Katharine Browne

Researcher - IFIKK
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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes Hus Blindern 0315 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0135 Oslo

Academic interests

Most of my work is in ethics (especially biomedical ethics), social philosophy, and philosophy of economics. 

My research is practically-oriented and interdisciplinary, and addresses contemporary ethical and public policy issues with tools from philosophy, economics, game theory, and biology. I have published on topics including rationing of healthcare resources, ethical issues in the use of reproductive technologies, the ethics of vaccination development and clinical trials, and public health and vaccination policy, as well as more theoretically-oriented work on foundational issues in economics and rational choice. Currently, I work on the Norwegian Research Council-funded project “Salient Solutions: Responding Ethically to the Attention Crisis,” where I am the principal researcher. The project deals with threats to normatively appropriate forms attention. The project tries to understand these threats and develop ethically acceptable ways of dealing with them. In my own part of the project, I will connect issues of attention and salience with questions regarding tensions between individual autonomy and the public good, issues of social cooperation and coordination, and issues of democratic rights. Applications concern the ethics of nudging, vaccination compliance, and the regulation of social media, reporting, and advertisement.


I have a particular interest in teaching. Aside from my position at IFIKK, I hold a faculty position in the Department of Philosophy at Langara College in Vancouver, BC, where I teach during the summer terms. Recent courses include: ethics, social & political philosophy, biomedical ethics, and metaphysics and epistemology.


Before my present positions at Langara and IFIKK, I was a Postdoc Novel Tech Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN) here in Oslo. I completed my PhD in philosophy in 2012 at the University of Toronto.



Browne, K. (2020). The Power of “We” in the Time of COVID-19. Humanist Perspectives, Issue 213.

Cattapan A, Browne K, Halperin D.M., Di Castri A., Fullsack P., Graham, J., Langley J.M., Taylor B.A., McNeil SA, S.A. Halperin (2019). Motivation for Participating in Phase 1 Vaccine Trials: Comparison of an Influenza and Ebola Randomized Control Trial. Vaccine37(2), 289-295.

Browne, K (2018). Why Should We Team Reason? Economics & Philosophy34(2), 185-198.

Browne, K. (2017). Voluntary Sterilisation and Access to IVF in Québec. Journal of Medical Ethics44(4), 262-265.

Browne, K. (2017). Reason and Pareto‐Optimization. The Southern Journal of Philosophy55(2), 196-213.

Browne, K. (2016). The Measles and Free Riders: California’s Mandatory Vaccination Law. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics25(3), 472-478.

  • Browne, Katharine Naomi (2013). Two Problems of Cooperation. In Musschenga, Bert & van Harskamp, Anton (Ed.), What Makes Us Moral? On the capacities and conditions for being moral. Springer. ISSN 9789400763425. p. 31–50.

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