RESEARCH

I am a research fellow at King's College London, working on 'But why is that better?,' a Wellcome Trust-funded project (2019-2023) which investigates how applied philosophy and ethics can inform and support healthcare quality improvement. The project is led by Alan Cribb and Vikki Entwistle, and explores the complex and contested concepts of healthcare quality and healthcare improvement. We seek to work with quality improvement practitioners and researchers, using the tools of applied philosophy, to address some of the ethical and conceptual challenges that they face.


Outside of the project, my research broadly concerns the philosophy of health and well-being. In particular, I think and write about the definition and measurement of health and well-being, and the role that measures of health and well-being play in healthcare decision-making and public policy. My PhD thesis, The Construction of Well-Being, developed a constructivist account of well-being. I argued that well-being is not a property of people or the world that exists separately from attempts to define and measure it. Instead, assessments of well-being are largely shaped by the purposes and interests of the people measuring it. You can read it here (pdf).

In 2021, I  spent six months in Copenhagen as a Wellcome Trust Secondment Fellow, working in the WHO Europe regional office. Here I thought and wrote about how to make ethical values and moral reasoning more explicit and systematic in WHO 'policy dialogues,' which are deliberative discussions that play a key role in  country-level, WHO-supported health policy-making.

My other philosophical interests include healthcare priority setting and resource distribution, disability theory and methodology, both within and outside of philosophy. I have interdisciplinary research interests in public policy, behavioural economics, and psychometrics.

For a list of my publications, see my CV.