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Jessica Stockdale

Jess Stockdale

Jessica Stockdale (BA, MA, AFHEA)

Doctoral Researcher
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Location: Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Room 322, Watson Building, University of Brighton, Falmer BN1 9PH

Areas of expertise: Philosophy, Philosophical Methodology, Medical Humanities

Research areas: Philosophy of Medicine, Philosophy of Science, Evidence-based Medicine, Metaethics, Normativity, Ethical Values. 

Other relevant positions: School of History, Art History and Philosophy, University of Sussex, Associate Doctoral Researcher, Sussex Humanities Lab



Jessica Stockdale is a CHASE Doctoral Researcher in the Philosophy of Medicine, based across both the University of Sussex and BSMS. 

Jessica completed her BA in Philosophy at the University of Sussex, and her MA in Philosophy at King’s College, London where she was the recipient of the Richard Sorabji award in 2016. Her thesis, supervised by Prof Sherrilyn Roush, focused on the moral dimensions of medical research using digital information, and the general public duty to contribute towards the improvement of medical practices. 

During this time Jessica took up the position of Research Assistant at BSMS, working with Prof Jackie Cassell and Dr Elizabeth Ford, investigating patient and public attitudes to research using electronic GP patient records as data for epidemiological studies. 


2018 Senate, University of Sussex
2018 Council, University of Sussex
2018 Doctoral School Committee, University of Sussex 


In 2017 Jessica commenced her doctoral research funded by the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South East England (CHASE). Throughout this programme she is working with Professor of Primary Care Epidemiology, Jackie Cassell at BSMS, and Reader in Philosophy, Dr Katerina Deligiorgi at the University of Sussex. 

Jessica’s research interests and methods are interdisciplinary. Her current doctoral research focuses on the moral structures of medical practice and its status within the scientific disciplines, and its integration into global moral human activity.



Jessica leads a first year BSBM undergraduate course in Introductory Topics to the Philosophy of Medicine. Medical students explore the distinctions between health, disease, and illness, while also developing key critical skills in philosophical analysis and methodology. She also supervises fourth year BMBS student Independent Research Projects in the areas of philosophy of medicine, political philosophy, ethics and medical humanities.

Selected publications

Stockdale, Jessica, Cassell, Jackie and Ford, Elizabeth (2019) “Giving something back”: a systematic review and ethical enquiry into public views on the use of patient data for research in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Wellcome Open Research, 3 (6). pp. 1-24.  

Stockdale, Jessica (2019) A philosophical analysis of research in the medical sciences: the qualitative-quantitative divide is cultural rather than epistemic. In: Metascience 2019 Symposium: The Emerging Field of Research on the Scientific Process, 5th-8th September 2019, Stanford University

Ford, Elizabeth, Stockdale, Jessica, Jackson, Richard and Cassell, Jackie (2017) For the greater good? Patient and public attitudes to use of medical free text data in research. International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) 2016 Conference, Swansea, Wales, 24-26 August 2016. Published in: International Journal of Population Data Science. 1 (1) 229. Swansea University.