Session 3, Workshop on Reflexity in Bioethics


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Date: October 30th and Nov 11th, 2020

Have you wondered, as a researcher, how your values and ethical positions influence your research in bioethics? How do you navigate the conflicting values of yours’ and research participants? Reflexivity is a concept and practice widely recognized in doing qualitative research. It is a project of examining how researchers’ ideas and intersubjective elements impact and transform research.

Being self-reflective of epistemological and methodological positions while doing your research plays a significant role and influence on your research. It can be observed as introspection, intersubjective reflection or part of mutual collaboration. For some scholars reflexivity is considered as a methodological tool. For others, it is part of the research process and research ethics. 

Recently, reflexivity has been gaining significance within the field of bioethics research. In this workshop, we aim to introduce the concept of reflexivity, its significance, and challenges in bioethics research.

The overall goal of the workshop is to share, analyse and reflect on positionality, ethical, methodological, theoretical and epistemological concerns while employing reflexivity in research.

Resource Persons:

Dr. Michael Dunn, Associate Professor,

Nuffield Department of Population Health,

University of Oxford

Dr. Jonathan Ives, Reader in Empirical Bioethics, Centre for Ethics in Medicine,

University of Bristol


Dr. Supriya Subramani, Postdoctoral Fellow,

Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Roberto Andorno, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich

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