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. Following submission of my PhD, I worked at Lancaster University as a postdoctoral research associate on the Wellcome funded project The Donation and Transfer of Reproductive Materials, where I explored ethical issues 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). A list of my publications can be found on Google Scholar.


<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

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

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

My office hours are typically Tuesday 2-3pm and Thursday 2-3pm. However, as my timetable can be very irregular, I recommend emailing me in advance if possible.