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Caroline A B Redhead

Research Fellow, Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, University of Manchester

I am an early career postdoctoral research fellow. Until September, 2020, I was a practising commercial solicitor, working primarily for education and charity clients and advising on organisational and corporate governance matters, contracts / contractual relationships, and data protection / privacy issues.

I have an LLM in Child Law, and recently (February, 2020) completed a PhD in Pallative Care, exploring the relationship between ethics and social change in the context of legislation and policy, and particularly the influence of legal consciousness, on the way in which the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is understood by hospice staff making decisions for patients who lack capacity to decide for themselves. My Masters dissertation considered children's autonomy in making mental- and medical-health treatment decisions.

My research interests lie broadly in the dynamic interplay between law, ethics (particularly bioethics) and social change. I am particularly interested in decision-making processes and practices, and how legal and ethical frameworks are interpreted by people in their everyday lives.


  • 2022–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Manchester
  • 2020–2022
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Liverpool


  • 2020 
    Lancaster University, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • The Law Society