About Rani Lill Anjum

I am a philosopher at NMBU, Norway. I work on causation etc.

Women in academia – are we the problem?

As a female academic, I have received many opportunities for support. I have been offered mentors and courses on presentation technique and mindfulness. Still, I am not sure that the disadvantage of being a woman in academia is really that we aren’t able to present, publish or network. I here present my advise for improving the situation of gender bias and structural inequalities in academia.

Talking about causation in complexity for the Words Matter podcast

I was interviewed by Oliver Thompson for the podcast Words Matter – Improving Clinical Communication about the CauseHealth project and our recently published book, Rethinking Causality, Complexity and Evidence for the Unique Patient. A CauseHealth Resource for Healthcare Professionals and the Clinical Encounter (Springer 2020). Listen to the whole interview here.


Academic writing duos


Photo: Mia Blakstad

Most of my work is co-authored, which is not that common in philosophy or the humanities. In a feature article from Times Higher Education (THE), Matthew Reisz interviews a number of academic duos about their partnership. Stephen Mumford and I are also interviewed here about our 10 year collaboration as Team MumJum. Reading it, we were surprised to learn that so many of our own experiences – positive and negative – were shared by the other writing duos. Continue reading

Managing Complexity In Musculoskeletal Conditions: Reflections From A Physiotherapist

In this blog (and linked article), physiotherapist Matt Low explains how he uses patient narratives, mind-maps and the vector model of causation to help his patients. The result is a person-centered approach that emphasises causal complexity, individual context and the idea that at least some of the causes of pain can be counteracted and thus controlled by the patient. Matt is a collaborator of CauseHealth and this is his second article describing his unique approach to chronic pain.

Perspectives on Physiotherapy

I was fortunate enough to have been invited by Physio First to contribute to their journal ‘In Touch’ and I chose to write about managing complexity with the different types of ‘evidence’ that we deal with in a healthcare setting.

This is an area of interest for me and I still grapple with many areas of clinical practice.  These include balancing the normative and narrative examination, evaluating and weighting the evidence appropriately for the person seeking care in front of me and also reconciling and communicating the reasoning process within a person centred framework.  Clearly, this is work in progress and I hope this reflective piece demonstrates a movement in this direction.

I hope this paper is informative and useful in that it shares some of my deliberations, thoughts and perspectives in clinical care.

Many thanks to Physio First http://www.physiofirst.org.uk/ for giving me the opportunity to share this.

Managing complexity…

View original post 19 more words

A super short introduction to our Causation VSI


Epidemiologist Ellie Murray (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) has made this excellent presentation on Twitter where she explains all the main points of our book, Causation – A Very Short Introduction. Continue reading

What Tends to Be


This summer I received copies of our new book with Routledge, What Tends to Be. The Philosophy of Dispositional Modality. Besides from looking really cool, this book is the result of many years’ work on developing our theory on tendencies. Continue reading

CauseHealth workshop N=1 is now a section in JECP special issue.

Causality, Complexity and Evidence in Health Sciences


The Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice has dedicated a section of its latest special issue to collect seven contributions which were previously presented in the CauseHealth workshop N=1. A further contribution from the same workshop was published by the same journal last year.

View original post 48 more words