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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Adele Langlois

Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, Adèle studied biological anthropology (BA Hons) at Cambridge University, followed by politics and international relations (MA) at Brock University in Canada. In 2008 she completed her PhD (funded by the Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Programme) at The Open University’s Development Policy and Practice group, where she was a member of Innogen, the ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics. She held a Biomedical Ethics Fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology as part of her doctoral studies, during which she wrote a policy briefing for MPs and Peers on research ethics in developing countries. After a year back at Cambridge as a Research Associate, Adèle joined the University of Lincoln in September 2009. Adèle’s research is on the global governance of bioethics and human genetics, particularly at UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. She investigates its three declarations on bioethics and genetics - the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights (1997), the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data (2003) and the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005) - and the role developing countries have played in the negotiation and implementation of these declarations. To this end she has conducted research in Kenya, South Africa and France. More recently, Adèle has been following UNESCO’s debate on whether we need an international convention to ban human reproductive cloning. Her book, “Negotiating Bioethics: The Governance of the UNESCO Bioethics Programme” (Routledge, Genetics and Society series, August 2013), explores her findings from both projects. It can be downloaded for free at (Open Access availability funded by The Wellcome Trust). Adèle is also working on a project on the ethics of ambulance-based trials with colleagues Niro Siriwardena and Stephanie Armstrong. Between her degrees, Adèle worked for various different organisations: as a student worker at a church in Cambridge, at the Island Archives Service in Guernsey and in the International Development department of Christian Aid in London. Outside of work, she is a keen amateur sportswoman and violinist and is an active member of her local church. Adèle would keen to hear from students interested in pursuing a PhD in global health, global governance and/or bioethics. In 2018-19 I am on maternity leave.

Department Responsibilities

Programme Leader MA International Relations Module coordination: Global Conflicts and Contexts (1st yr), Global Governance (3rd yr) Ethics: Ethics Lead for the School of Social and Political Sciences and a member of the University Research Ethics Committee, the College Research Ethics Committee and the Psychology Research Ethics Committee (2010-2017); member of the University Ethics Working Group; Deputy Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee (NB these are suspended while I am on maternity leave)

Subject Specialism

International Relations


  • PGCE Higher Education Teaching and Learning — University of Lincoln, 2014
  • PhD (The UNESCO Genetics and Bioethics Declarations: Implications for Global Governance) — The Open University, 2008
  • MA in Political Science — Brock University, Canada, 2001
  • BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology — Cambridge University, 1999


  • Programme of the Year (International Relations) — Lincoln SU,
  • Bright Ideas Fellowship — Genomics Forum, Edinburgh,


Adèle has conducted reviews for the following: Book series - Genetics and Society (Routledge), Global Policy (Wiley-Blackwell) Journals - European Journal of International Relations, Journal of International Development, Global Policy, Science and Public Policy, Social Policy and Society, Third World Quarterly, BMC Medical Ethics, Palgrave Communications Funders - Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, Swiss National Science Federation Adèle was External Examiner for the Open University module Development: Context and Practice (MA level) 2013-2016

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Research Interests

  • bioethics

  • global governance

  • global health

  • human genetics


Research Projects

  • Wellome Trust Humanities and Social Science Seed Award (ref 110488): £49,681 (2016) — in
  • Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Programme Small Grant (ref 096024): £4,985 (2011) — in
  • Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Programme POST Fellowship (ref 083339): £6,779 (2008) — in
  • Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Programme Studentship (ref 075315): £61,860 (2004-7) — in
  • International Studies Association Travel Grants: $300 (2008 and 2010) — in

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • BioCentre — Fellow
  • Innogen — Research Associate
  • ISA Global Health Section
  • BISA Global Health Working Group
  • Palgrave Communications — Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board