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Reader in bioethics at the Law School (Masters degree in Health Care Ethics and Law).

Leader of the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy Research Centre


Philosophical Bioethics, MA/LLM, campus based

Philosophical Bioethics MA/LLM, distance learning

Ethics and Genetics MA/LLM, campus based

Ethics and Genetics MA/LLM, distance learning

Former Director of the medical ethics teaching in undergraduate medical education at the Medical School in Manchester. Teacher in Medical Humanities (e-learning) for Year 5 Medical Students.

Regularly involved in supervision of Master and PhD students.


PhD 1996

Simona Giordano is Professor of Bioethics at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP), School of Social Science (Law School), The University of Manchester. She has acted as Director of the CSEP till 2020; formerly, she was Director of the medical ethics curriculum in undergraduate medical education, at the Medical School in Manchester. Simona Giordano graduated cum laude in philosophy at the University "La Sapienza of Rome", in 1996, with a thesis on Aristotle and Henry Sidgwick. She specialised in bioethics in 1997. She lives and works in Manchester since 1997. She has completed a PhD in psychiatric ethics in 2000. She has been Marie Curie Fellow from 2002 to 2004. She has researched on Ageism and Ethics of Health Care distribution.

Research interests

  1. Psychiatric ethics; Bioethics; Eating Disorders; Gender Identity


S. Giordano, Children with Gender Identity Disorder, Routledge, 2012

S. Giordano, Understanding Eating Disorders, OUP, 2005

S. Giordano, Exercise and Eating Disorders, Routledge, 2010

S. Giordano, John Coggon, Marco Cappato (eds.), Scientific Freedom, Bloomsbury, 2012

S. Giordano (ed.), A second anthology on scientific freedom, MUP, 2018


See research profile for full list of publications.

Current Research Projects:

Medical Treatment for transgender minors: legal concerns




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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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