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Dr Mairi Levitt

Dr Mairi Levitt

Senior Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 593596
Office hours: My office hours are Tuesday 11-12 noon and Thursday 11-12 noon.

Affiliations

Centre for Bioethics and Medical Law

My research is in the field of  bioethics, especially focused on the ethical and social implications of genetics and medical technologies. I am interested in public perceptions of genetic research and technologies, including children and young people's perceptions  as well as those of adults and experts.  My recent research and publications include the ethics of 'making better humans', the relevance of 'criminal genes' to professional practice, children on the National DNA database and lay perceptions of nature and nurture and their role in behaviour. I am interested in the way health policy and information is communicated to publics, for example, in health promotion.   My second research area, which is related to lay people's ethics and to education, is focused on religiosity and religious education in schools.

PhD Supervision Interests

Bioethics (especially in the field of genetics)
Empirical ethics
Public understanding of science
Religion and education

Current Teaching

PPR 242 Religion and Society

PPR 356 Religion in Schools

PPR 392b Ethics and Genetics

PPR.457 Social and Ethical Issues in Human Genetics

Research Interests

Current and recent projects

2010 Perceptions of Nature and Nurture. A pilot project (Cesagen ESRC funded).

2006-07'Criminal Genes and Public Policy'. Principal Investigator (Cesagen ESRC funded project).

2006-07 'Making better humans?' Principal Investigator. Collaborative project with the North West Genetics Knowledge Park (NOWGEN) under research theme 'Ethical, legal and social dimensions of genetics'

Profile

Career details

I came to Lancaster in 2004 as Deputy Director of Cesagen, an ESRC funded research centre. Before that I was a researcher and then a lecturer at the Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire (1993-2004), a lecturer at the College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth (1981-93) and a course tutor for the Open University (1980-90). In the brief time between being a student and a lecturer I worked for an educational publisher.

Other activities

I am on the editorial boards of Bioethics, New Genetics and Society, Health Care Analysis and Genetics, Society and Policy. I have been a member of staff on summer schools on bioethical issues in Cluj, Wuhan and Amsterdam. My interest in engaging with the public on genetic technology and its implications has taken me to Finland and China (for the British Council), Yakutsk (with a UNESCO delegation) and to Science Festivals,schools, rotary clubs etc in the UK.

Office Hours

My office hours are Tuesday 11-12 noon and Thursday 11-12 noon.

2014

The right to know and the right not to know: genetic privacy and responsibility

Chadwick, R. (ed.), Levitt, M. (ed.) & Shickle, D. (ed.) 09/2014 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 216 p. (Bioethics and Law)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The perfect pupil: changing aims and changing measures of success in school RE

Levitt, M. & Muir, F. 2014 In: British Journal of Religious Education. 36, 2, p. 218-233 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Perceptions of nature, nurture and behaviour

Levitt, M. 12/12/2013 In: Life Sciences, Society and Policy. 9, 1, 11 p.13

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Genes, environment and responsibility for violent behaviour: ‘Whatever genes one has it is preferable that you are prevented from going around stabbing people’

Levitt, M. 2013 In: New Genetics and Society. 32, 1, p. 4-17 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Genetics and crime

Levitt, M. 2012 Encyclopedia of applied ethics. Chadwick, R. (ed.). 2nd ed. ed. San Diego: Elsevier, Vol. 2, p. 462-469 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

2011

Educating the public to encourage organ donation?

Levitt, M. 03/2011 Organ shortage: ethics law and pragmatism. Farrell, A-M., Price, D. P. T. & Quigley, M. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 52-66 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Relating to participants: how close do biobanks and donors really want to be?

Levitt, M. 2011 In: Health Care Analysis. 19, 3, p. 220-230 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Making human better and making better humans.

Levitt, M. & O'Neill, F. K. 2010 In: Genomics, Society and Policy. 6, 1, p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Health and wealth, law and order: banking DNA against disease and crime.

Tutton, R. & Levitt, M. 2010 Genetic suspects: global governance of forensic DNA profiling and databasing. Hindmarsh, R. & Prainsack, B. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 85-104 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

Bioethics: an export product? Reflections on hands-on involvement in exploring the “External” validity of international bioethical declarations.

Levitt, M. & Zwart, H. 09/2009 In: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 6, 3, p. 367-377 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

‘It could just be an additional test couldn’t it?’: genetic testing for susceptibility to aggression and violence

Levitt, M. & Pieri, E. 06/2009 In: New Genetics and Society. 28, 2, p. 189-200 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Risky individuals and the politics of genetic research into aggressiveness and violence.

Pieri, E. & Levitt, M. 11/2008 In: Bioethics. 22, 9, p. 509-518 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

My genes made me do it? The implications of behavioural genetics for responsibility and blame

Levitt, M. & Manson, N. 2007 In: Health Care Analysis. p. 33-40 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Forensic databases: benefits and ethical and social costs.

Levitt, M. 09/2007 In: British Medical Bulletin. 83, 1, p. 235-248 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Review of 'Wrestling with behavioural genetics, science ethics and public conversations'.

Levitt, M. 05/2006 In: Genomics, Society & Policy. 2, 1, p. 132-133 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Bar-coded children: an exploration of issues around the inclusion of children on the England and Wales National DNA database.

Levitt, M. & Tomasini, F. 2006 In: Genomics Society and Policy. 2, 1, p. 41-56 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Perspectives on public engagement

Levitt, M. 10/2006 In: ESRC Genomics Network Newsletter. 4, p. 12

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Behavioural genetics and risk of 'criminality': Commentary.

Levitt, M. 10/2006 In: BioNews. 378

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Genetic technology: a threat to deafness?

Chadwick, R. & Levitt, M. 2006 Bioethics: an anthology. Kuhse, H. & Singer, P. (eds.). Malden, MA; Oxford: Blackwell, p. 137-144 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

Gene week: a novel way of consulting the public.

Levitt, M., Weiner, K. & Goodacre, J. 01/2005 In: Public Understanding of Science. 14, 1, p. 67-79 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A well placed trust? Public perceptions of the governance of DNA databases.

Levitt, M. & Weldon, S. 12/2005 In: Critical Public Health. 15, 4, p. 311-321 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ethical Issues: Overview

Levitt, M. & Williams, G. 2005 Encyclopedia of social measurement. Kempf-Leonard, K. (ed.). London: Elsevier, Vol. 1, p. 815-825 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Overcritical, overfriendly?: A dialogue between a sociologist and a philosopher on genetic technology and its applications.

Levitt, M. & Hayry, M. 11/2005 In: Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. 8, 3, p. 377-383 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Stimulating public debate on the ethical and social implications of the new genetics

Levitt, M., Weiner, K. & Goodacre, J. 2004 Engaging the World: The Use of Empirical Research in Bioethics and Regulation of Biotechnology. Holm, S. & Jonas, M. (eds.). Amsterdam: IOS Press, p. 109-118 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Gene Shop at Manchester Airport

Levitt, M. 2004 Reconfiguring Nature: Issues and debates in the new genetics. Glasner, P. (ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 15-28 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Complementarity rather than integration

Levitt, M. 2004 In: Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy. 7, 1, p. 81-83 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Public databases and privat(ised) property? A UK study of perceptions of privacy in relation to population based human genetic databases.

Weldon, S. & Levitt, M. 2004 Blood and data. Ethical, legal and social aspects of human genetic databases. Arnson, G., Nordal, S. & Arnason, V. (eds.). Reykjavik: University of Iceland Press and Centre for Ethics, p. 181-186 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Assisted Reproduction: Managing an Unruly Technology.

Levitt, M. 03/2004 In: Health Care Analysis. 12, 1, p. 41-49 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

Public consultation in bioethics. What's the point of asking the public when they have neither scientific or ethical expertise?

Levitt, M. 03/2003 In: Health Care Analysis. 11, 1, p. 15-25 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Better together? Sociological and philosophical perspectives on bioethics

Levitt, M. 2003 Scratching the Surface of Bioethics. Matti, H. & Takala, T. (eds.). Amsterdam: Rodopi, p. 19-27 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

'Just because we can do something doesn't mean we should': young people's responses to biotechnology

Levitt, M. 2003 The Reordering of Nature: Theology, society, and the new genetics. Deane-Drummond, C., Grove-White, R. & Szerszynski, B. (eds.). London: T&T Clark, 368 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Where are the Men and Boys? The Gender Imbalance in the Church of England.

Levitt, M. 2003 In: Journal of Contemporary Religion. 18, 1, p. 61-75 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Let the consumer decide? The regulation of commercial genetic testing.

Levitt, M. I. 1/11/2001 In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 27, 6, p. 398-403 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

'Not so wrong that we are prepared to threaten the whole service': The regulation of reproductive technologies in the UK

Levitt, M. 2001 In: Human Reproduction and Genetic Ethics. 7, 2, p. 45-51 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

The Gene Shop at Manchester Airport

Levitt, M. 2000 In: New Genetics & Society. 19, 1, p. 79-89 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Genetic Technology: a threat to deafness

Chadwick, R. & Levitt, M. 1999 In: Journal of Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy. 1, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The social and cultural significance of organ transplantation

Levitt, M. 1999 In: Archives of Hellenic Medicine. 16, 3, p. 283-287 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The ethics and impact on behaviour of knowledge about one's own genome

Levitt, M. 1999 In: BMJ. 319, p. 1283-1290 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Drawing Limits: contemporary views on biotechnology

Levitt, M. 1999 In: Journal of Beliefs & Values. 20, 1, p. 41-50 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1998

Ethical Issues in Community Health Care

Chadwick, R., Levitt, M., Chadwick, R. (ed.) & Levitt, M. (ed.) 1998 London: Arnold. 152 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Genetic Screening and Ethics: European Perspectives

Chadwick, R., ten Have, H., Husted, J., Levitt, M., McGleenan, T., Shickle, D. & Weising, U. 1998 In: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 23, 3, p. 255-273 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1997

Complementarity: multidisciplinary research in bioethics

Chadwick, R. & Levitt, M. 1997 Bioethics Research: Policy, Methods and Strategies Proceedings of a European Conference (Roma 23-25 Nov. 1995). Gindro, S., Bracalenti, R. & Mordini, E. (eds.). Roma: European Commission, p. 73-82 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Religion in Schools

Levitt, M. & Pollard, G. 1997 Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. Chadwick, R. (ed.). San Diego: Academic Press, Vol. 3, p. 809-816 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Professions in crisis: the ethical response

Chadwick, R. & Levitt, M. 1997 Ethics in Crisis. Scally, J. (ed.). Dublin: Veritas, p. 55-65 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Biotechnology and young citizens: Biocult in New Zealand and Japan

Levitt, M., Macer, D., Obata, H., Bezar, H. & Daniels, K. 1997 In: Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics. 7, 4, p. 111-114 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The right to know and the right not to know

Chadwick, R. (ed.), Levitt, M. (ed.) & Shickle, D. (ed.) 1997 Aldershot: Avebury. 101 p. (Avebury Series in Philosophy)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

The End of Deafness? Deaf People, Deaf Genes and Deaf Ethics

Chadwick, R. & Levitt, M. 1997 In: Deaf Worlds. 13, 2, p. 2-9 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Natural ways are better: adolescents and the anti-obesity gene

Levitt, M. 1997 In: Science and Engineering Ethics. 3, 3, p. 305-315 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1996

Nursing, education and values: a sociological perspective

Levitt, M. 1996 Themes and Perspectives in Nursing, 2nd ed. Soothill, K., Henry, C. & Kendrick, K. (eds.). London: Chapman & Hall, p. 325-340 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Nice when they are young: Contemporary Christianity in families and schools

Levitt, M. 1996 Aldershot: Avebury. 171 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

EUROSCREEN: ethical and philosophical issues of genetic screening in Europe

Chadwick, R. & Levitt, M. 1996 In: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London. 30, 1, p. 67-69 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1995

Cultural and social attitudes to biotechnology: analysis of the arguments with special reference to the views of young people

Levitt, M., Chadwick, R., Whitelegg, M., Häyry, H., Häyry, M. & Lunshof, J. 1995 Directorate General, Science Research and Development, EUR 18491 EN EUROPEAN COMMISSION.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Higher Education and Values

Levitt, M. 1995 Professional Ethics and Organisational Change. Henry, C. (ed.). London: Edward Arnold, p. 67-75 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

When Drug Treatment in the Elderly is not cost-effective: An Ethical Dilemma in an Environment of Healthcare Rationing

Chadwick, R. & Levitt, M. 1995 In: Drugs and Aging. 7, 6, p. 416-441 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

'The church is very important to me'. A consideration of the relevance of Francis's "Attitude Towards Christianity" scale to the aims of Church of England aided schools

Levitt, M. 1995 In: British Journal of Religious Education. 17, 2, p. 100-107 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sexual identity and religious socialisation

Levitt, M. 1995 In: British Journal of Sociology. 46, 3, p. 529-536 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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