Dr Michael Dunn

Dr Michael Dunn

New Book - Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

New Book - Empirical Bioethics: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives
Bioethics has long been accepted as an interdisciplinary field. The recent 'empirical turn' in bioethics is, however, creating challenges that move beyond those of simple interdisciplinary collaboration, as researchers grapple with the methodological, empirical and meta-ethical challenges of combining the normative and the empirical, as well as navigating the difficulties that can arise from attempts to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. Empirical Bioethics: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives brings together contributions from leading experts in the field which speak to these challenges, providing insight into how they can be understood and suggestions for how they might be overcome. Combining discussions of meta-ethical challenges, examples of different methodologies for integrating empirical and normative research, and reflection on the challenges of conducting and publishing such work, this book will both introduce the novice to the field and challenge the expert.

NEW BOOK - Medical Ethics, Law and Communication At a Glance

NEW BOOK - Medical Ethics, Law and Communication At a Glance
Medical Ethics, Law and Communication at a Glance presents a succinct overview of these key areas of the medical curriculum. This new title aims to provide a concise summary of the three core, interlinked topics essential to resolving ethical dilemmas in medicine and avoiding medico-legal action. Divided into two sections; the first examines the ethical and legal principles underpinning each medical topic; while the second focuses on communication skills and the importance of good communication. Medical Ethics, Law and Communication at a Glance offers an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of good medical practice, and will provide indispensable support for undergraduate medical students and nurses, as well as newly qualified healthcare professionals.

Michael Dunn

BA, MA (Cantab.), PhD, PGDipLaTHE, SFHEA

Departmental Lecturer in Health and Social Care Ethics

  • Director of Undergraduate Medical Ethics and Law Education, Clinical School
  • Director of the Ethox Centre Graduate Training Programme, NDPH
  • Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and the Humanities, University of Oxford
  • Visiting Researcher, Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore


Mikey works on ethics in health care, social care and research. His current research interests focus predominantly on various ethical aspects of community-based and long-term care practice, policy and law - in the UK and internationally.

In his research, Mikey draws upon - and seeks to integrate - philosophical, social scientific and legal methods of analysis. Connected to this approach, Mikey also has a strong interest in examining questions about:

  • the nature of bioethics, 
  • the value of empirical ethics research, and
  • novel methodological strategies for answering bioethical research questions

He is the author of more than 50 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and he is currently working with Tony Hope on a 2nd Edition of the popular book, 'Medical Ethics: A very short introduction', due to be published by Oxford University Press in Autumn 2018. Two co-edited books have been recently published:


Mikey plays a major role in Ethox's teaching activities. As Director of Undergraduate Medical Ethics and Law Education, he is responsible for leading and managing the delivery of the medical ethics and law curriculum to the clinical students within the University of Oxford’s Medical School. As Director of the Ethox Centre Graduate Research Training Programme, he is working to foster the development of bioethics teaching and research skills amongst Ethox's cohort of DPhil students and new post-doctoral researchers.

Mikey has recently completed, with Distinction, the University of Oxford's Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. He now mentors junior colleagues undertaking this professional qualification and  was appointed as a Senior Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy in 2015.

Other Academic Activities

Mikey spends a significant part of his time in his role as a Visiting Researcher at the National University of Singapore's Centre for Biomedical Ethics, where he works on a number of funded education and research projects in healthcare ethics with colleagues at NUS and the Hastings Center in New York. The current focus of this group's work is on the ethical and policy dimensions of home- and community-based care for older adults. Mikey also has active collaborative research projects underway with colleagues at Hong Kong University (HKU) and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

He sits on a number of advisory committees for research studies and practice development activities, and has acted as a consultant for ethics projects established by the Health Foundation, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS.

Mikey also currently holds the following appointments:


Mikey was awarded an MA in geography in 2004 from the University of Cambridge and he received his PhD in 2009. His doctoral research was undertaken in the Department of Psychiatry, also at Cambridge, and focused on the law, ethics and practice of residential care work for adults with intellectual disabilities. He has previously held visiting positions at the University of Tokyo, the University of Oslo, the Hastings Center in New York, the University of Bradford, and at Green Templeton College, Oxford.

His research and practice development work has been funded through grants awarded by:

  • The Ethox Foundation
  • The Lien Foundation
  • The Brocher Foundation
  • The Wellcome Trust
  • The Burdett Trust
  • The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • The Nuffield Oxford Hospitals Fund
  • The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
  • The Japanese Global Centres of Excellence Programme
  • The National University of Singapore

Recent publications

More publications


Research Ethics Regulation. The MI Interview, The Mason Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh, 21st January 2016.


Ethical Challenges of Managing Chronic Diseases. CUHK Centre for Bioethics Launch Conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 9th January 2015.


Teaching and Learning Using Difficult Clinical Cases: An ethics 'toolbox' for clinicians and educators. CUHK Centre for Bioethics First Annual Summer Workshop, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 16th July 2014.