Speaking at Battle of Ideas Barbican 22-23 October 2016: genome editing and doping in sports

I will be speaking at the Barbican at Battle of Ideas on October 22nd and 23rd on genome editing and doping in sport:



If you are a student and would like to attend the weekend of events and debate at the Barbican, please note that there are discounted tickets available! Check the Barbican website for more info.

IAAF Hyperandrogenism Regulations (suspended 2015) and Caster Semenya’s case

Here you can download the original IAAF documents on Hyperandrogenism Regulations (they have been taken off website since suspension of regulation in July 2015 following CAS ruling)

IAAF guidelines Eligibility Hyperandrogenism May 2011

IAAF Hyperandrogenism Regulations – Appendices

casterSome of my recent academic work can be found here:

Op-eds can be found here:

And you can find some of my early academic work on Caster Semenya here:

My work on Caster Semenya has been quoted in mainstream media and other professional outlets. In 2016:

“A flickering flame: is the Olympics ideal dead?” My contribution to BBC World Service Newshour Extra

This BBC Newshourextra episode was broadcast on July 29th/20th/31st.

You can download the podcast (mp3) here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04263n3flickering flame

“The important thing in life is not to win but to take part, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well”. So said the founder of the modern Olympic movement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, at the end of the 19th Century. How does his noble ideal fit with the modern phenomena of professionalism, doping, individual financial gain, nationalistic pride, huge corporate sponsorship? Is the Olympic ideal still alive? In this week’s edition of the programme, as the Rio Games approach, join Owen Bennett Jones and his guests as they discuss the present and future of the Olympics”.


Andrew Steele – British Olympic 400m athlete at Beijing 2008 games

David Goldblatt – Author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics

Dr Silvia Camporesi – Lecturer in Bioethics and Society at King’s College London.

Professor Andy Miah – Chair in Science, Communication & Future Media at the University of Salford

Pat Myhill – Director of Operations for the UK Anti-Doping agency, UKAD