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Biography

Dr Gry Wester is a Lecturer in Bioethics. She is also the Programme Director of the Bioethics & Society MSc, and Deputy Director for Postgraduate Taught programmes.

She currently consults for the Nuffield Council of Bioethics’ in-depth inquiry on the Future of Ageing. In 2020 she also served as an expert adviser for the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, supporting the development of the Norwegian Coronavirus Immunisation Programme strategy.

Prior to joining King’s, Gry was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Global Health Priorities Research Group at the University of Bergen and with the Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium at McGill University. She has also been a Caroline Miles Visiting Fellow at the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford.

She holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin (BA), University College London (MPhil, philosophy) and the University of Oslo (PhD, philosophy).

Research

  • Political philosophy

  • Bioethics

  • Population health ethics

  • Health care resource allocation

  • Ageing and social care

Gry’s background is in political philosophy. Her research focuses on distributive justice and the application of theories of equality to questions concerning health, in particular in relation to health inequality and public health policy. Other central research interests include resource allocation in health and social care, ageing, global health, the capability approach, and conscientious objection in health care.

She has a long-standing interest in the intersection of political philosophy and public policy: applying the tools of analytic philosophy to address real-world policy challenges and using insights from practice to inform theory.

Her research has appeared in journals such as Bioethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, Health Economics, Policy and Law, Social Philosophy and Policy, and elsewhere.

Teaching

Postgraduate

  • 7SSHM616 Critical Bioethics
  • 7SSHM606 Global Health Ethics

Further details

See Gry's research profile