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Andy Miah

  • PhD
  • Chair in Science Communication & Digital Media
  • University of Salford
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cyborgologytranshumanismposthumanismmedia studiescomputer gamesdigital cultureolympic gamesweb 2.0social mediaphilosophy of technologybioethics

About

My primary position is Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Director of the Creative Futures Institute at the University of the West of Scotland, at which all of my research engages with the aesthetic, ethical, cultural and policy issues arising from emerging technology. I have spent considerable time researching the Internet along with human enhancement technologies. I have been involved with numerous international projects in these areas, notably a European Parliament Science and Technology Options Assessment in Human Enhancement (2009); a United Kingdom Select Committee Inquiry into Human Enhancement Technologies in Sport (2007); a European Commission inquiry into Digital Futures (2012), a NBIC European Commission inquiry (2012) and numerous projects based at The Hastings Center, New York. I spend most of my time writing, giving talks, reading and teaching. I have an Honours degree in Science, a PhD in Bioethics and a Master Degree in Law, but there’s a lot more to it than these words. Within these degrees I also studied sociology, cultural studies, history of medicine, philosophy of technology and media theory. As a result of this exposure, my research expertise is best indicated by the category weighting of the posts in this website and broadly encompasses an interest in the implications of technological and scientific discoveries for humanity. There are two principal categories of ideas that inform this work: biology and computing. For an overview of how this all comes together for me, the best snapshot I can offer is my 2010 inaugral lecture at University of the West of Scotland. Areas that I’ve focused on recently include studying the implications of pervasive wireless connectivity, the convergence of scientific technological systems and the modification of biological matter through nanotechnology and gene transfer. Many of these studies are transdisciplinary and characterised as NBIC (nano-bio-info-cognitive) studies. Recent work has particularly examined the role of art and design in an era of biotechnology, often described as bioart or transgenic art or bioart. I have published around 120, solo-authored academic articles in refereed journals, books, e-zines, and national media press, recently including Bioethics and Film, Medical Enhancement and Posthumanity, and Politics and Leisure. I have also written for leading newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Guardian, Le Monde, the Times Higher Education Supplement. I have had profile pieces published on my work in The Scotsman, The Times and the Independent and have been interviewed for over 100 other media outlets, including Wired, Tone, and Andrew Marr’s Start the Week. I am frequently invited to speak about the implications of new technologies for humanity (the individual) and society (the collective), particularly ethical issues related to new media, biopolitics and public engagement. Often when contacted by journalists, their opening line says something about the difficulty with understanding which is my specialism. My reply is embodied within the new Creative Futures Institute, which I direct and speaks to the need for all manners of investigation to draw from a range of ideas to fully grasp the significane of anything. Scientists must read fiction, philosophers must sociology, academics must learn to communicate to the public. I am also involved with various projects that study non-sporting aspects of the Olympic movement and have been working in this area for over 10 years. I have undertaken primary data collection at the last 7 Olympic Games. The next phases of this research takes me to Sochi 2014. In relation to this work, I am also co-editor of the online, academic serial ‘Culture at the Olympics’

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Publications

The Medicalization of Cyberspace

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  • Rich E
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The Medicalization of Cyberspace

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Current anti-doping policy: a critical appraisal.

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  • Mauron A
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BMC medical ethics (2007)
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Viewpoint: Legalisation of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Lancet (2005)
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Genetically Modified Athletes: Biomedical Ethics, Gene Doping and Sport

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Professional experience

Chair in Science Communication & Digital Media

University Of Salford

October 2014 - Present

Director, Creative Futures Institute

University of the West of Scotland

August 2008 - Present

Education history

MPhil in Medical Law and Ethics

University of Glasgow

September 2003 - September 2005(2 years)

PhD in Bioethics & Culture

De Montfort University

September 1998 - March 2002(4 years)

BA (Hons)

De Montfort University

September 1994 - June 1997(3 years)