Network Members

Introducing you to our network members:

Rikke Amundsen (University of Cambridge).

My research is on the criminalisation of ‘revenge porn’ under the 2015 Criminal Justice and Courts Act. I am especially concerned with what occurs when specific presentations of the self in the form of images or film change context and I look at this act of passing in relation to ‘revenge porn’ and sexual objectification.

Prof Marie Andree-Jacob (Keele University). Marie practised law and worked as a clerk before becoming an academic. Originally from Quebec city, she moved to the UK and joined Keele University in 2007. She is a native French speaker, and conversational in Hebrew.Matching Organs with Donors: Legality and Kinship in Transplants is her first book, published in 2012 by Penn Press.

Dr. Yves Saint James Aquino (Macquarie University)

headshot (1)I’m a post-graduate researcher in Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. I’m working on the ethical implications of medicalised racial features in Asian cosmetic surgery, with a strong focus on Peter Conrad’s and Ivan Illich’s framework.

Baljit Bains (City University London)

Prof Françoise Baylis (Dalhousie). Françoise is a philosopher whose innovative work in bioethics, at the intersection of policy and practice, has stretched the very boundaries of the field.

Her extensive publication record spans many topics, including research involving children, the role of bioethics consultants, women’s health, human embryo research, and novel genetic technologies. Her work challenges readers to think broadly and deeply about the direction of health, science and biotechnology.

Somia Bibi (University of Warwick). Sociology PhD candidate at the University of Warwick.

Dr Susan Bewley (KCL)

Prof Susan Bordo (University of Kentucky). Susan Bordo is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and holds the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. Bordo is known for the clarity, accessibility, and contemporary relevance of her writing.

Her work has been translated into many languages, and individual chapters, many of which are considered paradigms of lucid writing, are frequently re-printed in collections and writing textbooks.

Dr Shelley Budgeon (University of Birmingham)

Shelley BudgeonShelley is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology who specializes in gender and feminist theory. Her research concentrates on how various forces of social change impact on the constitution of gender relations and processes of gender identification. Contemporary gender equality discourses and their specific manifestation in ‘modernized’ state sanctioned approaches to gender issues provide the focus for her current research.

Dr Rachel Calogero (University of Kent). Much of my work has examined gender as a fundamental organizing framework of human behavior. In particular, how gender roles and identification shape and direct all sorts of meaningful social actions from support for social policies to exercise.

In a particular strand of this research, I examine self-objectification (a particular type of self-perception and self-consciousness that emerges primarily among girls and women in response to the accumulated experiences of sexual objectification and sexism in their day-to-day lives) among girls and women. This research has demonstrated that the impact of self-objectification extends beyond negative body image and poor mental health to function as a psychological device that maintains the gender status quo and disrupts women’s engagement in collective action on their own behalf.

Natalie Clue (Beauty Pulse London)

Natalie Clue Hi ResNatalie graduated with a degree in Human Genetics from one of the leading universities in the world and worked for a time in the leading Cranio-Facial development Department at Kings College London, before she decided to pursue her dream career and work in the beauty industry. Her blog BeautyPulseLondon has garnered a worldwide following. Natalie was recently appointed the Chair of the UCL BME Alunmi Network, has spoken at the Southbank Women of the World Festival, and has been recommended as one of’s New Face For Your Twitter Feed

Dr Clare Chambers (University of Cambridge). I am a University Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and a Fellow of Jesus College, University of Cambridge. My field is contemporary political philosophy. I am particularly interested in contemporary liberalism, including autonomy, equality, multiculturalism and global justice; feminism, including the body, appearance norms and personal relationships; theories of social construction, including those of Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu.

Dr Andrew Edgar (Cardiff University). At Masters level, Dr Edgar teaches courses on medical meta-ethics and the political philosophy of medicine, and a course on Hume. He is also currently chair of the Philosophy and History of Ideas examination boards.

Dr. Ali Ghanem (Surgeon). Congenital deformity not only impedes the physical aspect of development and health but also affects the very meaning of human identity, psychology and quality of life. Plastic surgery brings together knowledge of human anatomy and development along with diversity of skills, precision, technological advances and art. And by addressing developmental errors of the human body, plastic surgery also restores physiological function as well as social and psychological health.

Within the wide spectrum of the rapidly evolving plastic surgery practice and research, I am interested in microsurgery, paediatric reconstructive surgery and stem cell based therapies with potential applications on coetaneous, muscle and nervous conditions.

Dr Danielle Griffiths (University of Manchester). Danielle is a Research Fellow in Interdisciplinary Bioethics and Law within the institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) at the University of Manchester. Her research interests lie mainly around law and regulation of reproductive technologies and the intersection of medical law with criminal law.

Prof Sarah Grogan (Manchester Metropolitan University). I am interested in body image and its impact on health-related behaviours. My sole-authored book Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men Women and Children is now in its second edition.

I am currently involved in various projects linking body image to smoking cessation, sun tanning, and exercise, and recently led work investigating impact of an age-appearance morphing programme on smoking cessation.

Dr Joyce Heckman (University of Cambridge). Investigating and developing new ideas for courses aimed at the postdoctoral community, writing funding bids in order to secure money for researcher development activities, liaising between the postdoctoral office and other divisions within the University of Cambridge.

Cath Joynson (Nuffield Council on Bioethics). Since 2013, Catherine has managed a programme of activities that aims to introduce more flexibility to the Council’s work and to ensure it engages with wide and diverse audiences. Catherine joined the Council in 2005 as its Communications Manager and prior to this was Science Policy Advisor at the Institute of Biology.

Sidrah Khan (University of Birmingham). Research finance assistant.

Chris Khoo (Cosmetic and plastic surgeon). Chris has taken an active part in the development of the specialty of Plastic Surgery in Britain. He was a member of the Council of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (when it was the British Association of Plastic Surgeons), from 1991 and returned for another term until 2010. He was President of the Association in 2005.

He served on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and he was a Trustee of The Healing Foundation, a new national charity established to champion the cause of people living with disfigurement and visible loss of function by funding research into pioneering surgical and psychological healing techniques, and is still an Honorary Member.

Melanie Latham (Manchester Metropolitan University). My research interests have become delineated by ideas around autonomy, rights and gender and are focussed currently upon the regulation of cosmetic surgery and patient autonomy. I see cosmetic surgery as an increasingly popular medical treatment for women that can pose challenges for ideas around culture and agency.

I wish to see governments recognising these challenges and empowering patients.  I am also researching in the fields of body modification, aesthetics, feminist ethics, nanotechnology regulation, and climate change.

Dr Carolyn Mair (University of Arts London). I am a Reader in Psychology at London College of Fashion, as a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. My research interests lie in the application of theories from cognitive psychology, to improve performance and enhance well-being. I have published more than 40 refereed papers.

I am currently developing the MA Psychology in the Fashion Industries and MSc Psychology in the Fashion Industries programmes which will run from September 2014.

Prof Fiona MacCallum (University of Warwick)

Fiona MacCallumFiona MacCallum is an Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Warwick. She is interested in the development of body-image in adolescents, and how this is affected by factors such as self-compassion, celebrity interest, and media manipulation of images. Previous work has considered the pursuit of perfection with reference to infertility treatment and parents’ attitudes towards gamete donors.

Dr Herjeet Marway (University of Birmingham)
herjMy teaching and research relates to global issues in moral and political philosophy. I joined the department as a lecturer in 2014, and was a teaching fellow here in 2013/14. Before that I worked as a consultant in industry. My research interests are mainly in global gender justice, global bioethics, and relational autonomy.

Prof Jean McHale (University of Birmingham). Jean is Professor of Healthcare Law at the University of Birmingham and Director of the Centre for Health Law, Science and Policy. She is interested in the legal regulation of cosmetic procedures at both domestic and EU level and has a special interest in  relation to children and cosmetic surgery.

Annabel Mednick (Artist). After ten years as a professional actor, Annabel concentrated on her painting. She won a commendation at the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Awards, and has exhibited in France and Belgium, as well as at galleries in London, Cambridge, Southwold and Ipswich.  Annabel’s figurative oil paintings usually address themes of light and space, depicting a figure to consider the quiet moments between events.  Her work hangs in many private collections.

Dr Alexandra Mullock (University of Manchester). Alexandra (LLB (Hons), PGCE, LLM, PhD) is a Lecturer in Medical Law who joined the School of Law in 2011 after completing her PhD at Manchester, which was funded by the AHRC project on the Impact of the Criminal Law on Health Care Practice and Ethics. Previously, Alex worked as a sixth form teacher for several years and she also has experience of legal practice in personal injury and family matters.

Prof Therese Murphy (QUB). Thérèse’s work focuses on human rights law and practice. She is particularly interested in questions concerning health and human rights, including both the human right to science and new health technologies and human rights. She is also interested in human rights method. And, together with Professor Noel Whitty from the University of Nottingham, she writes about criminology and human rights, with a particular focus on prisoners’ rights.

Clare Murray

Breana M Musella (University of Cambridge)

I am a current M.Phil student at The University of Cambridge ( Fitzwilliam College) Centre for Gender Studies. Before coming to Cambridge I received a Bachelors of Arts in Gender Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Research interests include feminism, disability and chronic illness studies,  appearance norms, beauty culture, cancer experiences, therapeutic interventions experiences. More specifically, my current M.Phil research titled “Beautiful Cancer” examines the role that beauty standards play in influencing women and womens choices after diagnosis and during chemotherapy.

James Partridge (Changing Faces). James is the Founder and Chief Executive of Changing Faces. The charity has, from the outset, been underpinned and informed by academic evidence and research.  It partnered the University of the West of England, Bristol, in setting up the first Centre for Appearance Research in 1998, which is now a fully-fledged research centre with 28 attached academics. The University recognised James’ contribution to academic research by granting him an Honorary Doctorate of Science in 1999.

Nicola Ramsey ( University of the West of England)

Rakinder Reehal (University of Warwick)

IMG_1951Rakinder is the BeautyDemands project administrator based at the University of Birmingham, and an ESRC funded PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick. Her research examines the intersecional site of ‘racialised’ and gendered bodies that have experienced trauma, in the context of de/post-colonial South Asia (India, Nepal, and Tibet).

Lucy Russell (Central St Martins). Lucy Russell lives and draws in London, having graduated in BA (Hons) Fine Art Printmaking from Winchester School of Art and a Printmaking MA from the Royal College of Art.

Her practice explores the body, visual saturation, narcissism of small differences and the power of unconscious association framed by the consumption of fashion imagery and youth culture observed through, often, obsessive pencil drawings.

Deborah Sandler (Cosmetic Support)

PictureCosmeticsupport is a non-profit, independent emotional support and information site (a patient association) for private elective cosmetic patients. This is necessary for patient safety in an unregulated industry. We do not encourage or discourage. We provide relevant psychotherapy support and independent information. We are members of HEE/NWL, APPG on Body Image among others.

Professor Victor Seidler (Goldsmiths University of London). Victor has published extensively in the areas of social theory, ethics and gender, particularly in relation to men and masculinities. He is also interested in questions of ecology, postmodern identities and the relation of the holocaust to modernity.

Dr Francoise Shenfield (UCL IRIS). Clinical Lecturer, Reproductive Health, Institute for Women’s Health.

Dr Viren Swami (University of Westminster). I graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology from University College London, where I also completed my doctorate on body size ideals across cultures. Subsequently, I took up a post-doctoral position at the University of Liverpool, where I worked on several projects relating to men and masculinities.

In 2007, I joined the University of Westminster, where I am now a Reader in Psychology and where I coordinate Plug In Your Brain [], a series of public engagement talks aimed at informing the public about research in psychology. I am currently also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and an adjunct Reader in Psychology at HELP University College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dr Shirley Tate (University of Leeds). I am particularly interested in exploring the intersections of ‘raced’ and gendered bodies,  ‘race’ performativity, ‘mixed race’ and decoloniality within the Black Atlantic diasporic context.

My first book Black Skins, Black Masks: Hybridity, Dialogism, Performativity was focused on ‘race’ performativity, ‘mixed race’ and on going beyond hybridity theorising.

My second book Black Beauty: Aesthetics, Stylization, Politics looks at beauty within the Black Atlantic diaspora as affect-laden, performative ‘race’ work that continues to impact on identities and communal politics but which is continuously being deconstructed and reshaped through stylization.

Anna Westin (St. Mary’s University Twickenham). Research interests are ethics, environmental sustainability, childcare, charity work, international development, political philosophy, existentialism, international relations, human dignity, personal identity, responsibility, bioethics, medical law, mental health ethics.

Anna is currently involved in bioethical discourse and ethics and has previously co-authored an article on current trends in psychological practices in Newfoundland, Canada in the Canadian psychological journal, Psychopsis.

Jennifer White (University of Southampton). PhD research: ‘Transitions into the Legal Labour Market: Exploring the Experiences of Graduates Entering the Legal Profession in 2015’. Research interests are pay-gap; transitions to work; legal profession; economic downturn; gendered work identities; embodiment; graduate employment; feminist economics; cosmetics industry; cosmetic surgery; carcinogenic beauty practices.

Hugh Whittall (Nuffield Council on Bioethics). Hugh oversees all areas of the Council’s work and contributes to its long-term strategy. Before taking the role of Director in February 2007, he held senior positions at the Department of Health, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the European Commission.

Heather Widdows (University of Birmingham)

Professor Heather WiddowsHeather works on Global Ethics, Bioethics, Virtue Ethics and Feminist Theory. She is particularly interested in the ethical issues which arise in the context of globalization, including those of technological development, war and terrorism, poverty and development as well as bioethical issues; particularly, those of reproductive, research and genetic ethics. Her current focus is on beauty from the perspective of moral philosophy and justice. Her current focus is on beauty from the perspective of moral philosophy and justice.

Prof Stephen Wilkinson (Lancaster University). Stephen’s most recent research is on reproductive ethics and the regulation of reproductive technologies, especially the ethics of selective reproduction (practices that involve choosing between different possible future people).  A book on this topic (Choosing Tomorrow’s Children, Oxford University Press) was published in 2010.

A previous phase of work focussed on the commercial exploitation of the human body and culminated in his first book, Bodies for Sale (Routledge, 2003). He has also written on various other ethics topics including: biomedical research, conjoined twins, futility, mental illness, passive euthanasia, and resource allocation.

Dr Hannah Zeilig (University of the Arts London). Research interests: how the arts and humanities can illuminate age and ageing, the insights that can be gleaned from inter-disciplinary research.

Throughout 2014 Zeilig has been pursuing her interest in the cultural representation of age and ageing with the Cosmetic Science department at LCF. This has resulted in the project ‘Fine Lines’ in collaboration with Caroline Searing that investigates the language of cosmetic advertising (with a particular focus on cosmeceuticals) pre and post the introduction of botox.

Dr Paquita de Zulueta (Imperial College London). GP in North West London. Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College. Undergraduate and postgraduate teacher of medical ethics and law at Imperial College and in general practice.


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