Associate Professor Susan Jane Bull



My qualifications are ethics, law, and biology.  My research interests centre on medical ethics and global health ethics, with a focus is on justice and inequities, and the exercise of power. Specific current research interests include ethical issues associated with sharing public health and research data, controlled human infection (challenge) studies, and public health and research responses to infectious disease outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics.

This role is currently 0.5 FTE. I am also 0.5FTE Associate Professor of Bioethics, at the Ethox Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. In this role I am the Programme Director for Epidemic Ethics, a global community of bioethicists and stakeholders involved in public health and research responses to public health emergencies.

I welcome supervision inquiries.

Research | Current

Principal applicant (2020-2021) Casebook of ethical issues in epidemic health research. Funder:  World Health Organization
Principal applicant (2020-2021) Ethics and uncertainties in accelerated COVID-19 vaccine pathways Funder: World Health Organization
Co-applicant (2017-2022) The Global Health Bioethics Network: a programme to carry out ethics research and build ethics capacity across the Wellcome Trust’s Major Overseas Programmes in Kenya, Viet Nam, Malawi, Thailand, and South Africa. Funder: Wellcome Trust Strategic Award

Teaching | Current

MBChB311 - Medical Humanities - Course Co-ordinator

MBChB 501 - Ethics component

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Paulina Tindana (2009- 2013)


University of Oxford, University Research Lecturer, 2016

University of Oxford, Department of Public Health and Primary Care Merit Award 2009

Wellcome Trust Ph.D. Studentship Award, 2002


Course Co-ordinator MBChB 311

Associate Editor, Journal of Empirical Research in Health Research Ethics

Areas of expertise

medical ethics, bioethics, research ethics, global health ethics, public health ethics, ethical theory

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Consultant and Rapporteur, World Health Organization 2019 - 2021

Working Group Member, COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition 2020-2021

Chair, University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee  2012 - 2014

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3064
New Zealand

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