Serena Olsaretti

Serena Olsaretti

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


I have been an ICREA Research Professor at UPF since 2010. Prior to that, I was Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of St. John's College, which I joined in 2001. I had first arrived at Cambridge in 1999, as a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, after studying at the University of Oxford, where I obtained a B.A., an M.Phil. and a

Research interests

My work is in moral and political philosophy. I have worked on the ethics of markets, egalitarianism, and theories of well-being. Since September 2015, I have been the PI of an ERC Consolidator project on “Justice and the Family. An Analysis of the Normative Significance of Procreation and Parenthood in a Just Society”. The project examines what liberal egalitarian theorists of justice should think about how the costs and benefits of children should be distributed, both among contemporaries and across generations. I hold we need to address these relatively neglected questions to develop a complete and defensible theory of justice.

Selected research activities

– Parental Justice. The Role of the Family in a Just Society and in the Theory of Justice, monograph under contract with Oxford University Press

– Olsaretti, S., “Reproducirse es inmoral?” Interview in Valors 176 (December 2019)

– Elected member, Academia Europaea (since July 2019)

– Associate Editor of Ethics. An International Journal of Social, Political and Legal Philosophy

– PI of ERC Consolidator Grant on Justice and the Family: An Analysis of the Normative Significance of Procreation and Parenthood in a Just Society

– Organiser (with A-A Cormier and R Spotorno) of international conference on What Are Children Owed? (June 2019)

– Reviewer for Oxford University Press, and for Economics&Philosophy and Utilitas

– Society for Applied Philosophy, Executive Committee Member