Empirical Ethics

In recent decades there has been increasing interest in the use of empirical methods in bioethics, and the relationship between empirical and normative inquiry in bioethics. Empirical bioethics has different manifestations, in part because of diversity in the disciplinary background of its practitioners, although empirical bioethics tends to take its fieldwork methods from the social sciences, broadly conceived. The field is now well developed enough to have its own methodological literature  and is large enough to support systematic reviews. However, methods for empirical bioethics remain diverse and many methodological issues remain unresolved. The aim of this stream is to foster discussion and critique of these issues, build capacity in empirical bioethics in the region, and provide support for practitioners from diverse disciplines who draw on and apply empirical methods to bioethical inquiry.

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Stream Leaders


Associate Professor Michael (Mikey) Dunn

Stream Leader

Dr Mikey Dunn is an Associate Professor and the Director of Education at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. Mikey’s core research interests focus on the ethical aspects of community-based, integrated, and long-term care practice, policy and law – in Singapore, the UK and internationally. In his research, he seeks to take an interdisciplinary approach, integrating philosophical, qualitative social scientific and legal methods of analysis. In adopting this approach, he has made wide-ranging contributions to developing the relatively new methodological sub-field of empirical bioethics. Mikey has written more than 80 peer-reviewed academic journal articles and book chapters, and authored/edited 6 books.

Dr.Supriya Subramani

Stream Leader

Dr. Supriya Subramani is a Lecturer at Sydney Health Ethics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Her research interests lie at the intersection of emotions, healthcare ethics and behaviour. She employs qualitative methodology to explore the moral subjectivities of individuals. Her ongoing projects are concerned with how emotions, moral epistemology and everyday interactions influence one’s moral self; and how power is negotiated and challenged by individuals (patients; immigrants) in interpersonal interactions and institutions, particularly in healthcare and social research settings. You can find her publications here