Professor Andy Miah


Professor of Ethics and Emerging Technologies


Professor Miah, BA, MPhil, PhD, is Director of the Creative Futures Institute & Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies in the Faculty of Business & Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland, Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, USA and Fellow at FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, UK. 

He is author of ‘Genetically Modified Athletes’ (2004 Routledge), co-author with Dr Emma Rich of ‘The Medicalization of Cyberspace’ (2008, Routledge), and Editor of ‘Human Futures: Art in an Age of Uncertainty’ (2008, Liverpool University Press and FACT). Professor Miah’s research discusses the intersections of art, ethics, technology and culture and he has published broadly in areas of emerging technologies, particularly related to human enhancement. 

Professor Miah has published over 100 academic articles in refereed journals, books, magazines, and national media press on the subjects of cyberculture, medicine, technology, and sport. He has also given over 100 major conference presentations and he is often invited to speak about philosophical and ethical issues concerning technology in society. 

Professor Miah regularly interviews for a range of major media companies, which have included BBC’s Newsnight and Start the Week with Andrew Marr, ABC’s’ The 7:30 Review and CBC’s The Hour. He has also written for natonal broadsheets including The Washington Post, The Observer, the Huffington Post and he has been profiled in The Sunday Times and The Scotsman. 

Professor Miah has 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. He is currently part of the Scottish Government Ministerial Advisory Group for Digital Participation, which oversees the implementation of Scotland’s Digital Charter.

Research Interests

  • Ethics of Emerging Technologies
  • Bioethics
  • New Media
  • Medical Law
  • Technology
  • Philosophy
  • Cultural Theory
  • Olympics
  • Posthumanism
  • BioArt

Research activity output book

Research activity output chapters

More Book Chapters (External Website) 

  • Miah, A. (2009) 2029. In: Stubbs, M. & Newman, K. We are the Real-Time Experiment. Liverpool University Press.
  • Miah, A. & Rich, E. (2009) Bioethics Through the Media. In: Albertazzi, D. & Cobley, P. The Media: An Introduction (Third Edition). Pearson
  • Miah, A. (2008) Blessed Are the Forgetful: The Ethics of Memory Modification in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In Shapshay, S. (Ed) Bioethics and Film, Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Miah, A. (expected, 2008) A Deep Blue Grasshopper: Playing Games with Artificial Intelligence. For Hale Benjamin. Philosophy and Chess, in press
  • Miah, A. (expected 2008) Section Introduction: Ethical Considerations of Human Performance Optimisation. In Taylor, N.A.S., Groeller, H. & McLennan, P.L. ‘Physiological Bases of Human Performance During Work and Exercise, Elsevier
  • Miah, A. (2007) Retórica Moral. Ética Aplicada e Doping Genético. In: Rubio, Katia; Reppold Filho, Alberto Reinaldo; Todt, Nelson Schneider; Mesquita, Roberto Maluf De. Ética E Compromisso Social Nos Estudos Olímpicos. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, pp.27-40
  • Miah, A. (2006) Rethinking Enhancement in Sport, in Bainbridge, W.S. and M.C. Roco Progress in Convergence, New York City: New York Academy of Sciences
  • Miah, A. (2006) Therapeutische ingrepen, niet-therapeutische ingrepen en prestatieverbetering, in Hilvoorde, I. van & Pasveer, B. (eds.). Beter dan Goed. Over genetica en de toekomst van topsport. Diemen: Veen Magazines, pp.138-149 [Dutch].
  • (2005) In Tamburrini, C.M. and Tannsjo, T. (Eds.) The Genetic Design of Winners. Oxon and New York: Routledge.

Research activity output journals

More Journal Papers (External Website) 

  • (2010) Cultural Politics
  • (2009) Issues in Science & Technology
  • (2008) Studies in Ethics, Law & Technology
  • (2007) Journal of International Biotechnology Law
  • (2007) BMC Medical Ethics
  • (2007) Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • (2006) Sport, Education & Society
  • (2006, Dec) The Lancet
  • (2005) Public Understanding of Science 14(4).
  • (2005, Sept 10) The Lancet.
  • (2005) European Journal of Sport Science, 5(1): 51-57.
  • (2004) Journal of Medical Ethics, 30, Dec, 576-579.
  • (2003) Journal of Evolution & Technology, 13(2).
  • (2003) Culture Machine: The E-Issue, 5.
  • (2003) Contemporary Issues in Law, Vol.6(3), pp.207-226.
  • (2003) CTHEORY, Event-Scene, E119

Research activity output abstracts

More Abstracts (External Website) 

Recent National/International Newspapers/Magazines  

  • Miah, A (2008, Aug 3) Enhanced Athletes? It's Only Natural, The Washington Post [S1]
  • Miah, A. (with Matthew Syed) (2006, Oct 18) Digital era taking fans closer to action, The Times, p.82
  • Miah, A. (2006, Aug 2) Is sport winning the war on drugs? No. The Guardian, p.7.
  • Miah, A. (with Garcia, B.) (2006, July) Ever-Decreasing Circles? The profile of culture at the Olympics, Locum Destination Review, pp.60-62.
  • Miah, A. (with Kayser, B. and Mauron, A.)(2006, Jan 17) En termes de sante publique, la guerre antidopage purrait bien etre un non-sens, Le Monde, p.3.
  • (2005, Sept) Science & Public Affairs, British Association for the Advancement of Science [in press].
  • (2005, Aug) Project Syndicate (Newswire), New York.
  • (2004, Aug 13). The Times Higher Education Supplement. London, p.14.
  • (2004, Aug 1). The Observer. London, p.9.
  • with Garcia, B. (2002, Spring) The Truth About Olympic Truce: Rights, Responsibilities & the Impossibility of Being ‘Global & Apolitical’, Human Rights Tribune, vol.9, No.1.
  • (2002, March 22) Engineering Athletes: Q&A Interview for BBC Sport Online
  • (2001, June 1) Soapbox: Why I...believe that genetically engineered athletes might not be cheating, Times Higher Education Supplement, London.
  • (2000, Feb 5) Enter the Superkid, New Scientist, 2224, 54.

Research activity output conference presentations

More Conference Papers (External Website) 

  • (2008 Aug) International Symposium on Olympic Research, Beijing, China.
  • (2006 May) Human Enhancement and Human Rights, Stanford Law School USA.
  • (2006 Mar) Tomorrow's People, James Martin Institute, Oxford University.
  • (2005 Sept) International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, Czech Republic, Sept 2005.
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Emerging Medical Technologies, (2005 Aug) Institut Borja de Bioetica, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain, Aug, 2005.
  • (2005 May) Sport, Medicine and Ethics, University of Stockholm and Oxford University, Sweden, May, 2005.
  • (2005 April) Sport and Law, Lancashire Law School, University of Central Lancashire, April, 2005
  • (2004 May) Barcelona Forum 2004, Dialogue: Information, Power and Ethics in the 21st Century, Barcelona, Spain, May 19-21, 2004.
  • (2003 Dec) 5th Annual Conference of the Media, Cultural Studies and Communication Association, Sussex University, England, Dec 19-21, 2003 [with Dr Philip Drake].
  • (2003 Nov) The State of the Real, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, UK, Nov 21-22, 2003.
  • (2003 Sep) 31st Annual Meeting of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, University of Gloucestershire, England, UK, Sep 18-21, 2003.
  • (2003 Mar) Bioethics Through the Media For ‘Who Twists the Helix?’ a trans-disciplinary exploration of the powers that could decide our genetic futures, Cambridge University, England, UK, March 16-19, 2003 [oral presentation].
  • A Cultural Philosophy: Tempering the Desire for Spectacle For Journeys of Expression II, International Festival & Events Association, Vienna, Austria, March 2003 [oral presentation, co-authored with Beatriz Garcia, University of Glasgow].
  • Male, Female, Neither? Questions of Gender, Identity, and Morality in Cyberspace. Gender / Culture / Power, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, October 2002, [oral presentation]
  • A Deep Blue Grasshopper: Playing games with artificial intelligence. Conference in Analytic Philosophy, Scottish Post-Graduate Philosophy Association, University of Stirling, UK, January 2002, [oral presentation].
  • Simulating Sport in Virtual Arenas. Sports Information In The 3rd Millennium, 11th Annual meeting of the International Association Of Sports Information World Congress, Lausanne, Switzerland, April, 2001 [oral presentation and web-based presentation].
  • Designer Genes For Sale – Is It Just A Matter Of The Price? Paper given at the 5th World Congress Of Bioethics: Ethics, Law & Public Policy, International Association of Bioethics, Imperial College London, Sept 2000 [oral presentation].
  • Citius, Altius, Fortius: A Motto for Limitless Enhancement? Paper given as part of a symposium on 'Technology, Sport, And Performance' At The 2000 Pre-Olympic Congress On Sport Science, Sports Medicine And Physical Education, International Council Of Sport Science And Physical Education (ICSSPE), Brisbane, Australia, Sept 2000 [oral presentation].

Invited Presentations  

  • (2009 April) University of Monterray, Mexico.
  • (2009 March) EPSRC Research Cluster event on the Digital Economy and Arts/Health/Environment, FACT and UWS. Event Chair and organizer
  • (2009 Feb) European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
  • (2009 Feb) Northern Voice, Vancouver, Canada.
  • (2009 Feb) The Meat License Project, workshop, Liverpool, UK.
  • (2009 Feb) Cambridge University, UK
  • (2009 Jan) Hybrid and Arts Council of England, Birmingham, UK.
  • (2008 Dec) American Enterprise Institute, Washington, USA
  • (2008 Nov) The Nature Debate, London UK
  • (2008 Oct) University of Florence, Italy.
  • (2008 Oct) BioCentre debate, London, UK.
  • (2008 Jun) St Mary's College, USA.
  • (2008 May) Future of Humanity Institute & Biomedical Ethics Programme, James Martin Institute, Oxford University.
  • (2008 May) Free University of Brussels, Belgium.
  • (2008 May) University of Greenwich, UK.
  • (2008 Feb) Royal College of Art, UK
  • (2008 Jan) London Metrpoloitan University, UK
  • (2007 Nov) Royal Society for the Promotion of the Arts (RSA), UK.
  • (2007 Oct) Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
  • (2007 Oct) Royal College of Art, UK
  • (2007 Aug) Aarhus University, Denmark.
  • (2007 June) Royal Institution of Great Britain, Sheffield UK.
  • (2007 May) ENHANCE Project meeting, Stockholm and Oxford,
  • (2007 April) Glasgow Science Cafe.
  • (2007 March) Australian Sports Commission, Brisbane.
  • (2006 Dec) The Hastings Center, New York.
  • (2006 Dec) Loughborough University.
  • (2007 Nov) Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
  • (2006 Nov) British Council sponsored CaféScientifique, Jordan & Palestine.
  • (2006 Oct) Glasgow University, Physiological Society Seminar Series.
  • (2006 Sept) Performance Technology in Sport, Newcastle.
  • (2006 July) Communication University of China & the Annenberg School of Communication, Project for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Beijing.
  • (2006 July) European College of Sports Science, Lausanne.
  • (2006 May) American College of Sports Medicine, Denver, USA.
  • (2006 April) British Association of Sports Medicine, The Belfry, UK.
  • (2005 Dec) World Anti-Doping Agency Gene Doping Symposium, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • (2005 July) European College of Sport Science, Annual Meeting, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • (2005 June) The Royal Institution of Great Britain with EPSRC, London, UK.
  • (2005 Jun) London 2012 & Centre for Cultural Policy Research, University of Glasgow, 20 Jun, 2005
  • (2005 May) UK Sport, 23 May 2005.
  • (2005 May) Café Scientifique, Lancaster, May, 2005
  • (2005 April) Harvard Law School & Ethics, Law & Biotechnology Society, Harvard University, USA April 2005
  • (2005 Mar) University of Toronto, Canada, Mar 24, 2005.
  • (2005 Jan) University of Leeds, UK, Jan 24, 2005.
  • (2004 Dec) First International Congress on Technological & Social Innovation in Sport, San Sebastian, Spain, Dec 15-17, 2004
  • (2004 Oct) Café Scientifique, Norwich, Oct, 2004.
  • (2004 Sep) International Academy of Sports Science and Technology, Geneva, Switzerland, Sep 23, 2004.
  • (2004 Sep) British Science Museum, London, UK, Sep 9, 2004.
  • (2005 Aug) Pre-Olympic Congress of the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education, Thessaloniki, Greece, Aug 9, 2004.
  • (2004 Jun) National Olympic Forum, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jun 26 2004.
  • (2004 Jun) St. Mary’s College, San Francisco, USA, Jun, 2004.
  • (2004 May) 7th World Congress of the European Federation of Sexology, Brighton, UK, May, 2004.
  • (2004 Apr) Nexxus: The West of Scotland Bio Science Network, Glasgow Science Centre, Apr, 2004.
  • (2004 Feb) Centre for Economic & Social Aspects of Genomics, Lancaster University, UK, Feb, 2004.
  • (2003 Nov) University of Maastricht, Netherlands, Nov, 2003.
  • (2003 Oct) 7th International Olympic Committee World Congress on Sport Science, Athens, Oct, 2003.
  • (2003 Sep) Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland, Sep, 2003.
  • (2003 Jul) 8th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Austria, Jul, 2003.
  • (2003 Jun) International Olympic Academy, Olympia, Greece, Jun, 2003.
  • (2003 Mar) British Olympic Association Annual Conference, Edinburgh, Mar 2003.
  • (2002 Nov) The Hastings Center, New York, Nov, 2002.
  • (2002 Oct) Council of Europe, Bratislava (Slovak Republic); Oct 23 – 24, 2002.
  • (2002 Sept) Columbia University, New York, USA, Sep, 2002.
  • (2002 Sept) State University of New York, Cortland, New York, USA, Sep, 2002.
  • (2002 Sept) Yale University, New Haven, New York, USA, Sep, 2002
  • (2002 Aug) The Hastings Center, Garrison, New York, USA, Aug, 2002.
  • (2002 Jul) The Hastings Center, Garrison, New York, USA, Jul, 2002.
  • (2002 Apr) British Olympic Association Annual Conference (= Beatriz Garcia), Manchester, Apr 2002.
  • (2000 Sept) Pre-Olympic Congress, International Council Of Sport Science And Physical Education (ICSSPE), Brisbane, Australia, Sep 2000

Research activity output source of funding

  • (2008) Carnegie Trust
  • (2006) British Academy Small Research Grant
  • (2004) British Academy Small Research Grant
  • (2003) The Britsh Academy
  • (2002) The Carnegie Trust

Consultancy Project Details

Media Appearances  

Broadcast Interviews
BBC Radio 4 Start the Week with Andrew Marr (2008, Dec);
ABC The Sports Factor (2008, Mar);
BBC World Service (2007, Dec 28);
CBC, The World at 6pm (news) (2007, Dec 14);
BBC World Service (2007, August 24);
BBC World Service (2007, July);
ABC Brisbane (2007, Mar 24);
BBC Radio Five Live (2007, Feb 21);
BBC Radio Scotland (2006, Oct 17);
BBC Radio Five Live (2006, Oct 3);
BBC Scotland (2006, Aug 9);
BBC Radio Five Live (2006, Aug 7);
BBC Radio 4 (Jun, 2006);
WAMU (Washington, USA);
BBC Radio Five (May 26, 2005);
BBC Radio Scotland (Mar, 2005);
BBC Five Live Drive (Dec 2004);
Austrian Radio 4FM (Sept 2004);
BBC Radio 4 ‘The Today Show’ (14 Aug, 2004);
BBC Five Live Drive, (30 July 2004);
Radio Salta 840AM, Argentina (July 2004);
CBC, As it Happens. (Aug, 2004);
BBC World Service ‘The News Hour’ (July 2004);
Change Surfer, USA (July 2004);
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Oct, 2002);
ABC Radio National (Apr, 2000).

ITN News (2008, Aug);
Sky News, UK (2006, April 25);
CBC, Canada (2006, Feb 15);
CBC, Canada (2006, Feb 9);
Sky One, Sport Matters (2 Dec, 2005);
ABC Australia, The 7:30 Report (August 11, 2004);
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The National (Aug, 2004);
Cadena 3, Argentina (Jul, 2004);
BBC2 Newsnight (29 July, 2004);
BBC1, Morning Show and BBC News 24 (May 2004);
BBC documentary ‘Horizons’ (July 2001);
Gillette World Sport (Feb, 2001).

Print Citations/Interviews 

The Scotsman (2008, Oct 28);
The Independent (2007, 12 Sept);
The Observer (2007, February 4);
Wonderland Magazine, UK. Chiles, Lawrence (2006, Feb);
BBC News Online (2005, Sept 9);
BBC Focus (2005, Aug, pp.55-60), Sunday Telegraph (2005, May 22, p.013);
The Independent (2004, Apr 27, pp.42-43);
The Times (2004, Dec 21, p.10);
The Herald (2004, Sep 8);
Scotsman (2004, Sep 8, p.28);
The Observer (2004, Jul 25, p.13);
The Independent on Sunday (Jul 25, 2004, page 5 (and front page);
Daily Mail (2004, Jul 22, pp.1-3);
Daily Express (2004, July 22, p.15);
Daily Mail (2004, Jul 21);
The Scotsman (2004, Jul 21, p.28);
Champions Magazine (Jun, 2004, pp.61-65);
The Big Issue in Scotland (Jul 17, 2003; pp.28-29);
BBC Sport (March, 2002);
The Mail on Sunday (2001, May 27, p.111

Liberation, France (2007, July 7);
Vogue Magazine, Australia (2007);
The Jordan Times, Jordan (2006, Nov 22);
The Times (2005, Dec 19);
Globe and Mail, Canada (2006, Nov 15);
Bloomberg (2005, Dec 16);
Globe & Mail, Canada (2005, Dec 3;
Politiken, Denmark (2005, Oct 16);
Newsday (NYC) & Chicago Tribune (2005, Mar 20);
Orlando Sentinel, USA (2005, May 22);
Drug War Chronicle (2004, Nov 19, 363);
Christian Science Monitor, USA (2004, Sep);
Reuters, Brazil: Reuters (2004, Aug);
Better Humans (2004, Sep 1);
Reuters, Sao Paulo (2004, Aug 24);
Christian Science Monitor, USA (2004, Aug 23);
Globe and Mail, Canada (2004, 21);
Welt am Sonntag (2004, Aug 15);
The Hindu Business Line (2004, Aug);
EuropaSur, Spain (2004); Italy Indymedia (2004, Aug);
Phenomena Magazine (2004, Aug);
Epoca, Brazil (2004, Aug);
Betterhumans, Canada (2004, Aug 9);
Folha de S.Paulo, Brazil (2004, Aug 8);
Les Amis de la Terre, France (2004);
Clarín, Argentina: (2004, Jul 27);
La Nacion. Buenos Aires: (2004, Jul 26, p.11);
Folha de Sao Paulo, Brazil: (2004, Jul 26);
Contra Costa Times, San Francisco, (2004, Jun 17, p.B2);
Associated Press (CNN Sports Illustrated, MSNBC, Slam Sports, (May 29, 2004);
Ergogenics (2004); (2003, Oct 30);
Reuters and Associated Press, Oct 2003.

Professional Membership(s)

Useful information

Referee Experience  

  • Cultural Politics (Berg)
  • Theory, Culture and Society (SAGE)
  • Bioethics
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Public Understanding of Science
  • Journal of the Philosophy of Sport
  • Medical Science Monitor
  • World Leisure Journal
  • Journal of Sport Management
  • Research in Philosophy and Technology
  • Institutional Review Board: Ethics and Human Research
  • Routledge
  • Polity Press
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • The Wellcome Trust

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