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Dr. Ruben Andreas Sakowsky

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Mail: rubenandreas.sakowsky(at)
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Biographical Note

Ruben Sakowsky is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center Göttingen. His current work focuses on participatory approaches in health policy-making and the application and development of interpersonal deliberative methods for health preference elicitation.

Ruben Sakowsky studied philosophy, political science, and ancient history at the universities of Freiburg, Göttingen, and Rome. In 2012 and 2013, he spent a Fulbright year at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2020, he received his PhD from the University of Aberdeen for a dissertation on the normative and epistemological frameworks of health preference evaluation approaches. He is an alumnus of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Economics (2015 – 2020)
    University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Master of Arts Philosophy (2011 – 2012, 2013 – 2015)
    Georg-August-University Göttingen, GER
  • Bachelor of Arts Political Science (2007 – 2009, 2010 – 2011)
    Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, GER
  • Participation, Deliberation, Deliberative Theory
  • Health Preferences
  • Philosophy of Health and Health Economics


Disentangling the welfarism/extra-welfarism distinction: Towards a more fine-grained categorization

Ruben Sakowsky

Health Economics, 2021.

Understanding public preferences and trade-offs for government responses during a pandemic: a protocol for a discrete choice experiment in the UK.

Mesfin Genie, Luis Loría-Rebolledo, Shantini Paranjothy, Daniel Powell, Mandy Ryan, Ruben Sakowsky, Verity Watson.

BMJ Open, 2020.

Should women aged 70–74 be invited to participate in screening mammography? A report on two Australian community juries.

Chris Degeling, Alexandra Barratt, Sanchia Aranda, Robin Bell, Jenny Doust, Nehmat Houssami, Jolyn Hersch, Ruben Sakowsky, Vikki Entwistle, Stacy M Carter.

BMJ Open, 2018.


Our Values or mine – A philosophical and empirical critique of deliberative and stated preference elicitation techniques in health economics

Ruben Andreas Sakowsky

Doctoral Thesis, University of Aberdeen, 2020.