Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown
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Becky studied Veterinary Medicine and History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She completed a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London, as part of the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health, funded by the Wellcome Trust. This work focused on the ethics of using financial incentives to promote healthy behaviour. Subsequently, Becky joined the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen, addressing philosophical and ethical issues arising in the context of healthcare provision and policy. Becky works in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics on the Individual Responsibility and Healthcare project, looking at how responsibility can and should play a role in healthcare.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Brown, RCH (2016) ‘Social Values and the Corruption Argument Against Financial Incentives for Healthy Behaviour,’ Journal of Medical Ethics, Online First, doi:10.1136/ medethics-2016-103372.
  • Brown, RCH; Rogers, W; Entwistle, VA; Bhattacharya, S (2016) ‘Reframing the Debate Around State Responses to Infertility: Considering the Harms of Subfertility and Involuntary Childlessness,’ Public Health Ethics, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 290-300.
  • Entwistle, VA; Brown, RCH; Morgan, HM; Skea, ZC (2014) ‘Involving Patients in Their Care,’ Current Breast Cancer Reports, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 211-218.
  • Brown, RCH (2013) ‘Moral Responsibility for (Un)healthy Behaviour,’ Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 39, No. 11, pp. 695-698.
  • Parke, H; Ashcroft, RE; Brown, RCH; Marteau, TM; Seale, C (2013) ‘Financial Incentives to Encourage Healthy Behaviour: An Analysis of UK Media Coverage,’ Health Expectations, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 292-304.
  • Promberger, M; Brown, RCH; Ashcroft, RE; Marteau, TM (2011) ‘Acceptability of Financial Incentives to Improve Health,’ Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 37, pp. 682-687.


Book Chapters

  • Brown RCH (2015) ‘Ethical and Legal Issues in Trauma Medicine,’ in Modern Surgery: Ethical and Legal Issues, Hakim, N.; Papalois, V; and Epstein, M (eds), London: Imperial College Press.


Other Publications

  • Brown, RCH (2015) ‘The Boundaries of ‘Health,’’ Contribution to New Generations in Medical Humanities: Reflections and Showcase booklet.

Ethics of health promotion; Public health ethics; Health policy; Responsibility; Moralisation; Incentives and commodification; Behaviour change interventions; Psychological models of behaviour.