Preview! Table of content of 2017 Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Symposium on “Investigating Public Trust in Expert Knowledge: Ethics, Narrative and Engagement”

Guest Editors: Dr Silvia Camporesi, Bioethics & Society, King’s College London, London UK; Dr Mark Davis, Sociology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; Dr Maria Vaccarella, Medical Humanities, University of Bristol, UK

Trust_FreeImages.com_Berkeley-Robinson-470x260Timeline for publication

 The special issue
is expected to appear online in late March 2017 and in print in June 2017


  1. Silvia Camporesi, Mark Davis and Maria Vaccarella, “Investigating Public Trust in Expert Knowledge:  Ethics, Narrative and Engagement”
  2. Katie Attwell, Julie Leask, Samantha Meyer, Philippa Rokkas, and Paul Ward, Murdoch University, Australia, “Vaccine rejecting parents’ engagement with expert systems that inform vaccination Programs”
  3. Daniel Z. Buchman, Anita Ho, and Daniel S. Goldberg, University of Toronto, “Investigating Trust, Expertise, and Epistemic Injustice in Chronic Pain”
  4. Deborah Bowman, St George’s Medical School, University of London, “The Moral of the Tale: Stories, Trust and Public Engagement with Clinical Ethics via Radio and Theatre”
  5. Jennifer Edwell, and Jordynn Jack, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “Gestational Diabetes Testing, Narrative, and Medical Distrust”
  6. Karen Anne-Wong, University of Sydney, Australia “Donor Conception and ‘Passing’: Why Australian Parents of Donor-Conceived Children Want Donors Who Look Like Them”

About the special issue:

Trust pervades personal, social and political life. Basic trust is seen as the foundation of self, trust figures in the everyday reciprocity of social relations, and governmentality is imbued with questions of trust and distrust. Trust in expert knowledge (i.e. willingness to believe, endorse and enact expert advice) has emerged as a problem for governments seeking to engage and influence publics on matters as wide-ranging as public policy on the environment and economic development, biopolitics, and wellbeing over the life course. The knowledge systems which support climate change policy have been criticized and even refuted, leading to public policy challenges for action on climate. The uptake of vaccines in populations appears to be eroding and scientific/ethical controversies have marked the field. The emerging ‘superbugs’ crisis requires that publics engage with the idea that antimicrobials are no longer available to the extent they once were. Biotechnological interventions in reproductive life and health are subject to changed expectations for expert and consumer rights and responsibilities. Against this backdrop of troubled trust, expert knowledge and changing bio/ thanopolitics, how can governments engage publics? How do public communications take effect? How do experts and publics narrate trust? What are the ethical ramifications of efforts to garner, sustain or regain public trust? As some have argued, are we already post-trust and therefore in alternative modes of public engagement with the idea of collective life?

This special issue is the first of its kind to examine the ethics of public trust in expert knowledge systems in emergent and complex global societies. Through an interdisciplinary approach, it draws from contributions in bioethics, the social sciences and the medical humanities.

Watch this space:

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: