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John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

Heather Widdows is the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (Impact) at the University of Birmingham. She is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Deputy Chair of the Philosophy sub-panel for REF 2021. She is author of; The Connected Self: The Ethics and Governance of the Genetic Individual (2103), Global Ethics: An Introduction (2011), and The Moral Vision of Iris Murdoch (2005). Her most recent book is Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal (2018). She has co-edited, with Darrel Moellendorf, The Routledge Handbook of Global Ethics (2014), co-runs the Beauty Demands Network and Blog ( and founded the #everydaylookism project (


  • –present
    Professor of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham