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Centre for Medical Humanities

Rebecca Brown

Interdisciplinary skills development for medical humanities: an opportunity for early career researchers and postgraduates. Funded by the AHRC and led by Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities in collaboration with the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and the Wellcome Trust.

Rebecca Brown


Becky initially studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge (2005). After studying History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) during her third year, Becky decided to continue research in Philosophy and left the Vet course to complete an MPhil in HPS at Cambridge. During this time Becky became particularly interested in Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine and, in 2009, began a Wellcome Trust PhD studentship as part of the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health at Queen Mary, University of London. Becky’s doctoral thesis was completed in 2013, and sought to assess the ethical arguments relating to the use of financial incentives to encourage healthy behaviour change.

In February 2014, Becky joined the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen as a Research Fellow in Applied Philosophy. Working with researchers from a range of disciplines, Becky’s research is concerned broadly with different conceptions of valuation and justification in healthcare, and how philosophical methods, and medical humanities approaches more generally, may help to enrich our understandings of the value of health, healthcare and healthy behaviour.

Contact Details

Hearing the Voice
c/o School of Education
Durham University
Leazes Road 
Durham
DH1 1SZ

Tel: +44 (0)191 3348163