Dr Sarah Carter-Walshaw


I have a BA in Philosophy from Roehampton University and an MA in Health Care Ethics from the IDEA Centre at the University of Leeds. After my Masters, I completed an AHRC-funded PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence at the University of Manchester. Throughout my time at Manchester I also worked as an ethics tutor in the Leeds Institute of Medical Education at the University of Leeds. Following submission of my PhD, I worked at Lancaster University as a research associate on the Wellcome funded project The Donation and Transfer of Reproductive Materials, where I explored ethical issues related to the use of in vitro gametogenesis (for reproductive purposes), uterus transplants, and ectogenesis.

Research interests

My principal research interests regard the ethical, social, and legal implications of emerging and hypothetical biotechnologies and interventions. I have a particular interest in the ethics of bioenhancement (especially moral bioenhancement) and the ethics of emerging reproductive technologies (such as IVG and artificial wombs).



<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

I oversee the IDEA Centre's provision of ethics teaching in the dental school. I also teach on the Biomedical and Health Care Ethics programme at the IDEA Centre and provide ethics teaching in Chemistry and in the School of Earth and Environment.