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Michel Bourban


Postdoctoral Researcher 


I joined the Department of Politics and International Studies in April 2020 as a Postdoctoral Researcher. I am working on the research project "Cosmopolitan Citizenship and Ecological Citizenship", funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), under the supervision of Simon Caney. I am especially interested in the fields of global justice, green political theory and climate ethics, and in topics such as sustainability, citizenship and cosmopolitanism. A summary of my research project can be found here:

I have published on climate justice, climate ethics and human rights, climate adaptation finance, international negotiations and climate policies, global justice, environmental ethics and animal ethics, effective altruism and virtue ethics, and on innovation ethics and responsible innovation. I am working on publication projects on strong sustainability ethics, planetary boundary policies, climate justice and feasibility, ethics and the energy transition, and on ecological and cosmopolitan citizenship.

Further information about my research can be found

- On my website:

- On my Academia webpage: 

- On my ResearchGate webpage: 


I have taught on many fields and topics, such as global and intergenerational justice, global ethics, sustainability ethics, climate ethics, modern moral and political philosophy, democracy, human rights, political liberalism, and just war theories. I have also taught on modern philosophers such as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, and Tocqueville.

Education and Previous Positions

I have studied and carried out research in political philosophy, ethics, and social and political sciences in Switzerland, France, the United States, and Germany. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Lausanne in Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences and English, as well as a Master in Political Philosophy and Ethics from Paris-Sorbonne University, with an exchange semester at Columbia University, New York. I also hold a PhD in Arts from the University of Lausanne and a PhD in Philosophy from Paris-Sorbonne University.

Once I completed my PhD dissertation, titled "Climate Justice: Duties and Corresponding Policies", I became a Junior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, and then a Research Assistant in Geography and Sustainability, both at the University of Lausanne. I also held a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer position in Philosophy and Ethics of the Environment at Kiel University, where I worked on a project titled "Supporting Adaptation to Sea level Rise in Small Island Developing States", funded by the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean".