Dr Alya Khan is Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Life Sciences and Computing at London Metropolitan University.
Alya has a BA (Hons) and an MPhil in Philosophy from University College London, where she specialised in political philosophy and ethics and wrote her dissertation on gender and political obligation; her PhD In Philosophy from Birkbeck College London, entitled A ‘Good Enough’ Autonomy: Personal Autonomy as Social Practice, investigates conceptualisations of personal autonomy with a focus on relational and feminist accounts.
She has developed and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Healthcare Ethics, Bioethics and Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science to a wide range of social science and life science students, many of whom are preparing for professional roles in healthcare practice, biomedical and genetic research, and public health policymaking. She also designed and teaches a postgraduate module in Gender & Human Rights on the MA/LLM in Human Rights and Social Justice.
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 health ethics. 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.
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 and the Network for European Women’s Rights, amongst other affiliations.
Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics