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Gry is a political philosopher whose work focuses on distributive justice and theories of equality, in particular as applied to health and public health policy. Her primary research interests include health inequality, the capability approach, priority-setting in health care and disability.

Journal articles
  • Wester, Gry. 2015. The social gradient in health: missed opportunities or unjust inequalities? American Journal of Bioethics. 15: 60-62. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1000746
  • Wester, Gry. 2015. Conscientious objection by health care professionals. Philosophy Compass. 10: 427-437. doi: 10.1111/phc3.12235

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

'The Norwegian National Council for Priority Setting in Health Care: decisions and justifications', with Berit Bringedal, Health Economics, Policy and Law, 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744133117000020

'Conscientious Objection by Health Care Professionals', Philosophy Compass, vol. 10 (7), 2015.

‘The Social Gradient in Health: Missed Opportunities or Unjust Inequalities?’, American Journal of Bioethics, vol. 15 (3), 2015.

‘Relational Equality and Health’, with Kristin Voigt, Social Philosophy and Policy, vol. 31 (2), 2015.

‘The Need for Health and Health Care’, with Jonathan Wolff, Encyclopedia of Health Economics. Ed. Anthony Culyer. Elsevier, 2014.

‘Rettferdig Fordeling av Helse?’ [A Fair Distribution of Health?], Rus & Samfunn [Substance abuse & Society], vol. 1, 2013.

‘The Social Gradient in Health: How Fair Retirement Could Make a Difference’, with Jonathan Wolff, Public Health Ethics, vol. 3 (1), 2010.


2012 - 2014: Post-doctoral Fellow at the Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium, McGill University, Montreal


2012: Ph.D. in Philosophy (University of Oslo)

-       Thesis: When are health inequalities unfair?


2007: M.Phil. (University College London)

-       Thesis: Doing justice to the disabled


2004: B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy (Trinity College Dublin)

Prioritizing healthcare: Tensions and interplays between legal, political, economic and professional perspectives

How do different priority-setting instruments work together in promoting equitable access to health care services of good quality in a population?

This universal issue is addressed in a multi-disciplinary study of priority-setting in Norwegian health care. The study is conducted by researchers from law and human rights, sociology, political science, anthropology, philosophy, medicine and nursing, and is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.