Peter West-Oram

Philosophy PhD student Peter West-Oram has won the University of Birmingham's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.

This competition is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, in which doctoral researchers have just three minutes to deliver an engaging presentation on their thesis topic, its originality and its significance. After a week of qualifying rounds, the final was held on the 27th of September 2013, when ten finalists from across the University (two from each College) presented their theses in the Great Hall of the Aston Webb building.

The Winner, Peter West-Oram, is a PhD candidate supervised by Professor Heather Widdows here at the Department of Philosophy. His thesis focuses on establishing a justification for, and the requirements of a basic human right to health care. In the final of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, Peter gave a presentation entitled ‘Global health care justice: establishing the demands of the basic right to health care’, which highlighted problems related to the global burden of disease and the way in which the world’s poorest people are also the most vulnerable to disease and injury.

Peter West-Oram's research is in the area of global health care injustice. His PhD focuses on rights to health care and the duties that such rights generate. He is also interested in the commodification of health care and the impacts of health policy on public health. He has recently co-authored papers on the importance of globalising bioethics, and theoretical problems of global justice in accounting for public goods.

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