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Simona Giordano

Research with humanity with Simona Giordano

Reader in Bioethics, School of Law (now part of the School of Social Sciences)

A world examined through academic eyes can be seen as detached, but Simona Giordano weaves humanity through her work, which considers individuals who could be seen as outsiders to society and themselves.

The discipline of bioethics has many sharp moving parts, which Simona navigates with grace. Her research alighted on eating disorders, the signifiers of what it is to be thin, the religious and spiritual factors around control, and the representation of thinness in art and media.  “The more I work on this, the more I find,” she explained, adding that she is motivated by the desire to understand this condition and help sufferers. As a qualified exercise instructor, Simona has been able to see the problem from various perspectives.

My work is not mainstream bioethics research, it’s not just psychology, it’s not just philosophy, and it’s not sociology. Even if your work does not fit exactly in one category, it can still be useful to people

Simona Giordano / Reader in Bioethics

Simona’s compassion led her to her current research on transgender children after attending a conference on the ethical issues of puberty suspension on behalf of a colleague. She was five-months pregnant and recently single at the time, a factor she believes led to her engagement with the topic on another level than purely as an academic.

She wrote a book using fairy tales to open up the discussion of what it is to be a transgender child, relating well-known narratives to being gender diverse, using this as a starting point to discuss what trans children and their families can expect from medicine and society.

“My work is not mainstream bioethics research, it’s not just psychology, it’s not just philosophy, and it’s not sociology. Even if your work does not fit exactly in one category, it can still be useful to people.”