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Christian Munthe

PROFESSOR

Philosophy and Philology
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Fax
+46 31-786 48 53
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Room number
J564
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Christian Munthe

Christian Munthe conducts research and expert consultation on ethics, value and policy issues arising in the intersection of health, science & technology, the environment and society. He is elected member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg. 2016-18, he was faculty elected member of the board of the University of Gothenburg, and a 2019 Nobel Week Dialogue Panelist.

Munthe has developed a cross-disciplinary approach, collaborating with researchers and practitioners from, e.g., medicine and care, environmental-, natural and technological science, economics, law and politics. He is a frequently commissioned expert by public agencies in Sweden and abroad, and a source and particpant in media reporting and debates within his area of expertise. He also engages with the public through the blog Philosophical Comment and Twitter.

Research Munthe has published 9 academic books and over 60 research articles or book chapters. Some recent books are:

Additionally, he has published a string of works on the ethics of person centered care and shared decision making, forensic psychiatry and related legal systems, reproductive and family ethics, and public health ethics. He has edited special issues and symposia of international journals on the ethics and philosophy of antibiotic resistance, social media, 'big data' and hate crime.

Christian is member of the editorial board of the internation research journal Bioethics, and a founding member of the Centre for Ethics, Law and Mental Health (CELAM) and the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research (CARe) (where he is also member of the respective steering groups). He is a member of the academic advisory board of the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS), and associate senior researcher in the Urban Safety and Societal Security Research Center (URBSEC), as in the Lund-Gothenburg Responsibility Project (LGRP).

He has been PI or co-PI of projects funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR), Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), Vardalstiftelsen, VINNOVA, The Swedish Government, the Dutch Research Council (NWO), and the European Commission. Currently, he is co-PI in the projects FORevidence: Development of Evidence-based Practice in Forensic Psychiatry (FORTE), PLATINEA: Collaborative Platform for Securing Sustainable Access to Antibiotics (VINNOVA), EDAR: The Environment as a Driver of Antibiotic Resistance (VR), and the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research (UGOT Challenges Initiative).

Expert consultation Munthe has been a member of the Swedish government's National Council of Medical Ethics 2000-2006, the National Advisory Board of Gene Technology (2014-2018), and the Delegation for Medical Ethics of the Swedish Society of Medicine (2013-2018). He is a member of the Ethics Council of the Swedish National Board of health and Welfare (starting 2021), the Ethics working group of the Competence Network for Public Health related to Covid-19 of the public health medical specialist societies of the German language region of Europe, and the Västra Götaland County Council Working Group for Orderly Introduction of New Pharmaceuticals. He has been directly involved in developing specific regulation or policy in areas such as reproductive and genetic medicine, biomedical research, public health policy and social care and welfare. He has performed many commissioned reports and expert services for Swedish public agencies, the Swedish Parliament, and the national and county governments; as well as for the European Commission, and the Swiss federal government.

Teching and supervision

Munthe's teaching in philosophy is focused on thesis supervision, examination and seminar moderation on the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. He is engaged as lecturer for programmes in health, natural or the technological sciences, as well as courses for medical researchers, clinical specialists and health professionals. Since 2020, he is responsible for the ethics module of the obligatory research supervision training at the University of Gothenburg. His supervision interests include normative ethics and political philosophy/theory (including jurisprudence), and their applications to human practices, especially science, technology, health and the environment.

Podcasts and videos with Christian Munthe

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