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.

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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.    


Edited books

  • Women and Violence: The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators (edited with Widdows, H.), Palgrave, 2015


  • “Should we genetically select for the beauty norm of fair skin?”, Health Care Analysis, 2017, online first, 1-23 
  • “Philosophical feminist bioethics: past, present and future” (Marway, H; Widdows, H.), Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 2015.
  •  “La gestation pour autrui commerciale: droit et éthique” (Commercial surrogacy: law and ethics), Travail, Genre et Sociétés, Nov. 2012, no. 28, pp. 173-181
  • “Scandalous subwomen and sublime superwomen: exploring portrayals of female suicide bombers’ agency”, Journal of Global Ethics, Dec. 2011, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 221-240

Book chapters

  • “Female suicide bombers and autonomy” in Women and Violence: The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators in Widdows, H., Marway, H. (eds.) Palgrave, 2015.
  • “Introduction” in Women and Violence: The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators in Widdows, H., Marway, H. (eds.) Palgrave, forthcoming 2015.
  • “Commodification of human tissue” (Marway, H.; Johnson, S-L.; Widdows, H.), in H.A.M.J. ten Have, B. Gordijn (eds.) (2014) Compendium and Atlas of Global Bioethics, pp. 581-598

Book reviews

  • “Book review: Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism: Six Global Issues (by W.L. Lee)”, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Nov. 2010, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 427–429.

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