London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Alya Khan

Alya Khan is Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics in the Department of Applied Social Sciences and the Department of Health & Human Sciences at London Metropolitan University.

She has developed and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Healthcare Ethics, Bioethics and Ethical Issues in Biomedical Sciences to a wide range of students, many of whom are preparing for professional roles in healthcare practice, biomedical and genetic research, and health policymaking. She also designed and teaches a postgraduate module in Gender & Human Rights on the MA/LLM in Human Rights and Social Justice.

She has a BA(Hons) and an MPhil in Philosophy from UCL, where she concentrated on social and political philosophy and ethics, writing her dissertation on Gender and Political Obligation. Her doctoral work, conducted at Birkbeck College, and entitled ‘Relational Autonomy and Narrativity in Health Ethics’ deals with an account of the concept of autonomy, as applied in health contexts, that foregrounds its relational nature and argues for a narrative and not a narrowly principalist approach to understanding autonomous decision-making in health ethics. She has focussed particularly on dilemmas in reproductive health, considering matters of rights in this area, especially for vulnerable groups and those amongst the least advantaged in different societies.

Previously, she taught moral and political philosophy modules as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at London Met, as well as philosophy courses at The City Literary Institute and at Birkbeck College’s Centre for Continuing Education.

She is a member of the Society for Women in Philosophy, UK, the International Network of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, and the Network for European Women’s Rights, amongst other affiliations.

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