Professor Havi Carel

I am Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where I also teach medical students. My research examines the experience of illness and of receiving healthcare. I curerntly hold a Senior Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust, for a five year project entitled ‘Life of Breath’ (with Prof Jane Macnaughton, Durham University). (

My recent monograph Phenomenology of Illness was published by Oxford University Press in autumn 2016. I previously published on the embodied experience of illness, wellbeing within illness and patient-clinician communication in the Lancet, BMJ, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, and in edited collections.

I am the author of Illness (2008, 2013), shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and of Life and Death in Freud and Heidegger (2006). I am the co-editor of Health, Illness and Disease (2012) (edited with Rachel Cooper) and of What Philosophy Is (2004) (edited with David Gamez).

In 2009-11 I led an AHRC-funded project on the concepts of health, illness and disease.In 2011-12 I was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship for a project entitled ‘The Lived Experience of Illness’. In 2012-13 I held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.