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Dr Adèle Langlois

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

01522 886202

School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool

Adèle is Senior Lecturer in International Relations. 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. 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 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 at UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. She is particularly concerned with 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. She also has research interests in global health governance.

Associated publications

Langlois, Adele (2014) The global polio eradication initiative in India: an analysis of international and national level perspectives on its efficacy. Journal of Health Diplomacy.

Langlois, Adele (2014) The UNESCO Bioethics Programme: a review. The New Bioethics, 20 (1). pp. 3-11. ISSN: 2050-2877

Completed research


Langlois, A (2007) ‘Crossing places in bioethics regulation: Kenya and beyond’ in Charlotte Baker and Zoë Norridge (eds.), ‘Crossing places: new research in African studies’, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, pp 114‑127

Langlois, A (2011) ‘The global governance of bioethics: negotiating UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005)’, Global Health Governance 5 (1) 1‑23

Smajdor, A., Baldock, E., Ives, J., Langlois, A (2008) ‘Editorial: Getting from the ethical to the empirical and back again: the danger of getting it wrong, and the possibilities for getting it right’, Health Care Analysis 16 (1) 7‑16

Langlois, A (2008) ‘Research ethics in developing countries’, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology POSTnote 304