Professor Jonathan Wolff

Jonathan Wolff

“What interests me about CASMI is that it accepts that scientific innovation will not deliver patient benefit unless it is understood in the context of individual behaviour and the social conditions of people’s lives. Engaging with researchers from the Arts, Humanities and Social Science will be essential to its mission.”

Jonathan Wolff is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Arts and Humanities at UCL. A political philosopher who works on questions of equality, disadvantage and social justice, his work in recent years has also turned to applied topics such as public safety, disability, and the regulation of recreational drugs , which he has discussed in his books Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry (Routledge 2011) and The Human Right to Health (Norton 2012). Earlier works include Disadvantage (OUP 2007), with Avner de-Shalit.

He has had a long standing interest in questions health and health promotion, including questions of justice in health care resource allocation, the social determinants of health, and incentives and health behaviour, and has published several papers on these topics.

He has been a member of the Nuffield Council of Bioethics, the Gambling Review Body, the Academy of Medical Science working party on Drug Futures and the Homicide Review Group. For 2014 he is a member of the Board of Science of the British Medical Association.

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