Andrew Williams

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Andrew Williams read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and was a graduate student at Nuffield College, Oxford and Harvard University. He then became a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford, and later taught at York, Reading and Warwick, where he was a Professor of Philosophy before joining ICREA in October 2009. He has also been a visiting professor in the Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics at Yale University and the Department of Philosophy at Harvard, and a Faculty Fellow in Ethics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is an Editor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics and his articles have been published in such journals as Ethics, Economics and Philosophy, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy & Public Affairs, and Utilitas.

Research interests

My interests lie in moral and political philosophy and practical rationality, as well as intersecting areas in economics and politics. I am especially interested in issues of distributive justice, including ones arising across states and generations. My current work examines how egalitarian distributive principles should accommodate concerns with risk and with personal and collective choice and responsibility. It also explores how such principles should guide the design of social institutions that shape the prospects of children, parents, the elderly, and future generations.

Selected publications

- Williams A 2017, 'Symposium on justice, the family, and public policy', Politics Philosophy & Economics, 16, 2, 115 - 116.

- Quong J & Williams A 2017, 'Symposium on Settlement, Borders, and Violence', Politics Philosophy & Economics, 16, 4, 349 - 350.

Selected research activities

Co-Editor, Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Coordinator of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Project by Professor Paul Bou-Habib on Ethics and Aging

Age, Justice, and Longevity, with Paul Bou-Habib, Conference on Taking Age Discrimination Seriously, Institute of State and Law, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Longevity and Liability: What Difference Does Variation in Lifespan Make To The Demands of Fairness? with Paul Bou-Habib, Conference on Aging and Distributive Justice, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Panel Session, with Nora Lustig and Jaume Ventura, on Globalization, Inequality and Democracy, 1st Catalan Economic Society Conference

Is It Fair To Free-Ride On Parents?, Jerusalem Forum for Political Philosophy, Department of Political Science, Hebrew University

Is Multiculturalism Bad for Future Generations?, University of Tromsø

On Predistribution, Conference entitled On Economic Inequality and Capitalism Murphy Institute, Tulane University

Caney on Equality, Ecology, and Demography, Workshop entitled On Cosmopolitanism, Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham

Invited participant in seminar series on Combatting Inequalities: the Great Global Challenge, Fundació Catalunya Europa

Co-organized conference entitled On Economic Inequality and Capitalism, Murphy Institute, Tulane University

Co-organized conference on Distributive Justice and Aging, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Supervised four successful Masters dissertations at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Universitat de Barcelona

European Research Council Advanced Grant Panel Evaluator

External Examiner of DPhil at University of Oxford