About Me

My research interests lie broadly in applied ethics, individually or jointly, in engineering, medicine and sport.

Areas of Expertise

  • anti doping policy and ethics
  • sports ethics
  • genetic ethics
  • medical ethics
  • research ethics


  1. Paralympism, Paralympic values and disability sport: a conceptual and ethical critique. Disability and Rehabilitation X
  2. & A critical analysis of three psychological research programs of doping behaviour. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 16, 140-148.
  3. Concussion ethics and sports medicine. clinics in sports medicine
  4. & Performance enhancement, elite athletes and anti doping governance: comparing human guinea pigs in pharmaceutical research and professional sports. Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 9(1), 4
  5. & Concussion in Sport: Conceptual and Ethical Issues. Kinesiology Review 4(2), 190-202.

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  • EG-168 Engineering Professional Development

    To develop fundamental engineering communication skills using standard ICT tools. These skills will be taught and developed in the context of the multi-disciplinary engineering project BLOODHOUND, which is an attempt to extend the world land speed record to 1,000mph using a jet and rocket powered car requiring input from a wide range of engineering disciplines.

  • EG-353 Research Project

    The module involves the application of scientific and engineering principles to the solution of a practical problem associated with engineering systems and processes [EA2]. The student will gain experience in working independently on a substantial, individually assigned task, using accepted planning procedures. It will require and develop self-organisation and the critical evaluation of options and results, as well as developing technical knowledge in the chosen topic.

  • EG-386 Engineering Management

    This module will develop skills relating to the management of financial and human resources within the engineering sector. With respect to financial resources, the course will introduce the practice of accounting for transactions within a new business so as to give the student a good appreciate of the balance sheet, profit & loss and cash flow statements, which are essential components of a business plan. The course will also show students how to interpret financial statements and how best to allocate financial resources between competing engineering projects. With respect to human resources, the course will cover the basic concept of entrepreneurship before breaking down the essential elements of a business plan. The course will give the more entrepreneurial students guidance about how to go about commercializing their ideas and the less entrepreneurial students an understanding of what makes some of their colleagues tick. The learn by example approach adopted for this module guides the student through the complexities of financial and human resource management and encourages students to develop their own business plans. Students will also be introduce to the subject area of ethics within business.

  • EGGM00 Ethics in Engineers

    This course is designed to provide students with a background to the complex ethical and professional issues that are found in engineering. The focus will be on relevant situations that the engineer/scientist may encounter in their career.

  • SHPM49 The Boundaries of Life

    This module introduces and examines some of the fundamental ethical and philosophical issues at the beginnings and ends of life. These include the ethics of abortion, euthanasia, and the concepts of human death and moral status.

  • SR-143 Research Methods & Ethics

    This module introduces students to the research methods and skills used in Sport and Exercise Sciences and introduces a range of ethical issues that arise within sports. Students will develop fundamental knowledge and understanding of elementary concepts and principles of research methods including sourcing information, research design, research writing and conducting basic statistical analyses. Students will also be active in disputing the nature and purpose of sports across a wide variety of issues including fair play, aggression, inequality and exploitation.

  • SR-144 Foundations in Exercise Science

    This module will introduce principles of exercise science in relation to health and disease using a multi-disciplinary perspective. National recommendations for physical activity and health across the life-course as well as national policies and approaches will be studied. Students will also develop foundation practical skills in measuring physical activity and will contextualise these skills in relation to professional work. Students will be expected to apply their practical skills to selected case studies.

  • SR-250 The ethics of doping: health, sport and society

    Doping is the most discussed issue in the discipline of sports ethics. This module interrogates the range of ethical and conceptual issues related to doping and anti doping policy. The aim of this module is to critically explore the nature and variety of prohibited substances and methods generically referred to as doping, situated in the global context of the World Anti Doping Agency.

  • SRE700 Ethical theory, sports ethics and integrity

    This module develops an understanding of the need for ethical theory in sports ethics and of the role that the theories of deontology, consequentialism, rights theory and virtue ethics play within the organization of sport, and in the experience of sporting competitions. Students will come to appreciate the often hidden role that ethical theory plays in critical argumentation about key ethical issues in sports and sport integrity.

  • SRE701 Anti doping-ethics, policy and practice

    Doping and Anti Doping Policy are among the most contentious issues in the world of sport. This module critically presents the history of doping and WADA, nature of anti doping rule violations, their justification, and highlights key ethical problems such as harmonization, strict liability, therapeutic use exemption.

  • SRE703 Sport integrity, corruption and gambling

    Students will be presented with an historical overview for both the relations between gambling and sport and the wider contexts of corruption. Attention will be paid to classic cases of corruption including the Salt Lake City Olympic case and the IOC responses to it. It will also focus on the rise of the phenomenon of match fixing, understanding the prevalence and forms that it takes, and critically evaluating sport and gambling industry responses to it. The module spans systemic and individualised issues. Thus students will also be presented with material presented population-wide and individual athlete gambling behaviours, and in particular the pathological forms of gambling addiction being witnessed in sports.

  • SRE704 Research methods and skills

    The ability to critically appraise literature, evaluate research, and conduct research studies is fundamental to developing the field of sport ethics and integrity. This module provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of research methods and skills and to apply this knowledge to answer research questions pertinent to the field.

  • SRE705 Olympism and the Olympic Movement

    The purpose of this module is to explore the historical and philosophical underpinnings of the Olympic Games and their evolution since the Games’ inception in 776 B.C. Through instruction and experiential learning activities, students will have the opportunity to analyse, compare and contrast the relationship of the Olympic Movement with the ethics and philosophy of Olympism, and apply them to different cultures and societies. Furthermore, students will critically examine the collaborations and the accomplishments achieved by the Olympic Movement, and the challenges it faces, from a variety of viewpoints.

  • SRE706 Ability, disability and sports integrity

    This module focuses on integrity issues on several levels, and consists of two components, the first dealing with able bodied sport and the second with disability sport. The moral integrity of the actors is extensively studied as a condition for the physical, psychological and sexual integrity of the athlete and everyone involved. Students learn to critically understand and evaluate human relations and power imbalances, effectively manage the integrity problems from which they arise, and creatively make use of the social and moral potential of (adapted) physical activity. Theoretical models and practical tools support the learning processes both components.

  • SRE707 Sport values, fair play and integrity

    This module will present three core themes: values in sport, fair play and the ethics of sport, and sporting integrity. The first section, on values in sport, includes discussions on the nature of sport – analytical approaches to the concept of sport; phenomenological analysis of the athlete; investigations of the nature of sporting experience, intrinsic and extrinsic values in sport, and Olympism and its principal humanistic values. The second section, on fair play and the ethics of sport, will focus on foundational issues in the understanding of ethical approaches to the most important problems facing sport as a practical enterprise, as a source of personal value, and as a social institution. We shall especially consider the nature of integrity as applied to sport, and will examine particular issues, such as, match-fixing and gambling and other contemporary ethical issues. The third section will show how all of the above is required background for an understanding of varieties of sporting integrity, such as: Personal integrity: the behavior of individuals in a sporting context, whether they be players, coaches, referees, administrators, etc. Organizational integrity: the professional integrity of the organization as a whole, as well as the personal integrity of sport administrators, and others working in sport organizations. Procedural integrity: the logic and value of sport as a social practice with a focus on the integrity of the sporting event.

  • SRE708 Governance, Law and Sport integrity

    This module develops a basic understanding of the International Governance of Sports. It will provide an analysis of the structure of the main International Sports Associations and the role of body-governments at different levels of professional sports. Discipline in sports, conflict resolution and responsibility of athletes, sports clubs and associations is another important aspect to study and analyze in this module. The importance to ensure equality and non discrimination in Sports, current and future threats in sports and how to deal with legal instruments in order to prevent and prosecute them will be another important issue under review. Students will come to understand properly Ethics and integrity of sport organizations, ethical codes and ethical demands of sport governance as well as how to monitor compliance will be deeply analysed in the last part of the module.

  • SRE709 Sports management and integrity

    This module deals with the often conflicting primacy of economic efficiency and win-maximisation on the one hand and ethical decision-making on the other. Against this background, the module illuminates significant ethical challenges that various actors in the management of sport face while trying to achieve their core missions and objectives. The concept of good governance as well as the range of policy measures which can be utilised to successfully address such challenges under institutional constraints will be outlined, as well as the political and commercial consequences of failing to respond to them.

  • SRE710 Dissertation module

    A supervised programme of reading and critical reflection upon an agreed topic area within sports ethics and integrity leading to the production of a written dissertation not exceeding 20,000 words.


  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Mr Andrew Bloodworth
  • Ethics, Governance and Emerging Nanotechnology (Provisional) (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Owen Guy
  • Ethics of prosthetic enhancement in paralympic sport (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Mr Andrew Bloodworth
  • Ethico legal aspects of doping and anti doping (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Mr Richard Griffith
  • Narrow Content In the Philosophy of Mind (awarded 2008)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Steven Edwards
  • Exercise, health and well-being: A philosophical analysis (awarded 2007)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Professor Steven Edwards
  • Local Justice in Public Leisure Services (awarded 2006)

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Key Grants and Projects

  • Framework 7 (Science and Society) “EPOCH: Ethical expertise and public policy: the case of human enhancement) 0

    European Union , €1.1M

  • Emerging intersections of biomedical technology and elite sport: institutions, practices and ethics 2013 - 2015

    Economic and Social Research Council, £446k

  • Ethical aspects of eating disorders in elite gymnastics 2010 - 2012

    Economic and Social Research Council, £100k

  • Doping policy, ethics and practice Seminar Series 2009 - 2010

    Economic and Social Research Council, £14k

  • ESRC Competition Scholarship M.A 1986 - 1986

    Economic and Social Research Council

  • ESRC Competition Scholarship PhD 1988 - 1988

    Economic and Social Research Council

  • Applied Ethics and Moral Theory Seminar Series 0

    Arts and Humanities Research Council, £43k

  • Evaluating Ethics and Equity Policy and Practice 2002 - 2002

    Sport Scotland, £12k

  • Attitudes and values towards doping and anti doping policies and practices 2006 - 2010

    UK Sport, £131k

  • Rugby Professionals’ Values and Norms 2003 - 2003

    UK Sport, £11k

  • Tennis Coaches Values and Norms 2003 - 2003

    UK Sport, £9.5k

  • Rugby Spectators’ Perceptions of Un/Professional Sporting Conduct 0

    UK Sport, £11k

  • Valuing Sport Surveys 2001 - 2002

    UK Sport, £20k

  • Meta-analysis of Codes of Ethical Conduct in Sports 2000 - 2000

    UK Sport, £5k

  • Anticipating doping behaviour 2011 - 2011

    UK Anti Doping , £18k

  • PhD Scholarship funding (external) “Understanding doping and risk cultures in elite sport” 2012 - 2015

    UK Anti Doping

  • Genetics, ethics and sports medicine Symposium funding at ICSEMIS 2012 (Pre Olympic Scientific Congress) 2012 - 2012

    Wellcome Foundation, £5k

  • Physical Culture and Sport 2009

External Responsibilities

  • Visiting Professor, Olympic Chair Henri de Baillet Latour/Jaques, University of Ghent and Universitie Catholique de Louvain

    2013 - 2014

  • Visiting Professor, Sports Ethics, Hunan University, China

    2013 - 2016

  • New Zealand Erskine Fellow (Funded Visiting Professor), University of Canterbury

    2012 - 2012

  • Phillip Noel Baker Award for Research, International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education

    2009 - 2009

  • Distinguished Scholar Award, International Association for the Philosophy of Sport

    2008 - 2008

  • Fellow, European College of Sport Science

    2008 - 2008

  • Editor in Chief, Sport, Ethics and Philosophy

    2007 - 2007

  • Series Edtior, Ethics and Sports Routledge 25 Volumes

    1998 - 1998

  • Editorial Board Membership, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport

    2000 - 2007

  • Editorial Board Membership, European Physical Education Review

    2000 - Present

  • Editorial Board Membership, Leisure studies

    2002 - 2004

  • International Journal of Sport and Health Sciences, International Journal of Sport and Health Sciences

    2003 - Present

  • Editorial Board Membership, Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education

    2003 - Present

  • Editorial Board Membership, Performance Enhancement and Health

    2012 - Present

  • Guest Editor, International Journal of Sports Policy (with B. M. J. Houlihan)

    2011 - 2011

  • Guest Editor, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (with T. Schramme) p.124

    2011 - 2011

  • Guest Editor, European Journal of Sport Science, p44

    2002 - 2002

  • Guest Editor, Professional Ethics, p.156 (with S. Dixon-Drewe).

    2002 - 2002

  • Guest Editor, Journal of Philosophy of Education, p.209 (with D. Bridges)

    2001 - 2001

  • External committee service, Swiss National Sciences Foundation

    2013 - 2013

  • External committee service, Economic and Social Research Council

    2012 - 2012

  • External committee service, Flanders Research Foundation

    2010 - Present

  • External committee service, Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

    2009 - Present

  • External committee service, Wellcome Trust: Research Foundation

    2010 - Present

  • External committee service, Various international Professorial appointment committees

    2006 - Present

  • Academic Member, Peer Review College, Economic and Social Research Council

    2012 - 2014

  • UNESCO: Working Group Member/Moderator, MINEPS V: Commission 3 (Sport Integrity and anti corruption)

    2012 - 2013

  • European Commission, Group of Experts, (Anti Doping)

    2012 - 2013

  • Member, Cardiff and Vale National Health Trust, Organ Donation Committee

    2009 - Present

  • Member, UK Sport Social Research Advisory group

    2007 - 2009

  • Member, Cardiff and Vale National Health Trust,Clinical Ethics Committee

    2006 - Present

  • Member, Cardiff and Vale National Health Trust, Clinical Effectiveness

    2006 - Present

  • Founding Vice Chair, European Philosophy of Sport Association

    2007 - Present

  • External Examiner, MSc Medical Ethics and Law, Bristol University

    2006 - 2009

  • Member, Scientific Committee, European College of Sport Science

    2005 - 2013

  • Executive Member , European College of Sport Science

    2003 - 2005

  • Founding Chair, British Philosophy of Sport Association

    2005 - 2007

  • Member, Football Association Steering Group, Ethics and Sports Equity Strategy

    2002 - 2002

  • External Examiner, BA Sport Development, University of Reading

    2001 - 2004

  • Executive Member , International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education

    2008 - 2012