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Gabriele Badano is a Political Philosopher and a Bioethicist who took his PhD from the Department of Philosophy at University College London. He is currently a Research Associate on the Limits of the Numerical Project at CRASSH as well as a Fellow of Girton College. The Limits of the Numerical Project focuses on the use of quantitative tools in health care policy, with special attention to the use of Quality-Adjusted Life Years to measure the value of alternative allocations of NHS resources. One of the aims of the Project is to investigate the impact of the introduction of such tools on a range of affected parties. At a philosophical level, the Project aims to explore whether quantitative tools fully capture the values that they are supposed to promote, to what extent their use is bound to work against important values that resist quantification and how existing methods for reasoning about quantifiable and non-quantifiable considerations in health care policy can be improved.
Gabriele has research interests in the ethical aspects of the distribution of health care resources above and beyond the use of quantitative tools. For example, he is interested in the debate over the special importance of healthcare for justice and in the possible uses of the framework of public justification as a guide for allocation decisions. He is also interested in a range of other issues in Political Philosophy, such as the strengths and weaknesses of the work of John Rawls and, in particular, of his theory of political liberalism

Publications from Elements

Journal articles

2017 (Accepted for publication)

  • Badano, G., 2017 (Accepted for publication). If You're a Rawlsian, How Come You're So Close to Utilitarianism and Intuitionism? A Critique of Daniels's Accountability for Reasonableness Health Care Analysis,
  • Badano, G. and Nuti, NA., 2017 (Accepted for publication). Under Pressure: Political Liberalism, the Rise of Unreasonableness and the Complexity of Containment Journal of Political Philosophy, v. 26
  • 2016

  • Kieslich, K., Ahn, J., Badano, G., Chalkidou, K., Cubillos, L., Hauegen, RC., Henshall, C., Krubiner, CB., Littlejohns, P., Lu, L., Pearson, SD., Rid, A., Whitty, JA. and Wilson, J., 2016. Public participation in decision-making on the coverage of new antivirals for hepatitis C. J Health Organ Manag, v. 30
  • Badano, G., 2016. On the moral importance of numbers, releaance and the workings of non-aggregatiae reasoning Ethical Perspectives, v. 23
  • 2014

  • Badano, G., 2014. Political liberalism and the justice claims of the disabled: A reconciliation Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, v. 17
  • 2012

  • Badano, G., 2012. Genomics and public involvement: Giving justifications their due Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology, v. 6
  • Book chapters


  • Badano, G., John, SD. and Junghans, T., 2017. NICE's Cost-Effectiveness Threshold, or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and (Almost) Love the £20,000-£30,000/QALY Figure