John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham

Heather Widdows is a leading international researcher across applied ethics. In 2005 she was awarded a visiting fellowship at Harvard University, where she worked on issues of moral neo-colonialism. She has led a number of funded projects on issues of property in the body; reproductive rights; human tissue; war on terror and ownership and governance of the genome. Her primary project is on the moral philosophy of beauty and she holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (two years from Oct 2014) to complete her book Perfect Me! (under contract with Princeton University Press).

Currently Heather serves as a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and is also on the REF Philosophy Sub-Panel. Previously she was a member of UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council (2007 to 2013) and co-lead 'Saving Humans' one of the two inagural themes of the University of Birmingham's Institute of Advanced Studies.


  • –present
    Professor of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham