I am a Philosophy Lecturer at University College Cork (Assistant Professor), where I direct the MA in Health and Society.
Previously I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy at Durham University, where I worked on the ‘Knowledge for Use’ project, mostly on topics of objectivity and causal inference.
I completed my PhD in Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (passed without corrections, viva date 9 December 2016), supervised by Luc Bovens and Katie Steele, and examined by Philip Kitcher and Kai Spiekermann.
My PhD thesis was on HIV/AIDS denialism in South African health policy in the early 2000s. I used this as a case study to explore issues of reasonable belief formation in the face of seemingly contested science, and moral responsibility when that process goes wrong.
I also work on theories of disease, with a particular emphasis on the tension between epidemiological and biomedical approaches. To support this research I studied Epidemiology at Kings College London in 2013/2014 (Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health, and Advanced Epidemiology and Statistics for Public Health).
I am currently working on public distrust in science, and cases of epistemic self-reliance.