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. My current research is on justice and the family. 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. I have also worked on the ethics of markets, egalitarianism, and theories of well-being. 

Selected research activities

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

- Invited Plenary Speaker, Oxford Political Thought Conference; Invited Speaker, Center for Ethics and Public Affairs, Tulane University

- Associate Editor of Ethics. An International Journal of Social, Political and Legal Philosoph

- Reviewer of Manuscript for Oxford University Press, and of articles for Economics&Philosophy, The Journal of Political Philosophy, Critical Review of International Social & Political Philosophy; the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Res Publica

- Society for Applied Philosophy, Executive Committee Member

- Supervisor of PhD Theses completed in 2020: Riccardo Spotorno (Universitat Pompeu Fabra); Huub Brouwer (Tilburg University); Fernando de los Santos Menéndez (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)