Dr Alya Khan is a Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics in the School of Social Professions and the School of Human Sciences at London Met. Alya has a BA (Hons) and an MPhil in Philosophy from University College London where she specialised in ethics and political philosophy and wrote her dissertation on gender and political obligation. Her PhD in Philosophy from Birkbeck College London investigates conceptualisations of personal autonomy, with a focus on relational and feminist accounts of autonomy.
She currently leads on applied ethics teaching in the two schools, with a focus on healthcare ethics and medical ethics in professional practice. Previously she taught moral and political philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at London Met, as well as philosophy courses at the City Literary Institute and at Birkbeck College’s Department for Continuing Education. She is on the executive committee of the Society for Women in Philosophy, UK, and is a member of the International Network of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, amongst other affiliations.
Alya is the course leader for the Health and Social Care BSc at London Met. She has developed and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Healthcare Ethics, Ethics and Research in Professional Contexts, Bioethics and Ethical Issues in Biomedical Sciences to a wide range of students, many of whom are preparing for professional roles in healthcare practice, biomedical and genetic research, and public health management and policymaking. Alya supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects in both schools.
Her research interests include investigating normative ethical and political concepts and principles as they are applied within everyday socio-cultural contexts. She has a particular interest in thinking about the concept of autonomy as it’s applied in health contexts, broadly construed, and argues for a relational approach to understanding autonomous decision-making in healthcare and biomedicine. She has explored dilemmas in reproductive health, considering matters of rights in this area, especially for vulnerable groups and those amongst the least advantaged in different societies. She also has research interests in public philosophy and sociology, and in critical pedagogy and teaching for social justice, which she brings to the fore her teaching and research practice.
Public Sociology: Working at the Interstices
John Gabriel, Jenny Harding, Peter Hodgkinson, Liz Kelly and Alya Khan – The American Sociologist Vol 40, No 4 (Dec, 2009), pp 309–331
Dr Alya Khan
Senior Lecturer in health ethics