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Dr John Troyer - August 2017

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Dr John Troyer is the Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath (www.bath.ac.uk/cdas). His interdisciplinary research focuses on contemporary memorialization practices, post-mortem bioethics, and the dead body’s relationship with technology. Dr Troyer is also a theatre director and installation artist with extensive experience in site-specific performance across the United States and Europe. He is a co-founder of the Death Reference Desk website (http://www.deathreferencedesk.org), the Future Cemetery Project (http://www.futurecemetery.org) and a frequent commentator for the BBC. His father, Ron Troyer, is an American Funeral Director.

View Dr John Troyer's Public Lecture Video Recording on 30 August 2017 here.

Dr John Troyer's Scopus Profile



John Coggon - August 2016

John Coggon is Professor of Law at the University of Bristol and an Honorary Member of the UK’s Faculty of Public Health. His primary research and teaching interests are in Public Health Ethics and Law, on which his leading publication is the book What Makes Health Public? (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Prior to working in Bristol, Dr Coggon was Professor of Law and the Philosophy of Public Health at the University of Southampton. His works examine conceptual and normative questions regarding public and global health broadly conceived, as well as narrower matters within the context of health care law.

John Coggon's SSRN profile

Sheelagh McGuinness - July 2016

Sheelagh McGuinness was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol's SchoolSheelagh McGuinness of Law in 2015. Prior to this she held appointments at the University of Birmingham and Keele University. Sheelagh is interested in the fields of health law, law and reproduction, and law and gender. She has published across these areas in law, ethics, and health care journals. In September 2016 Sheelagh will start working on an ESRC funded project examining issues of reproductive loss entitled Death before Birth: Understanding, informing and supporting the choices made by people who have experienced miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth. Her public service roles include being a member of the Independent Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank and a member of the Medical Ethics Committee of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Sheelagh is on the editorial board of Feminist Legal Studies.

Sheelagh McGuiness's SSRN profile