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Rose is a DPhil student supervised by Professor Ilina Singh (Department of Psychiatry) and Professor Mike Parker (Ethox).

She is part of Mothers: Early Intervention Ethics (MO:EIE), a research project which focuses on the social, political and ethical dimensions of early intervention in maternal health and child development. A primary aim is to critically examine the concept of the ‘good’ from multiple perspectives. Using a theoretical framework based on virtue ethics and care ethics, the study examines the normative assumptions both implicit and explicit within the project of early intervention. In particular, she examines how scientific evidence from epigenetics and neuroscience is used to make a moral case for early intervention. 

Rose’s project takes as its ‘case study’ Mother and Baby Units in UK Women’s Prisons. She employs both empirical research (predominantly small scale ethnographic methods) and ethical analysis in order to engage with the views of a number of stakeholders, including offenders, prison staff, and policy makers. Rose’s research seeks to understand how early intervention is enacted, valued and perceived within a prison setting, and how an ideal of ‘good’ motherhood emerges out of this context. She is primarily interested in the key ethical concepts of hope, care and justice.

Links to more info:

  • Our research team website is which also includes our blog which I've contributed to a number of times
  • Our twitter accounts are: @NEUROSEC_Ox and @BeGOOD_EIE
  • Ilina's profile on the psychiatry website (which includes more about umbrella project):