The Student and Early Career Researcher Stream

Students (higher degree research, undergraduate) and early career researchers (ECR) are integral members of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) as well as the teaching and research communities. This group faces distinct challenges as they develop their skills, identities and trajectories as independent researchers. Many of these challenges relate to the interdisciplinary nature of bioethics and health law (BHL) scholarship. One the one hand, it is common for students to be conducting research in BHL whilst being enrolled through university programs in another discipline (e.g. philosophy, sociology, law, medicine). Disciplinary underpinnings will influence which of the variety of conceptual and empirical approaches associated with BHL might be used. On the other hand, students enrolled in dedicated BHL departments and programs might find it difficult to work in an area that does not have a specific disciplinary focus. Ultimately, how students and ECRs (S/ECRs) present and position their research as a part of the BHL landscape will inevitably affect their career trajectories.

The S/ECR Stream of AABHL is a dedicated space in which to grapple with challenges S/ECRs face as they learn how to navigate the diverse landscape of BHL. The central aim of the S/ECR Stream is to foster a community that addresses contemporary issues in BHL training, teaching and research. Through the diverse but united community fostered by the Stream, S/ECRs working in BHL will have access to support and guidance that will help nurture agility in the interdisciplinary BHL academic environment.

 of AABHL is a dedicated space in which students and early career researchers (S/ECR) can grapple with the challenges they face training, teaching and researching in the interdisciplinary landscape of bioethics and health law (BHL). Through the community fostered by the Stream, S/ECRs working in BHL will have access to support and guidance that will help nurture their agility in the interdisciplinary BHL academic environment.

The S/ECR Stream is led by Jonnie Kennedy and Dr Cynthia Forlini from University of Sydney.

We would like to learn more about the student and ECR members of AABHL. If you identify as a student or ECR please respond to our short survey (2 minutes): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9Q398GG

The results will help us tailor Stream activities to the needs and interests of our membership.

If you would like to sign up to our S/ECR Stream mailing list please email: Cynthia.forlini@sydney.edu.au with the subject ‘AABHL S/ECR Stream mailing list’

We look forward to hearing from you!

                      Cynthia Forlini is an Australia Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award Research Fellow at Sydney Health Ethics (University of Sydney). She has over a decade of experience as a researcher including training in bioethics and neuroethics from the Université de Montréal and McGill University, as well as research fellow positions at The University of Queensland and The University of Sydney. Her research explores the boundaries between treating and enhancing the brain and mind                                                     

Jonnie Kennedy is a graduate of The University of Sydney’s Master of Bioethics programme and has significant experience in research ethics. She is enrolled as an HDR student at Sydney Health Ethics (University of Sydney) under the supervision of Ainsley Newson and Wendy Lipworth. Her research explores participant perceptions of and motivations for sharing data in the context of genomics research.