Wayne Martin on the Essex Autonomy Project

The Essex Autonomy Project is a research and knowledge-exchange initiative based in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. Our fundamental aim is to clarify the ideal of self-determination in history, theory and practice, both for its own sake, and in order to provide guidance to those who must apply this notion—whether as care workers, as medical practitioners, as legal professionals, or simply as citizens. The project is funded by two major grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support work on the themes of ‘Deciding for Oneself’ and ‘Contested Autonomy in Public Policy and Professional Practice.’ Find more information about the Essex Autonomy Project at