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Honorary Research Associate, Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Alliance Manchester Business School

Visiting Scholar, Institute for Bioethics and Health Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Biography

Paolo is a Honorary Research Associate in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Alliance Manchester Business School. He currently works as a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Bioethics and Health Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Prior to this position, he was a Research Associate in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Alliance Manchester Business School. Before this, he was a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy in the Department of Law, School of Social Sciences. During this time he worked on the Civic Data Identity Partnership research project. He has also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Law, School of Social Sciences since 2018.

Paolo holds a PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence from the University of Manchester, an Erasmus Mundus MSc in Bioethics from KU Leuven, RU Nijmegen, and University of Padua, and an MA in Philosophy and Bioethics from UCSC Milan. Alongside his work at Manchester, in the past years he has worked on several empirical ethics projects at the University of Oxford with the Ethox Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, and with the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society Team (NEUROSEC) at the Department of Psychiatry.

Paolo’s research interests lie at the intersection of bioethics, mental health ethics and law, and medical sociology. He investigates the ethical, legal, and societal challenges that arise from the translation of novel technologies into medicine, from the design and delivery of (mental) health services, as well as moral dilemmas arising in health care. He is particularly interested in mental health ethics and law. He is committed to using social science research methods to investigate ethico-legal issue in health care. He has conducted qualitative research with mental health service users, carers, health professionals, researchers, industry professionals, and members of the public.

Teaching

Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Law, School of Social Sciences since 2018:

2022-23 (semester 2): Principles of Law, Medicine and Ethics

2020-2021 (semester 1) and 2019-2020 (semester 1): Jurisprudence

2018-2019 (semesters 1 and 2): Research Ethics

Research interests

  • Bioethics and medical law
  • Psychiatric ethics, neuroethics, mental health law
  • Empirical ethics
  • Responsible research and innovation

Current research projects:

CDIP. Civic Data Identity Partnership. EPSRC-funded research project. Research collaboration between the University of Manchester and Lancaster University.

SolPan. Solidarity in times of a pandemic. Multi-site longitudinal qualitative study led by Universität Wien.

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

External positions

Visiting Scholar, Institute for Bioethics and Health Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch

Jan 2024 → …

Research Assistant, Ethox Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Oct 2020Apr 2021

Chief Investigator, ELSI-NAPS research study, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Sept 2017Jan 2019

Research Assistant, Neuroscience, Ethics and Society (NEUROSEC), Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Jan 2017Jun 2020

Areas of expertise

  • BJ Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Psychiatry
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Qualitative methods
  • K Law (General)
  • Mental Health Law

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