Cambridge University

Ethical, Legal and Social Implications

Question of law, ethics and society are central to the development of public health research and practice.

The Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) theme draws on work in the social sciences, law and philosophy across the University of Cambridge, and related institutes, to generate new opportunities for dialogue, collaboration, and research.

Our areas of activity include:

  • addressing challenges of justice and fairness associated with public health medicine and science
  • the delivery of public health programmes for all stages of life and regions of the planet
  • the role of international law and models of research and development in supporting public health innovation
  • the relationship between population and personalised health
  • the experience, consequences and communication of working with risk and uncertainty

We welcome researchers from any relevant discipline, including law, philosophy, social science, education, psychology, sociology, history, political science, public policy studies, and science, technology and society (STS).

The ELSI Theme is led by Dr Richard MilneDr Kathy Liddell, and Dr Stephen John.

We aim to build the Cambridge Public Health ELSI Community through:

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CPH Seminar: Towards a value proposition for Ageing Friendly Communities
CPH Seminar: Towards a value proposition for Ageing Friendly Communities - 26 Nov 2021

People are living longer. Yet for many, the opportunities afforded by a longer life – to themselves and society – are lost due to poor health and difficulty remaining involved in society. This is exacerbated by socioeconomic disadvantage, and associated with increasing social and economic costs. The balance between the ‘burden’ and the benefits of an ageing population can thus be tipped either way. One promising approach is to design enabling ‘ageing-friendly’ environments that support people to live well.

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Lest we Forget: Engage with communities for better uptake of malaria RTS,S/AS01 vaccine
Lest we Forget: Engage with communities for better uptake of malaria RTS,S/AS01 vaccine

Lest we Forget: Engage with communities for better uptake of malaria RTS,S/AS01 vaccine