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 policy makers should deal with gender wage gaps and lifespan variations as well as the role that demographic factors should play in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Selected publications

- Williams, A 2022, 'Fertility and Collective Responsibility', Butt D, Fine S, & Stemplowska Z, Political Philosophy, Here and Now, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 50-64.

- Eyal N, Gheaus A, Gosseries A, Magalhaes M, Ngosso T, Steuwer B, Tangcharoensathien V, Trifan I & Williams A 2022, 'COVID Vaccine Prioritization in Low- and Middle-income Countries May Justifiably Depart from High-income Countries’ Age Priorities', Clinical Infectious Diseases, 75, SUPPL 1, S93 - S97.

- Christiano T & Williams A 2022, 'Introduction to Symposium on International Migration', Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 21, 3, pp 247 - 248.

Selected research activities

“On 'Must Republicans Be Socialists?”, Labor Market and Workplace Justice, Oxford, July 14, 2022

“Comments on McMahan”, Population Ethics and Practical Ethics, UPF, October 3, 2022

“Justice, Legitimacy, and Population Size”, Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, October 4, 2022

“Shelby on Race, Reparations, and Justice as Fairness”, Race and PPE, Tulane University, October 28, 2022

“How to Pursue a Career in Political Theory”, UPF, November 9, 2022

Coordinator of Marie Skłodowska-Curie project on Justice and the Future of Work

Co-organizer of Bidadanure on Justice Across Age Groups, UPF, May 4, 2022, and on Race and PPE, Tulane University, October 28-29, 2022

Editor-in-Chief, Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Associate Editor, Law, Ethics, and Philosophy

PhD Co-Supervisor, Globalization in a World of Equals: a Normative Analysis of Trade-related Inequalities, UPF (2022)

MA Supervisor for How Carbon Pricing Can Protect Basic Rights Across GenerationsThe Separateness of Persons, Moral Status, and the Ethics of Distribution, and Frick on Procreative Asymmetry

PhD Co-Examiner, Racial Injustice and Universal Basic Income, University of Sussex, Justice as Fairness, Productive Ownership Rights and Wider Economic Liberties, Central European University, and Mind, Motivation, and Order: Reconstructing Part III of A Theory of Justice, McGill University