About Dr Paula Boddington

Dr Boddington has held academic positions at the University of Bristol, the Australian National University, Cardiff University, and Oxford University. She has received research awards from the Future of Life Institute, the National Institute of Health Research, and the Wellcome Trust.

Qualifications and Academic Achievements
BA Philosophy and Psychology, Keele University
BPhil, Philosophy, Oxford University
DPhil, Philosophy, Oxford University
LLM, Legal Aspects of Medical Practice, Cardiff University

Dr Paula Boddington's Research

Her research has focused mostly on issues in applied philosophy, including artificial intelligence, data ethics, medical ethics, and ethical issues in genetics and genomics, examining both abstract philosophical questions and the implications for policy and practice. Dr Boddington is also currently working with a team of medical sociologists conducting ethnographic research on the care of people living with dementia on acute hospital wards.  She is a founding editor of the journal AI and Ethics and is currently serving on two of the AI4People 2020 committees.

Selected Publications

Towards a Code of Ethics for Artificial Intelligence, Springer, 2017
Ethical Challenges in Genomics Research, Springer, 2011
Reading for Study and Research (Boddington and Clanchy), Longman Australia, 1999

Journal Articles

2020 Boddington, Paula. ‘Normative Modes: Codes and Standards’ in The Oxford Handbook of Ethics of AI, ed Dubber M, Pasquale F, Das S, OUP: 125-140
2020 Boddington, Paula. “The Ethics of AI and The Moral Responsibility of Philosophers.” The Philosophers’ Magazine89 (2020): 62-68.
2020 Boddington, Paula, Katie Featherstone, and Andy Northcott. “Presentation of the clothed self on the hospital ward: an ethnographic account of perceptual attention and implications for the personhood of people living with dementia.” Medical Humanities.
2020 Featherstone, Katie, Paula Boddington, and Andy Northcott. “Using Signs and Symbols to Label Hospital Patients with a Dementia Diagnosis: Help or Hindrance to Care?” Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 10.1: 49-61
2019 ‘Moral Machines: what are the values that drive decision making by AI’, Paula Boddington, Aeon
2018 ‘The Canary in the Coalmine: Continence Care as a Marker of Dehumanisation’, Paula Boddington & Katie Featherstone, Bioethics, 32(4), 251-260.
2017 ‘EPSRC Principles of Robotics: Commentary on safety, robots as products, and responsibility’, Connection Science, 29(2). 170-176
2016 ‘Big Data, Small Talk: Lessons from the Ethical Practices of Interpersonal Communication for the Management of Biomedical Big Data.’ in The Ethics of Biomedical Big Data. Eds Luciano Floridi, Brent Mittelstadt. Springer International Publishing, 2016. 277-305.
2015 ‘Rethinking the problems of adherence to medications’, Paula Boddington, Clinical Ethics, 10(4) 91-96
2011 ‘Consent forms in genomics: the difference between law and practice’, Paula Boddington, Liam Curren, Jane Kaye, Nadja Kanellopoulou, Karen Melham, Heather Gowans, Naomi Hawkins, European Journal of Health Law, 18, 1 – 29
2010 ‘Relative responsibilities: is there an obligation to discuss genomic research participation with family members?’, Paula Boddington, Public Health Genomics, 13: 504 – 513
2009 ‘Shared responsibility agreements: causes of contention’, Paula Boddington, pp 85 – 100 in Angus Dawson (ed) The Philosophy of Public Health: Aldershot, Ashgate, ISBN 978-0-7546-6043-9
2009 ‘Heart disease and social inequality: ethical issues in the aetiology, treatment and prevention of heart disease’, Paula Boddington, Bioethics, 23 (2): 123 – 130
2009 ‘Theoretical and practical issues in the definition of health: insights from an Aboriginal Australian health definition’, Paula Boddington and Ulla Räisänen, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 34: 49 – 67 c 11
2009 ‘Data sharing in genomics – reshaping scientific practice’, Jane Kaye, Catherine Heeney, Naomi Hawkins, Jantina de Vries, Paula Boddington, Nature Reviews Genetics, 10 (5): 331 – 335
2008 ‘Adolescent carrier testing in practice: the impact of legal rulings and problems with “Gillick competence”’, Paula Boddington and Maggie Gregory, Journal of Genetic Counselling, 17 (6): 509 – 521
2008 ‘Communicating genetic information within the family: enriching the debate through the notion of integrity’, Paula Boddington and Maggie Gregory, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 11 (4): 445 – 454
2006 ‘Troubles with biocitizenship?’, Alexandra Plows and Paula Boddington, Genomics, Society and Policy, 2(3): 115 – 135
2006 ‘Genetics’, Paula Boddington, Encyclopaedia of British Philosophy, eds Antony Grayling, Andrew Pyle, Naomi Goulder, Thoemmes Continuum
2006 ‘Working up policy: the use of specific disease exemplars in formulating general principles governing childhood genetic testing’, Paula Boddington and Susan Hogben, Health Care Analysis, 14: 1 – 13
2004 ‘Returning to the Alder Hey Report and its reporting: addressing confusions and improving inquiries’, Steve Dewar and Paula Boddington, Journal of Medical Ethics, 30: 463 – 469
1998 ‘Self-deception’, Paula Boddington, Encyclopaedia of Applied Ethics, ed. Ruth Chadwick, Academic Press, Inc., San Diego, vol 4, 39 – 51
1998 ‘Organ donation after death – should I decide, or should my family?’, Paula Boddington, Journal of Applied Philosophy,15 (1): 69-82
1994 ‘Confidentiality in genetic counselling’, Paula Boddington, in Angus Clarke, ed., Genetic Counselling: Practice and Principles, Routledge, London, 1994: 223-240
1992 ‘Measuring the quality of life in theory and practice’;, Paula Boddington and Tessa Podpadec, Bioethics, 6 (3): 210 -217
1991 ‘Who are the mentally handicapped?’, Paula Boddington and Tessa Podpadec, The Journal of Applied Philosophy, 8 (2): 177-190

Dr Paula Boddington's Teaching

Dr Boddington has extensive experience of teaching a wide range of philosophy, including logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, ethics, philosophy of religion, feminist theory, Wittgenstein, Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s ethics. At Bristol University, she introduced the teaching of feminist theory, and along with Adam Morton, she introduced the teaching of practical ethics, later also developing practical ethics at the Australian National University. She has also worked as a study adviser. At NCH she lectures on AI and Data Ethics and tutors in Ethics.