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Stephen Holland



Stephen Holland is a Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Health Sciences at the University of York. Prior to this he held other academic appointments at The University of York, and at The University of Sussex, and also worked in the National Health Service.

Stephen is the author Public Health Ethics (2nd edn 2014, Polity) and Bioethics: A Philosophical Introduction (2nd edn 2016, Polity).  He edited the anthology, Arguing About Bioethics for Routledge in 2014, and is currently preparing a monograph on the ethics and governance of public health information for Rowman & Littlefield International (due 2019).

Stephen is the founder and Chair of Public Health England’s (PHE) Research Ethics and Governance Review Group, and he has an Honorary Academic Contract with PHE.  He is currently the Chair of Expert Ethics Advisors for CARESSES, an international collaboration researching the development of culturally competent elder care robots.  And he is a Co-Investigator on 'Equipol: Re-engineering health policy research for fairer decisions and better health', a project funded by a Wellcome Trust personal award to Tim Doran in Health Sciences.

Departmental roles

Chair, Department of Health Sciences' Research Governance Committee



Stephen's main research interests are in applied philosophy, especially bioethics, public health ethics, and death studies. 


Stephen is currently supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Moral Agency, Responsibility, and Autonomous Systems
  • Ethics in Conservation: The Use of Philosophical Value Theory to Inform Ethical Decisions in Conservation
  • Health Inequalities



  • Bioethics
  • Public Health Ethics
  • Philosophy and Cognitive Diversity


  • Bioethics
  • Public Health and Ethics

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Contact details

Prof. Stephen Holland

Tel: 01904 323253