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Dr Owens joined the Centre for Public Policy Research in September 2007 to take up an AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral award (in association with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain). In 2010, he completed his thesis, entitled 'Personalising the NHS: A Philosophical Analysis'. Previous to this Dr Owens studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and applied ethics, also at King's.


His research focuses on applying philosophical, political and sociological perspectives to issues in contemporary public policy, particularly in the areas of healthcare and education. In particular, he is interested in exploring the relationship between ontology, epistemology and ethics and investigating how such analysis can be used to support research into public policy and bioethics.
With Alan Cribb, Dr Owens is a co-founder of the Wellcome Trust funded Interdisciplinary and Empirical Ethics Network, a collaborative project between King’s College London and the University of Birmingham which seeks to generate discussion amongst academics who are interested in taking interdisciplinary and empirical approaches to applied ethics.


Further information

For further details please see his Research Staff Profile.