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Prof Alex Broadbent


BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD

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Professor in the Department of Philosophy  
Member of the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS)  
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


Alex Broadbent is Professor of Philosophy of Science at Durham University and Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He is Director of the Durham-Johannesburg Centre for Philosophy of Epidemiology, Medicine, and Public Health, and co-leads the Measurement Lab in the Institute for Medical Humanities. Besides his academic research in these areas, he publishes opinion pieces on the interface between science, humanities, and policy, and engages with policy and litigation in relation to epidemiology and public health. He is founding Editor in Chief of the journal Philosophy of Medicine, an Associate Editor of Global Epidemiology, and an Associate Member of Millennium Chambers of The Barrister Network, London.

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Epidemiology
  • Philosophy of Public and Global Health
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of law
  • Causation and causal inference
  • Prediction and forecasting
  • Philosophy of Medicine

Media Contacts

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Authored book

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Journal Article


  • Broadbent, A (2019). Philosophy of Medicine. OUP.
  • Broadbent, Alex (2016). Philosophy for Graduate Students: Metaphysics and Epistemology. Routledge.

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Broadbent, A (2020). Causation.

Working Paper

  • Bayani, DBS Krubiner, C Barasa, E Biribawa, C Broadbent, A, Casas, L Chalkidou, K Chi, YL Combrink, H Denis, O Kaakyo, M Kabia, E Kasera, K Kazungu, J Ogero, M Organi, S Paterno, A Regan, L Smart, B Streicher, P Tan, J Tumwesigye, N Ulep, VG Uy, J Van, VS & Walker, D (2021). The Indirect Health Effects of COVID-19: Emerging Findings from Kenya, the Philippines, South Africa, and Uganda.

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