Research Goals

  1. Establish formal channels of communication, collaboration and two-way learning between UK and Korean bioethics scholars.
  2. Identify and develop mutual areas of research interest that would benefit from blending UK and Korean perspectives and approaches, including: End of life ethics; Research ethics; Family and Reproductive ethics.
  3. Identify, and develop mutual learning about, approaches to bioethics that will challenge and inform bioethics research practice and discourse in both Korea and the UK, including Confucian approaches and empirical bioethics methodology.
  4. Develop methodologies and approaches to undertaking bioethics research that enable bioethics researchers to identify and understand real problems and generate workable solutions, which can accommodate the needs and aims of both UK and Korean research and policy.

Research contents

  • Phase 1 - Mapping the terrain
    The aim of our mapping phase is to identify specific topics of mutual interest and expertise, which will form the basis of our collaboration.  The PI and UK collaborators’ current work suggests that there are three key areas around which our core interests converge and which are of national and international relevance.  These are (1) the ethics of end of life care (2) the ethics of reproduction and family healthcare and (3) the ethics of conducting research.  The main theme of this phase is ‘exchange’: exchange of concepts and issues, and consensus/dissension about them – this will be the foundation on which we build our research network.
  • Phase 2 - Framing approaches
    The main theme of this phase is ‘collaboration’: finding ways to collaborate using different theoretical approaches, ethical theories, and methodologies.  We will look closely at the aims that bioethics research has and should have, and consider how different methodological and theoretical approaches can be used and combined to meet those aims. We anticipate that a synthesis of Korean and Western concepts and norms will be developed in this phase, which may involve reaffirmation or adjustment/adaption of cultural and disciplinary values.
  • Phase 3 - Shaping Bioethics research
    The aim of phase three is to develop the outcomes from phase two into actionable research projects through the generation of funding bids to carry out collaborative research.  By this time, we will have established excellent working relationships and have a track record in publication as a network – which will strengthen our grant seeking activity.


All the members of the research group have a track record of strong collaboration, which will contribute to a successful collaboration in this GRN-BRIDGES.


Ilhak Lee

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor in Yonsei University


Myongsei Sohn

Collaborator Researcher

Professor in Yonsei University


So Yoon Kim

Collaborator Researcher

Professor in Yonsei University


Kyungsuk Choi

Collaborator Researcher

Associate Professor in Ewah Women’s University

Richard Huxtable

Collaborator Researcher

Professor in University of Bristol


Jonathan Ives

Collaborator Researcher

Senior Lecturer in University of Bristol



Seung Gyeong Jang

PhD Student in Yonsei University


SeungJu Baek

Master’s course Student in Yonsei University