Havi Carel grew up in Tel Aviv, where she completed a BA in Philosophy Single Honours (1994) and an MA in History and Philosophy of Science (1998). She came to the UK in 1998 to study for her PhD, on the concept of death, which she completed in 2002, at the University of Essex, under the supervision of Simon Critchley.
Upon graduation she took up a lectureship at the University of York, and then spent two years in Australia, working at the Australian National University in Canberra. She returned to the UK in 2006, and worked at UWE, Bristol until coming to Bristol in 2013.
Havi was made Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol in 2014. Her research examines the experience of illness and of receiving healthcare. In 2014 she was awarded a Senior Investigator Award by the Wellcome Trust, for a five year project entitled ‘Life of Breath’ (with Prof Jane Macnaughton, Durham University). She was recently voted by students as a ‘Best of Bristol’ lecturer.
She recently completed a monograph for Oxford University Press, entitled Phenomenology of Illness (out in September 2016).
She previously published on the embodied experience of illness, epistemic injustice, wellbeing within illness and on the experience of respiratory illness in the Lancet, BMJ, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, and in edited collections.
Havi is the author of Illness (2008, 2013), shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and of Life and Death in Freud and Heidegger (2006). She is the co-editor of Health, Illness and Disease (2012) and of What Philosophy Is (2004). She uses film in teaching and has co-edited a volume entitled New Takes in Film-Philosophy (2010). She also co-edited a special issue of Philosophy on ‘Human Experience and Nature’ (2013).
In 2009-11 Havi led an AHRC-funded project on the concepts of health, illness and disease. In 2011-12 she was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship for a project entitled ‘The Lived Experience of Illness’. In 2012-13 she held a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.