Dr Jonathan (Jon) Ives PhD, M.Phil, BA(hons), PGCertTLHE

Institute of Applied Health Research
Honorary Senior Lecturer

Contact details

College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT

Jonathan Ives is a Honorary Senior Lecturer with the Institute of Applied Health Research.  Jonathan's current post is with the University of Bristol
Jon publishes predominantly in the field of biomedical ethics, focussing on fatherhood and families, methods in empirical bioethics and research ethics  He is also interested in, and publishes on, public health ethics and ethics in medical education. He has published in other areas as a methodologist, in particular Mental Health. 

He teaches on a number of programmes, covering topics in Biomedical Ethics, Medical Sociology and Research Methods.   Jon accepts invitations to teach abroad, and has spent time in Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Switzerland teaching research ethics, general medical ethics and empirical bioethics.


  • PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Award for Excellence), 2011
  • PhD, Biomedical Ethics and Law, 2007
  • M.Phil, Philosophy, 2005
  • BA (Hons), Philosophy, 2003


Teaching Programmes

  • BMedSc Population Sciences and Humanities (Course Director and HCEL programme lead
  • MPH
  • MRes Health research
  • Health Studies MSc/Diploma/Certificate

Postgraduate supervision

Jonathan is currently supervising two PhD students:

  • Derek Kyte (2011 – 2014; FT) The Methodological and Ethical Issues Associated with Health-Related Quality of Life Measurement in Clinical Trials
  • Bert Vanderhaegen (2013 - 2019; PT) A Critical Reflection upon the Nature, Limits and Impact of Empirical Ethics’

Former PhD students are:

  • Greg Moorlock (2009-2012; FT)  An empirically informed ethical analysis of directed and conditional cadaveric organ donation. Awarded in 2012.
  • Simon Jenkins (2010-2013; FT)  The ethical allocation of eggs donated for the purpose of fertility treatment. Awarded in 2013.

Jonathan is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • The ethics and sociology of fathers, fatherhood and parenthood
  • Men, fatherhood and mental health
  • Ethics in and of medical education
  • Theory and methods in Empirical Bioethics 

If you are interested in studying any of these subject areas please contact Jonathan directly, or 
for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email 


Doctoral research


Primary research topics

  • Philosophy and Sociology of fatherhood
  • Theory and method in empirical bioethics
  • Research Ethics
  • Public Health Ethics

Grants held

£29, 051. MRC Midland Hub for Trials Methodology Research. Ives J (PI), Draper H, Calvert M, Kyte D. What do potential research participants understand about patient reported outcome measurement and management? An investigation of trial information provision. January 2014 - May 2014

Symposium project award.  Ives J, Provoost, V.  On gametes and guidelines: A symposium for exploring the use of interdisciplinary and empirical bioethics to inform the regulation of reproductive technologies”.  February 2014.

£23,976.   NSPCR Funding - Round 7.  Calvert M, Kyte D, Draper H, Ives J, Gheorghe A, Brundage M, King M, Mercieca-Bebber R.  Evaluation of patient reported outcomes in clinical trials: systematic review of trial protocols.

£3000.  Circles of Influence Annual Giving Programme Distribution 2012 – University of Birmingham.  POSH online research teaching e-library (PORTEL): facilitating self-directed learning while conducting research away from the university settingJonathan Ives, Heather Draper, Lesley Roberts, Lisa Jones.  May – December 2012.

£5000.  The Wellcome Trust. Interdisciplinary Empirical Ethics NetworkJonathan Ives (co-PI/Chair), John Owens, Alan Crib.  (Sept 2011 – March 2013)

£1325. ETHOX Foundation, Oxford University.  Personal award.  Caroline Miles Visiting Scholarship 2011.

£85,196. NIHR School of Primary Care.  Doctoral  Research Studentship. Melanie Calvert, Heather Draper, Jonathan Ives, Derek  Kyte. The Methodological and Ethical Issues Associated with Health-Related Quality of Life Measurement in Clinical Trials. Oct 2011 – September 2014)

£70,000.  AHRC. Heather Draper, Sue Avery, Jonathan Ives, Simon Jenkins. The ethical allocation of eggs donated for the purpose of fertility treatment.  (1st October 2010 – 30th September 2013).

£98,500 – ESRC. Jonathan Ives (PI).   The moral habitus of fatherhood: A study of how men negotiate the moral demands of becoming a father. (1st April 2010 – 30th March 2012).

£60,250.  AHRC. Heather Draper; Simon Bramhall; Jonathan Ives, Gregory Moorlock. Collaborative Studentship Doctoral Award.  Gregory Moorlock (student), An empirically informed ethical analysis of directed and conditional cadaveric organ donation. (1st October 2009 – 30th Sept 2012)

£5,155 - NIHR Mental Health Research Network Heart of England Hub (£1462); Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust Charitable Funds Committee (£1,389) and the Centre for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health (£2,304).  Jess Heron; Jonathan Ives; Sonal Shah A Perinatal Service User Workshop in Qualitative Research and Service-User Led Research Project. (1st January 2009 – 1st January 2010). 

£9,995 - NHS West Midlands.  Heather Draper; Sue Wilson; Jonathan Ives; Sheila Greenfield; Jayne Parry; Judith Petts; Tom Sorell; Christine Gratus.  Community health and social care workers attitudes to working during pandemic influenza. (Nov 2008 - May 2009)

£4,555 - Wellcome Trust funding for a conference, workshop, symposium. Mikey Dunn; Jonathan Ives; Zeynep Gurten-Broadbent; Jessica Wheeler Why Bioethics? Our research in context. (July 2007)

£1,600 – Wellcome Trust.  Jonathan Ives. Supplement to the Wellcome trust grant Becoming a father/refusing fatherhood: How paternal responsibilities and rights are generate’ (additional transcription costs)

£5,796 – Wellcome trust funding for a conference, workshop, symposium. Jonathan Ives; Adele Langlois; Emma Baldock; Anna Smajdor Bioethics: Past, Present and Future.  (July 2006)

£1, 450 – Dean of Arts and Social Sciences: Special initiatives fund Heather Draper, Iain Law: Heather Widdows: Jonathan Ives.  Ethics at Birmingham: Bridging the disciplinary gap.  (1st October 2005 – 1st  April 2007)

£73,317 - Wellcome Trust Studentship Prize in Biomedical Ethics.  Jonathan Ives, Heather Draper, Helen Pattison, Clare Williams.  Becoming a father/refusing fatherhood: How paternal responsibilities and rights are generated. (1st Oct 2004 – 30th Sept 2007)

Other activities

Recent and upcoming invited talks:

  • 2014 (April) ‘Conceptions of fatherhood - how can interdisciplinary research inform ethics education?’.  4th annual primary care ethics conference: ethics, education and lifelong learning.  The Royal Society of Medicine.  London.
  • 2014 (April).‘Methods in Bioethics’.  Wellcome workshop. Translational bodies: Ethical, legal and Social Issues. Monash University Prato Centre, Sala Veneziana
  • 2014 (April). ‘Reflexive balancing as a method in Bioethics’.  Ethics and Evidence in end-of-life decision making Interdisciplinary Perspectives.  Ruhr-Universitat, Bochum. Germany.
  • 2014 (February). ‘Pragmatism, policy and practice: the ethics of compromise in interdisciplinary ethics research’.  On gametes and guidelines: A symposium for exploring the use of interdisciplinary and empirical bioethics to inform the regulation of reproductive technologies. Brochure Foundation. Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 2013.  ‘ART and fatherhood’.  Motherhood: All change. The University of Manchester, UK
  • 2013.  ‘Case studies in the moral habitus of fatherhood’. Oxford Brookes fatherhood network meeting.  Oxford Brookes
  • 2013 (with Sabi Redwood).  ‘Are some PPI agents more equal than others? – Platonic paradoxes and power in PPI practices’.  Philosophical and theoretical perspectives on PPI.  University of Sheffield.
  • 2012. 'A Cuckoo in the nest?'.  A seminar celebrating twenty-one years of the children act 1989.  University of Sussex.  Presentation and panel discussion with Prof Jonathan Herring and LJ Andrew McFarlane.
  • 2012. Keynote speaker.  'Morals, Medicine and Masculinities: Moral sense and partner support in the transition to first time fatherhood'. The national council of women and school of midwifery annual conference.  The XY Factor: men’s health and the impact on women’s health.  Birmingham City University.
  • 2012. Empirical ethics and the Moral Habitus of fatherhood.  Interdisciplinary and Empirical Ethics Network, Meeting 1.  King’s College London.
  • 2012.  The Moral Habitus of Fatherhood: A study of how men negotiate the moral demands of becoming a father.  Special session of the AHRC network Post-separation families and shared residence: setting the interdisciplinary research agenda for the future.  Meeting 4.  The University of Birmingham.


  • Co-opted member of the RGCP medical ethics committee
  • Section editor, BMC Medical Ethics (Methodology in Bioethics)
  • Associate editor, BMC Medical Ethics
  • Editorial board member, Health Care Analysis
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Ethics Committee 
  • Member of the University of Lincoln College of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare Trust Clinical Ethics Advisory Group 2006-2008.


  • Member of the ESRC peer review college
  • Reviewer for: BMC, JME, Bioethics, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Health Care Analysis, Clinical Ethics, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Health Sociology Review, Sociology of Health and Illness, Social Science and Medicine
  • Reviewer for: ESRC; Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences; The Wellcome Trust, Research Foundation Flanders

Consultancy/external work:

  • February 2014. Co-design and co-delivery of a Research Ethics Course at King Saud University.  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • August 2013. Guest Lecturer at the IYNN/Oxford Youth Academy Humanities Summer School, and judge for the Oxford Youth Debate Challenge.  Seoul,South Korea
  • July 2013. Co-design and co-delivery of  ‘Research Ethics Summer School’ at King Abdulaziz Medical City. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2011 - 2014. Consulting to Acacia Family Support, on an evaluation project of a new service to fathers, Acacia Dads.
  • June 2012. Guest lecturer on Postgraduate Summer School ‘Good Practice in Bioethics’.  University of Zurich, Switzerland. 
  • April 2011. Designed and delivered a week long Postgraduate Summer School on Empirical methods in Biomedical Ethics.  University of Zurich, Switzerland.  


Example publications

Jon has published over 40 articles in peer reviewed journals, and two book chapters.  He currently has a contract with Cambridge University Press, with Mikey Dunn and Alan Cribb, to produce an edited collection entitled "Empirical Bioethics: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives".

Ives J. (forthcoming)  Men, Maternity and Moral Residue: Negotiating the moral demands of the transition to first time fatherhood. Sociology of Health and Illness.

Ives J. (forthcoming).  Conceptualising the Deliberative Father: Compromise, progress and striving to do fatherhood well.  Families, Relationships and Societies.

Ives J. (2013) A method of reflexive balancing in a pragmatic, interdisciplinary and reflexive bioethics. Bioethics, DOI: 10.1111/bioe.12018

Sandhu A, Ives J, Birchwood M, Upthegrove R.  (2013) ‘The subjective experience and phenomenology of depression following first episode psychosis: a qualitative study using photo-elicitation’.  Journal of Affective Disorders. 149(1-3):166-174.

Draper H, Ives J. (2013). Men's involvement in antenatal care and labour: Rethinking a medical model.   Midwifery, 29(7):723-729

Ives, J. Redwood, S. Damery S. (2012) PPI, Paradoxes and Plato: Who’s sailing the ship?  Journal of Medical Ethics 39(3):181-185

Ives, J., Dunn, M. (2010) ‘Who’s arguing? A call for reflexivity in bioethics.’ Bioethics, 24(5): 256-265

Draper, H., Ives, J.  (2009) ‘Paternity testing: A poor test of fatherhood’.  Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 31(4):407-418. 

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  • Fathers and fatherhood roles
  • Fathers and antenatal/maternity healthcare