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Professor Alex Broadbent


Professor in the Department of Philosophy
Professor in the Institute for Medical Humanities
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

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


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