Issues in Policy and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011: ch.5, pp.85-99
Editorials, Reviews etc.
- Ashcroft RE. “Futures for Bioethics?” (Editorial introducing special issue on Bioethics Futures) Bioethics 2010; 24(5): ii
- Ashcroft RE. Review of M Häyry, R Chadwick, V Àrnason, G Àrnason (eds.) The Ethics and Governance of Human Genetic Databases for European Law Journal 2010; 16:245-7
- Ashcroft RE. Review of Barnbaum DR The Ethics of Autism in Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice 2011; 15(1):134-136
- Ashcroft RE. Review of Ahmed S The Promise of Happiness in Textual Practice 2011; 25(2): 369-372
Professor Richard Ashcroft is interested in supervising PhDs in public health ethics, and in human rights and biomedicine.
In 2012 he is supervising:
- Adrian Viens
- Tendayi Bloom
- Becky Brown
- Ruth Saunders
- Maria Sheppard
- Member of the Criminal Justice Centre (CJC)
- Member of the Human Rights Collegium
- Member of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC)
- Professor Richard Ashcroft lends his academic expertise to comment on genetic editing for The National
28 December 2018
- Professor Richard Ashcroft discusses the ethical concerns facing the field of genome editing in a podcast for the Galton Institute
28 November 2018
- Professor Richard Ashcroft featured in winter 2015 edition of New Humanist
30 November 2015
- Call for Papers - Special Issue on Rethinking the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
2 November 2015
- Is what's expected of us as citizens psychologically absurd? Professor Richard Ashcroft on BBC Radio 4
7 July 2015
- Professor Richard Ashcroft and Dr Sophie Harman to take part in Life Sciences seminar series
1 October 2014
- Event Podcast: Imagining Global Health with Justice, Lawrence Gostin and Professor Richard Ashcroft
14 May 2014
- Professor Richard Ashcroft presents on 'Bioethics as a Utopian Style of Thought'
7 April 2014
- Professor Richard Ashcroft comments on smoking and mental illness
12 February 2014
- Professor Richard Ashcroft appointed Trustee and Governor of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
8 November 2013