Doris Schroeder

Prof. Doris Schroeder

Director of Centre for Professional Ethics, Professor of Moral Philosophy

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB424

+44 (0) 1772 89 2550

Subject Areas: Ethics and the Community

Doris holds degrees in economics/management and philosophy/politics and specialises in questions of ethics & international justice. She is research active within the area of health and international justice and is a member of the Centre for Professional Ethics.

Full Profile

Prof. Doris Schroeder was educated in Germany and the United Kingdom at postgraduate level in business/economics and philosophy/politics. After a career in management for Warner Music, she worked at Lancaster University before joining UCLan's Centre for Professional Ethics in 2003. In 2004, she was made Director of the Centre, and awarded a professorship in 2006. A second professorship followed in 2007 from the University of Melbourne.

UCLan has been her main employer since 2003, but she also held/holds professorial appointments at the University of Melbourne (2007-12), the University of Oslo (2010-11), Charles Sturt University (Canberra) (2012-17) and UCLan Cyprus (since 2012).

Prof. Schroeder has been awarded a range of competitive funding (e.g. European Commission, Wellcome Trust) and merit awards (e.g. Queen's College Melbourne). She has been invited to present her research in China, India, Brazil, Canada, the US, South Africa, Cameroon, Kenya, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Japan, Belgium, Holland, the Vatican, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Denmark, Greece, Austria, Cyprus and Sweden.

Doris is the Lead Author of the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings.

Doris had recent articles published in The Conversation (dignity article, ethics dumping article), The Guardian, The Biologist, and Research Professional, as well as a radio interview with Radio Economist.


  • BA/MA, 1986, FH Aachen, Germany, Betriebswirtschaft (Business/Economics)
  • BA/MA , 1994, RWTH Aachen, Germany, Philosophy/English/Politics
  • PhD, 1998, University of Birmingham, Philosophy


Doris Schroeder, Kate Chatfield, Michelle Singh, Roger Chennells, Peter Herissone-Kelly (2019) Equitable Research Partnerships - A Global Code of Conduct to Counter Ethics Dumping, Springer, New York

Doris Schroeder Julie Cook, Francois Hirsch, Solveig Fenet, Vasantha Muthuswamy (eds) (2018) Ethics Dumping - Case Studies from North South Research Collaborations Springer, New York

Doris Schroeder and AH Bani-Sadr (2017) Dignity in the 21st Century – Middle East and West (2017), Springer Briefs, New York

Doris Schroeder and Eugenijus Gefenas E (2009) Vulnerability – Too Vague and Too Broad?, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Vol. 18(2)113-21).

More publications


  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie
  • Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (SD2)
  • Founding member of Academics Stand Against Poverty
  • Kollegium der Europäischen Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen, Germany
  • Member of the British Philosophical Association

Research Activities

Research interests are in global justice, benefit sharing, responsible research and innovation, human rights in medicine, access to medicines for the poor, and dignity.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

PhD Supervision, benefit sharing, health & human rights, health & applied ethics, responsible research and innovation.

Selected Projects

Horizon 2020, Creating and enhancing trustworthy, responsible and equitable partnerships in international research, Principal Investigator,  €2,650,960, 2016-2018. See website

European Research Council, Performance-based Innovation Rewards, Team applicant, €1,923,488, 2014-2019. See website

FP7, Principal Investigator, Promoting Global Responsible Research & Social and Scientific Innovation €1,486,664, 2013-2016. See website

GEST (2011 2014) Global Ethics in Science and Technology, funded by the European Commission under FP7

Developing Ethical Governance Systems for Benefit Sharing Trusts (2009-2010), Wellcome Trust; Principal Investigator

GenBenefit (2006-2010), Genomics and Benefit

Sharing with Developing Countries - From Biodiversity to Human Genomics, funded by the European Commission under Framework VI, Co-ordination Team

CLINT (2007-2009), Facilitating International Prospective Clinical Trials in Stem Cell Transplantation, funded by the European Commission.

Prior Informed Consent and Benefit Sharing (2006-2008), Wellcome Trust, Principal Investigator

BeSha (2004-2005), Benefit Sharing with Developing Countries, funded by the European Commission under Framework VI, Co-ordinator

Selected External Activities

2019, Co-Developer and Co-Author of Ethical Research. Epigeum, Oxford University Press, with Dr Kate Chatfield.
2018 -2019 UKCDR Safeguarding Advisory Group
Since 2018 Series Editor for SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance with Konstantinos Iatridis
2017 Member Expert Panel on EU Africa Workshop on Food Systems, European Commission
2016 Ethics Appraisal Process Review – Horizon 2020 with Julian Kinderlerer
2016 External Assessor of Research for Academy of Finland
2013 – 2014 Member Expert Panel on “Templates and standard ethics phrases for Horizon 2020”, European Commission
Since 2012 Expert Reviewer, European Research Council
Since 2007 External Assessor for the National Research Foundation South Africa
Since 2003 Expert Evaluator for European Commission, Science in Society
Since 2003 Ethics Reviewer for European Commission, including ERC
Since 2003 Chair of Ethics Review Panels for European Commission
2011 - 2016 Ethics & Society Interview Panel, Wellcome Trust
2011, 2012 Member Expert Panel, WHO Project, Grand Challenges in Genomics for Public Health in Developing Countries (Grand Challenges project).
2011 – 2012 Scientific Review Committee, EDCTP, "Support for the establishment and the strengthening of African National Ethics Committees or Institutional Review Boards", the Hague, Netherlands
2011 Member of Expert Consultation "Responsible Innovation", European Commission
2010 – 2011 European Commission Expert Group on "Ethical and Regulatory Challenges to Science and Research Policy at the Global Level"
2004 – 2010 Member of Food Ethics Council, UK
2010 – 2011 Chair "Ethics Review and Food-related Research", European Commission
2010 – 2011 Medical Humanities Funding Committee Member Wellcome Trust
2008 – 2010 International Governing Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the programme "Responsible Innovation"
2009 Member of Expert Panel "Ethics in Research and International Collaboration", European Commission
Since 2005 External Assessor of Research for the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO)
2003 – 2006 External Examiner, MA in Health Care Ethics, Leeds University
2001 – 2003 Ethics Advisor for "Functional Foods Project", European Academy, Germany

Honorary Appointments
2012 – 2017, Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia
2009 - 2012, Adjunct Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia
2009 - 2011, Visiting Fellow, CAPPE, Australian National University, Canberra