Dr. Ruben Andreas Sakowsky

Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine

Dr. Ruben Andreas Sakowsky
University Medical Center Göttingen
Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine

Humboldtallee 36
37073 Göttingen

Tel.: +49(0)551 39 69316
Mail: rubenandreas.sakowsky(at)med.uni-goettingen.de
Raum: 2.112

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 Philosophie (2011 – 2012, 2013 – 2015)
    Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, DE
  • Bachelor of Arts Politikwissenschaft (2007 – 2009, 2010 – 2011)
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, DE

Research areas

  • Participation,
  • Deliberation,
  • Deliberative Theory Health Preferences Philosophy of Health and Health Economics



  • Public acceptability of non-pharmaceutical interventions to control a pandemic in the UK: a discrete choice experiment. Luis Enrique Loría-Rebolledo, Mandy Ryan, Verity Watson, Mesfin G Genie, Ruben Sakowsky, Daniel Powell, Shantini Paranjothy. BMJ Open, 2022. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-054155
  • Die COVID-19-Pandemie als Impulssetzer für die Lehrgestaltung: Reflexionen aus Lehrenden-Perspektive zur Online-Lehre in der Medizinethik. Julia Perry, Ragna Ruhaas, Ruben Sakowsky. Ethik in der Medizin, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00481-021-00669-4
  • Disentangling the welfarism/extra-welfarism distinction: Towards a more fine-grained categorization. Ruben Sakowsky. Health Economics, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.4382
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-043477
  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021174

Doctoral dissertation

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.

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