Cardiff University

Description of the organisation

cardiff logoThe ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) was established in October 2002 as a collaboration between the Universities of Cardiff and Lancaster.  Cesagen is a multidisciplinary centre in which staff from social sciences and humanities work closely with natural and medical sciences to address the social, economic and policy aspects of developments in genomics.
Cesagen’s main objective is to investigate the economic and social factors that shape natural knowledge in genomics and other life sciences.  The Centre is directed by Professor Ruth Chadwick with Professor Adam Hedgecoe as Associate Director in Cardiff and Professor Maureen McNeil as Associate Director in Lancaster.
The Cesagen research programme for 2007-2012 builds upon the collective pool of evidence and skills, as well as the evidence base created by Cesagen and its Network partners in the first phase of funding. We are developing the framework for a coherent cross-disciplinary theoretical perspective built on sound methodological principles with which to further understand the post-genomic era.
We work with colleagues across the EGN and other networks to establish a coherent and complementary research agenda that recognises and encourages the strengths that have already been established. We continue to work closely with life scientists, clinicians, policy actors and other key stakeholders in partnership, and in mutual engagement with the complexities and uncertainties that the genomic era brings.


Profile of staff members

Ruth Chadwick is Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen): a Lancaster-Cardiff collaboration.  She holds a Link Chair at Cardiff University between the Law School and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy (ENCAP).


Recent publications relevant to the project

Lunshof, J.,  Chadwick, R., Vorhaus, D.  and Church, G.,  2008. From genetic privacy to open consent Nature Reviews Genetics 9: 406-411.
Chadwick, R, 2011. Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics  2nd edn. Oxford: Elsevier
Chadwick, R., ten Have, H.  and Meslin, E.  (eds) 2010 Handbook of Health Care Ethics Sage, 2011
Chadwick, R. 2004. Science, context and professional ethics. In: Korthals, M. and Bogers, R.J. eds. Ethics for life scientists. Vol. 5. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, pp. 175-182.
Häyry, M., Chadwick, R., Árnason, V. and Árnason, G., eds. 2007 The Ethics and Governance of Genetic Databases Cambridge University Press.