Dr Nicola Williams

Senior Research Associate


Nicola Williams joined the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at the University of Lancaster in September 2014. Her research background is in the fields of Philosophy and Politics and her main academic interests lie in questions of reproductive ethics, personal identity and intergenerational justice. She graduated from The University of Reading in 2008 with a BA in Politics and Philosophy, The University of York in 2010 with an MA in Practical Ethics, and The University of Manchester in 2015 with a PhD in Bioethics and Medical Jurisprudence.

She is currently working on the Wellcome Funded Project: The Donation and Transfer of Reproductive materials and her most recent research has thus focused on ethical questions surrounding human reproductive tissue donation and, more specifically, on the ethics of uterine transplantation. Her other recent research focuses on questions of pre-natal harm, social and distributive justice, and reproduction.

The Ethics of Uterus Transplantation
Williams, N.J., Scott, R., Wilkinson, S.D. 31/10/2018 In: Bioethics. 32, 8, 3 p.

Positioning Uterus Transplantation as a ‘More Ethical’ Alternative to Surrogacy?: Exploring Symmetries between UTx and Surrogacy Through Analysis of a Swedish Government White Paper
Guntram, L., Williams, N.J. 10/2018 In: Bioethics. 32, 8, p. 509-518. 9 p.
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Uterine Transplantation in Transgender Women
Jones, B., Williams, N.J., Saso, S., Thum, M., Quiroga, I., Yazbek, J., Wilkinson, S.D., Ghaem-Magami, S., Thomas, P., Smith, R. 20/08/2018 In: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
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Deceased Donation in Uterus Transplantation Trials: Novelty, Consent, and Surrogate Decision Making
Williams, N.J. 24/07/2018 In: American Journal of Bioethics. 18, 7, p. 18-20. 3 p.
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Choosing Deafness?: A Liberal Exploration of the Legal Prohibition on Selection For Disability in England and Wales
Williams, N.J. 5/04/2018 In: Contemporary Issues in Law.
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On harm thresholds and living organ donation: must the living donor benefit, on balance, from his donation?
Williams, N.J. 03/2018 In: Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. 21, 1, p. 11-22. 12 p.
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The donation and sale of human eggs and sperm: Summer 2017 Edition
Brandt, R., Wilkinson, S.D., Williams, N.J. 30/06/2017 In: Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy. The Metaphysics Research Lab, Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University
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Harms to 'others' and the selection against disability view
Williams, N. 1/04/2017 In: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 42, 2, p. 154-183. 30 p.
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Public funding, social change and uterus transplants
Wilkinson, S.D., Williams, N.J. 09/2016 In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 42, 9, 2 p.

Should uterus transplants be publicly funded?
Wilkinson, S., Williams, N. 09/2016 In: Journal of Medical Ethics. 42, 9, p. 559-565. 7 p.
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Should deceased donation be morally preferred in uterine transplantation trials?
Williams, N. 07/2016 In: Bioethics. 30, 6, p. 415-424. 10 p.
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Should the NHS pay for womb transplants?
Wilkinson, S.D., Williams, N.J. 4/12/2015 The Conversation

What is the harm in harmful conception?: on threshold harms in non-identity cases
Williams, N., Harris, J. 10/2014 In: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. 35, 5, p. 337-351. 15 p.
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Possible persons and the problem of prenatal harm
Williams, N. 12/2013 In: Journal of Ethics. 17, 4, p. 355-385. 31 p.
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