Students / Early Career Research 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. Many students conducting research in BHL can be 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. However, 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 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.

The S/ECR Stream is led by Dr Cynthia Forlini from Deakin University.

If you would like to sign up to our S/ECR Stream mailing list please email: student-career-research@aabhl.org with the subject ‘AABHL S/ECR Stream mailing list’.

Questions, comments, and suggestions related to the S/ECR Stream are very welcome. Please contact student-career-research@aabhl.org

Stream Leaders

Cynthia Forlini


Cynthia Forlini is a Lecturer in Health ethics and Professionalism in the School of Medicine at Deakin University. 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.

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