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Dr Stephanie Johnson is a medically trained bioethicists and health social scientist working in the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities and the Ethox Centre.

What is your main area(s) of interest/expertise?

The ethics of genomics and infectious disease, and social and ethical issues associated with the transmission of infectious disease. This includes understanding social norms and identifying and understanding practical ethical issues associated with technologies that can be used to identify and track disease transmission.

What are you working on right now?

I am working on a longitudinal interview-based study that explores how the COVID-19 pandemic affects citizens in the United Kingdom and in eight other European countries, in collaboration with the University of Vienna. The project adds to current research on the socio-economic impacts of the crisis by examining how, and why, people change their personal actions and behaviours in times of a pandemic. I am also working with a group of colleagues to examine the ethical issues associated digital and AI enabled tools that are being adopted to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in particular, the use of tracking smartphone applications to support traditional strategies such as quarantine and self-isolation. 

Why is Oxford a good place to work in this field of research?

As ethicists at Oxford and in particular within the Big Data Institute, where our centre is based,  we have well established relationships and collaborations with clinicians, health data scientists and other disciplines. This  allows us to engage with cutting edge issues as they emerge, so our work can keep pace with developing science and practice.

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