Dr Simon Jenkins

Dr Simon Jenkins

Institute of Applied Health Research

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Simon is a philosopher and bioethicist with expertise in qualitative methods and methodologies. His research interests include: research ethics, informed consent, fat acceptance, child obesity, welfare biology, population dynamics, insect suffering, reproductive ethics, Ebola virus disease, military medicine, and social robotics.

He is Continuing Professional Development (CPD) lead for the Institute of Applied Health Research, helping to facilitate and co-ordinate the CPD and masters-level courses offered by the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

He was recently funded on a project titled ‘Military healthcare professionals’ experiences of ethical challenges whilst on Ebola humanitarian deployment (Sierra Leone)’, which involved qualitative interviews with military personnel who had recently returned from dealing with the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. He was also funded on the ‘Surveillance: Ethical Issues, Legal Limitations, and Efficiency’ (SURVEILLE) project, a large European project examining ethical issues of surveillance technology.


  • PhD The ethical allocation of gametes donated for fertility treatment, University of Birmingham 2014
  • MA in Ethics and Political Theory, University of Reading, 2010 – Pass with Merit
  • BA (Hons) in English Studies and Philosophy, University of Stirling, 2009 – 2:1 


Simon completed his undergraduate degree in Stirling, during which time he undertook a year of study abroad at the University of Victoria, Canada. After this, he completed a Masters degree at Reading, before commencing his PhD in Birmingham. He successfully defended his thesis in November 2013 and graduated in July 2014. As well as reproductive and medical ethics, Simon is interested in environmental ethics, population ethics, artificial intelligence, and philosophy in general. 


Simon has many hours of teaching experience, from undergraduate medical students, to students on the Masters in Public Health programme, to teaching medical ethics to secondary school and sixth form pupils

Other activities

Simon is co-chair of Effective Altruism: Birmingham, which is a local chapter of an international organisation dedicated to improving the world in the best way possible. They undertake research into the cost-effectiveness of charities and make recommendations about where people should donate their money to have the greatest impact.


Jenkins, S. ‘Food, Welfare, and Agriculture: A Complex Picture’. Routledge Handbook of Food Ethics (2016)

Jenkins, S., Draper, H. ‘Care, Monitoring, and Companionship: Views on Care Robots from Older People and Their Carers’. International Journal of Social Robotics, 7(5): 673-683 (2015)

Jenkins, S., Draper, H. ‘Robots and the Division of Healthcare Responsibilities in the Homes of Older People’. In: Beetz, M., Johnston, B., Williams, M.-A. (eds.) ICSR. LNCS (LNAI), vol. 8755. Springer, Heidelberg (2014)