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Andrew Williams

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. His work has been published in such journals as Ethics, Economics and Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy & Public Affairs, and Utilitas, and he is Editor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics.

Research interests

My interests lie in moral and political philosophy and practical rationality, as well as intersecting areas in economics and political science. My research focuses in particular on questions about distributive justice, including ones arising across states and generations. I explore how egalitarian distributive principles should guide the design of social institutions that shape the prospects of children, parents, the elderly, and future generations. My most recent work examines how we should deal with the needs of the elderly and with variations in lifespan as well as the role that demographic factors should play in our response to climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Selected publications

– Antó JM, Martí JL, Casals J, Bou-Habib P, Casal P, Fleurbaey M, Frumkin H, Jiménez-Morales M, Jordana J, Lancelotti C, Llavador H, Mélon L, Solé R, Subirada F, & Williams A 2021, ‘The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education.‘, Sustainability (2021) 13(6): pp. 3372 – 3383

Paula Casal & Andrew Williams, ‘Justicia Distributiva’, I Gonzalez & J Queralt eds. Razones públicas, Barcelona: Ariel (2021): pp. 281 – 302

– Tom Parr & Andrew Williams, ‘Fair Insurance: Defended, Amended, and Extended’, Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Volume 8 (2021): pp. 69 – 102

Selected research activities


– ‘Sangiovanni on Voluntary Acceptance and Fair Play’, Workshop on Fair Play, UPF, 11 January 2021
– ‘On “Socialism Unrevised”’, Conference on Labor Justice and the Transformation of Work, UPF, 21 July 2021
– ‘Fair Equality of Opportunity: A Dirty Little Secret?’, International Symposium on the Centenary of John Rawls & the 50th Anniversary of A Theory of Justice, University of Girona, 15 October, 2021
– ‘Relational Equality or Equality of Resources?’, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Canada, 23 November, 2021
– ‘The External Effects of Reproduction’, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, University of Hong Kong, 9 December, 2021


Editor, Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Associate Editor, Law, Ethics, & Philosophy 

Coordinator of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Project by Professor Tom Parr on Social Justice and the Future of Work

Co-organizer of PPE Reading Group on Work, UPF

Co-organizer of Politics, Philosophy & Economics Conference, Tulane University, 26 – 28 February, 2021

Principal Investigator (with Paula Casal, ICREA) for ‘Food, Fertility, and Footprints’, an international research project funded by the Planetary Well-Being Initiative at Pompeu Fabra University

Co-supervisor for UPF PhD dissertation by Pedro da Silva on ‘Social Justice and Tax Competition within the European Union’, April 13, 2021

ICREA Memoir 2021