Dr Herjeet Marway

Dr Herjeet Marway

Department of Philosophy

Contact details

ERI Building, 156
Department of Philosophy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. My teaching and research relates to global issues in moral and political philosophy.


  • PhD, University of Birmingham


I joined the department as a lecturer in 2014, and was a teaching fellow here in 2013/14. Before that I worked as a consultant in industry.


I teach the following courses:

  • Prejudice, Race and Gender (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Global Bioethics (3rd year undergraduate)
  • Applied Ethics (1st year undergraduate)
  • Global Ethics II (postgraduate)

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to supervise on most areas of global ethics. I am especially interested in gender justice, bioethics, race justice, relational autonomy, and conflict.

Find out more - our PhD Philosophy  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research broadly addresses the theme of difficult choices in oppressive contexts, from a feminist and critical race perspective. I am interested in structural barriers that constrain particular groups, as well as the parameters of agency, such as resistance to oppression, within such contexts. As a philosopher who works in global ethics, I am drawn to applied ethics issues that extend beyond the nation state, that require a cross-disciplinary approach, and that particularly affect marginalised groups. More specifically, my research interests are threefold:

  1. Deradicalisation and relational autonomy. I work on the representation of women who are involved in violent groups and develop ways in which to better understand their agency using feminist conceptions of autonomy.
  2. Global bioethics. I work on the ethics of global surrogacy contracts, of the commodification of bodies, of genetic selection for non-disease traits such as skin colour, and of health provision. 
  3. Global gender and race justice. I am beginning to think more about global issues where gender and race intersect, including mental health, reparations, and identity.    


Recent publications


Marway, H & Widdows, H (eds) 2015, Women and Violence: The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators. Gender and Sexualities in the Social Sciences, 1 edn, Palgrave. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137015129


Marway, HK 2024, 'How Progressive are Multidimensional Accounts of Autonomy? Transnational Feminist-Friendly Amendments and a Critical Intersectional Relational Autonomy', Hypatia A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. https://doi.org/10.1017/hyp.2024.29

Marway, HK 2023, 'Procreative Justice and genetic selection for skin colour', Bioethics, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 389-398. https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.13140

Marway, H 2017, 'Should we genetically select for the beauty norm of fair skin?', Health Care Analysis, vol. 2018, pp. 246–268. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10728-017-0341-y

Widdows, H & Marway, H 2015, 'A Global Public Goods Approach to the Health of Migrants', Public Health Ethics, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 121-129. https://doi.org/10.1093/phe/phv013

Marway, H & Widdows, H 2015, 'Philosophical feminist bioethics: past, present and future', Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 165-174. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0963180114000474

Marway, H 2012, 'Commercial Surrogacy: Law and Ethics', Travail, genre et sociétés, vol. 28, pp. 173-181. https://doi.org/10.3917/tgs.028.0173

Marway, H 2011, 'Scandalous subwomen and sublime superwomen: exploring portrayals of female suicide bombers’ agency', Journal of Global Ethics, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 221-240. https://doi.org/10.1080/17449626.2011.635677

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Marway, H & Widdows, H 2015, Introduction. in H Widdows & H Marway (eds), Women and Violence: The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators. 1 edn, Gender and Sexualities in the Social Sciences, Palgrave, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137015129


Marway, H 2015, Female Suicide Bombers and Autonomy. in Women and Violence: The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators. 1 edn, Palgrave, pp. 110-128. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137015129

Widdows, H, Marway, H & Johnson, S-L 2014, Commodification of Human Tissue. in B Gordijin & HAMJ ten Have (eds), Handbook of Global Bioethics. Springer, Netherlands, pp. 581-598. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-2512-6_104

Book/Film/Article review

Marway, HK 2023, 'Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism against Family. Sophie Lewis. London: Verso, 2019 (ISBN: 978-1-78663-729-1)', Hypatia A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. https://doi.org/10.1017/hyp.2023.49

Other contribution

Edwards, E, Jones, S, Kenwright, E, Hennessy, F, Horsey, K, Mahmoud, Z, Marway, HK & Wade, K 2023, Care in surrogacy: Practice, ethics and regulations. International Journal of Birth and Parenting Education. <https://ijbpe.com/journals/supplements>

Marway, HK 2018, On genetic selection and skin colour. The Conversation (Online). <https://theconversation.com/companies-that-promise-to-lighten-baby-skin-colour-reinforce-prejudice-95024>

Marway, HK 2018, Surrogacy laws: why a global approach is needed to stop exploitation of women. The Conversation (Online). <https://theconversation.com/surrogacy-laws-why-a-global-approach-is-needed-to-stop-exploitation-of-women-98966>

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