Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown


2018 - present Career Development Fellow, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
2017 - 2018 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
2014 - 2017 Research Fellow in Applied Philosophy, Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen 


2009 - 2013 PhD Philosophy, Queen Mary, University of London
2008 - 2009 MPhil History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Cambridge
2005 - 2008 BA Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos, University of Cambridge


Brown, RCH; Savulescu, J; Williams, B; Wilkinson, D (2020) ‘Passport to Freedom? Immunity Passports for COVID-19’, Journal of Medical Ethics 

Parkinson, B; Meacock, R; Sutton, M; et al (2019) ‘Designing and Using Incentives to Support Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Trials: a Scoping Review and a Checklist for Design,’ Trials, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 624
Brown, RCH; Savulescu, J (2019) ‘Responsibility in Healthcare Across Time and Agents,’ Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 45, No. 10, pp. 636-664. 
Brown, RCH; Maslen, H; Savulescu, J (2019) ‘Against Moral Responsibilisation of Health: Prudential Responsibility and Health Promotion,’ Public Health Ethics, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 114-129.

Brown, RCH (2019) ‘Irresponsibly Infertile? Obesity, Efficiency and Exclusion from Treatment,’ Health Care Analysis, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 61-76. 

Brown, RCH (2018) ‘Resisting Moralisation in Health Promotion,’ Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 997-1011.
Brown, RCH; Maslen, H; Savulescu, J (2018) ‘Responsibility, Prudence and Health Promotion,’ Journal of Public Health, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 31-35.


My main research interests are in:

1. The ethics of health promotion, with a particular focus on chronic disease prevention and treatment, and the ethical use of different tools for encouraging healthy behaviour.

2. The epistemology of medicine, and how we should respond to uncertainty regarding the effectiveness of medical interventions.

3. Responsibility for habitual behaviours, and its significance for ethics and policy. I also work on topics related to practical ethics and healthcare more generally, including questions about fair provision of fertility treatment, the use of financial incentives in healthcare, and the role of the state in public health.

  • Seminar lead, Methods and Work in Progress Seminar in Practical and Medical Ethics
  • Seminar lead, BPhil Pro Seminar in Practical Ethics.