Caroline Redhead

Caroline Redhead


  • Research Fellow, Law
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I am a Research Fellow in the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at The University of Manchester. Having worked as a commercial solicitor for many years, in the UK and in Hong Kong, I moved from private practice to academia in 2020.

My research interests lie broadly in the dynamic interplay between law, ethics (particularly bioethics) and social change. I am particularly interested in the way legal and ethical frameworks are interpreted and experienced by people in their everyday lives, in decision-making processes and practices, and in exploring the role of therapeutic jurisprudence, especially in healthcare regulation. I am currently working on the ConnecteDNA project, examining how the use of direct-to-consumer genetic testing is changing the landscape in which donor conception is experienced, and how it impacts the management of information about donor conception.

I have a PhD in Palliative Care and an LLM in Child Law. My PhD explored the influence of legal consciousness on the way in which the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is understood by hospice staff making decisions for patients who lack capacity to decide for themselves. My Masters dissertation considered children's autonomy in making mental- and medical-health treatment decisions.


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of The Law Society of England and Wales

Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association

Member of the Society of Legal Scholars

Member of the Society for Computers and Law

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Laws

Areas of expertise

  • K Law (General)
  • BJ Ethics


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