Staff Profiles


Dr Jennifer Hardes

Academic Research Lead

School: Department of Enterprise, Employability and Research Development

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923895

Profile summary

Dr Jennifer Hardes received her PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta in 2014. She is now appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Social Philosophy, Law & Bioethics at Canterbury Christ Church University and as Director of Postgraduate Research Training and Development.

Jennifer’s research covers a range of issues related to bioethics and law from a social philosophy perspective. She has written on topics ranging from assisted dying, neuroscience, and education, to concussion and sport.

She is the author of Law, Immunization and the Right to Die (Routledge, 2016) which focuses on the problematic paternalism of legal decisions that deny assisted dying, and questions why the law fails to recognize what many describe as ‘compassionate motives’ for assisted death. The concept of ‘immunization’ is central to this analysis – not, perhaps as expected, from a medical lens, but rather from a political one – to consider how assisted dying is regulated through the closure around the self, the protection from what exists on the outside, grounded in an ethics underscored by a liberal individualist, 'immunizing' framework at the expense of more collective and compassionate approaches to law.

Jennifer is currently working in several research areas including:

  • Women, Madness and Exercise: From ‘Cause’ to ‘Cure’: focuses on the intersecting knowledge on mental health and exercise for women from the late-nineteenth century to contemporary times.
  • Making Sport Law: examines the construction of sport law cases within the Court of Arbitration for Sport and international sport law, focusing on the socio-legal rationalities within cases (particularly related to the regulation of bioethical issues such as doping, gender verification).
  • Personhood, Public Interest & Consent to Harm: Focuses on the socio-legal construction of personhood and public interest in cases concerning bioethical issues related to consent to harm (e.g., beginning and end of life, sport)

Research and knowledge exchange

Jennifer’s research has been published in a range of peer-reviewed academic journals, and she has been the recipient of a number of national and international awards for her research and consultancy work including: the Canadian Sociological Association’s Outstanding Graduating Student Award (2015); Merit Award from Alberta Justice & Solicitor General (2014); North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Doctoral and Masters Research Awards (2014 & 2008); and the British Olympic Foundation Award (2006).

Teaching and subject expertise

Jennifer supervises research students in areas of social philosophy; socio-legal studies; philosophy & sociology of sport; social philosophy of education; bioethics; human rights.

Current Doctoral Students:

Nicole Holt, PhD. Spirituality & Health

Alan Jones, EdD. Research-Based Learning

Mathew Brown, EdD.  Neoliberalism & Higher Education

Publications and research outputs

Hardes, J. (2018 - in press) Women, 'Madness' and Exercise. Medical Humanities 

Hardes, J.& Hogeveen, B. (2017) Flow, Skilled-Coping and the Sovereign Subject: Towards an Ethics of Being-With in Sport. In G. Breivik (Ed.). Skills, Knowledge & Expertise in Sport.  London: Routledge. Forthcoming.

Hardes, J. & Revell, L. (2017). Law, Education and Prevent, Education, Citizenship and Social Justice. 

Hardes, J. (2017) Governing Sporting Brains: Concussion, Neuroscience and the Biopolitical Regulation of Sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy Journal, online before print.

Hardes, J. (2017). Biopolitics and the Enemy: On Law, Rights and Proper Subjects, Law, Culture and the Humanities, 13(3),383-403 (published online before print, March 24th 2014).

Hardes, J. (2016). Law, Immunization and the Right to Die. London, UK: Routledge Glasshouse Books.

Hardes, J. & Hogeveen, B, (2016). Flow, Skilled-Coping and the Sovereign Subject: Towards an Ethics of Being-With in Sport. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy Journal, 10(3), 283-294.

Hardes, J., McLane, P., & Pavlich, G. (2014). Personhood, Legal Judgment, and Sovereignty at The Cape, 1793-1810. The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies. Oxon: Routledge. 

Hogeveen, B, & Hardes, J. (2014). Constituting the Fighter’s Body: On Being-With in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In K. Gilbert (Ed.), Fighting: Intellectualising Combat Sport, London: Commonground Publishing with B. Hogeveen.

Hardes, J. (2013). Fear, Sovereignty and the Right to Die. Societies, 3(1), 66-79

Hardes, J. (2007). The Coaching Act: Interview with Chris Volley. In James Denison (Ed.) Coaching knowledges: Understanding the dynamics of sport performance (pp. 181-199)London: A & C Black Publishers.


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