Camillia Kong

Camillia joined NEUROSEC in September 2017 as a Senior Researcher, and lead member of the Oxford Global Initiative in Neuropsychiatric GenEthics (NeuroGenE).

Camillia obtained her PhD from the London School of Economics and held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oxford’s Ethox Centre.

Camillia’s research interests are in moral and political philosophy in both analytic and continental traditions of thought. She has broad interests in the history of moral and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, normative ethics, and hermeneutics.

Camillia’s recently published research has focused on philosophical issues around practical agency and ethical obligation as applied to medical and psychiatric practice, disability studies, mental capacity and medical law. Her book, Mental Capacity in Relationship: Decision-making, Dialogue, and Autonomy (Cambridge Bioethics and Law. Cambridge University Press, 2017), utilises philosophical resources to argue for a relational concept of mental capacity in theory and practice. A practical translation of this work (co-written with Alex Ruck Keene), Overcoming Challenges in the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Practical Guidance for Working with Complex Issues, is forthcoming with Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2018.


  • The ethics of global psychiatric genomics: Multilayered challenges to integrating genomics in global mental health and disability-A position paper of the Oxford Global Initiative in Neuropsychiatric GenEthics (NeuroGenE).

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    Psychiatric genomics has the potential to radically improve the prevention and early intervention of serious mental and neurodevelopmental disorders worldwide. However, little work has been done on the ethics of psychiatric genomics—an oversight that could result in poor local uptake, reduced practical/clinical application, and ethical violations in this rapidly developing area of scientific research. As part of the Global Project of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, the Global Initiative in Neuropsychiatric GenEthics (NeuroGenE) based at the University of Oxford aims to embed ethical inquiry within scientific investigation and engage with fundamental ethical questions around a psychiatric genomics approach to mental and neurodevelopmental disorder. This position paper sets out the core aims of the NeuroGenE research programme and explores the importance of a crosscutting research orientation in this field based on multidisciplinary methodologies which can ensure that efforts to translate and apply global psychiatric genomics in public policy and clinical practice are ethically grounded strategies, respectful of different cultures and contexts.