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Keith Hyams


Associate Professor

Email: K dot D dot Hyams at warwick dot ac dot uk
Room: E2.22
Advice and feedback hours: by apppointment

Keith Hyams is Associate Professor of Political Theory and Interdisciplinary Ethics. He is Deputy Director of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group, where he leads the group's work on Ethics in International Development and Global Catastrophic Risk. During 2018 he will be 'Philosopher in Residence' at the Cabinet Office, providing ethics advice across Whitehall on a range of policy issues.

Keith's research interests are united by a concern with global challenges facing humanity. His current research is in three areas:

1. Equity and ethics in international development and adaptation to climate change.

2. The governance of global catastrophic risk.

3. The role of empathy in building more effective political and economic institutions.

Keith's previous research focussed on the philosophy of equality and fairness, particularly in respect of distributions of risk. In 2015 he was awarded the Inaugural Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy for his work on equality and risk. He has also published on the ethics of consent, on justice and sustainability, and on political justification. His work on the Politics of Papua has been cited by MPs, including the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP.

Keith leads the British Academy Research Project 'Remedying Injustice in Indigenous Climate Adaptation Planning' (until 2019) and the Leverhulme Research Project 'Anthropogenic Global Catastrophic Risk: The Challenge of Governance' (until 2021), with case studies in biotech, nanotech, and artificial intelligence. Between 2008-12, he led the AHRC research project on equality ‘Sharing Nature’s Bounty’, and between 2012-14 he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow. He has held three British Academy research grants, an ESRC Impact Accelerator Grant, and has participated in interdisciplinary research projects funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, the EPSRC, Horizon 2020, FP7, ESRC, AHRC, NERC, and the National Research Council Canada.

Keith holds a DPhil in philosophy (Oxford), a BPhil in philosophy (Oxford, with a visiting term in Arizona), and a BA in philosophy and psychology (Oxford). Prior to joining Warwick, he was a Lecturer at the University of Reading and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, where he taught moral and political philosophy. He has been a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto (2009-10), a Visiting Hoover Fellow at the Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics, University of Louvain (2012), and a Visiting Academic in the Department of Philosophy, University of Oxford (2012-14). He has also lived in and worked on international development in various countries, including Rwanda, Guyana, India, Peru, Nigeria, Cuba, Mexico, Indonesia, and the Middle East.

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Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

  • Egalitarian Justice, (with Robert Lamb) Special issue of the Journal of Social Philosophy 44 (2013)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • 'On the Contribution of Ex Ante Equality to Ex Post Fairness', Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy vol. 3 (2017) [Sanders Prize in Political Philosophy]
  • 'Inserting Rights and Justice into Urban Resilience: a Focus on Everyday Risk', (with Gina Ziervogel, Mark Pelling, et al.) Environment and Urbanisation 29 (2017): 123-138
  • 'Climate Justice and Energy: Applying International Principles to UK Residential Energy Policy', (with Tina Fawcett and Ruth Mayne) Local Environment 22 (2017): 393-409
  • ‘Hypothetical Choice, Egalitarianism, and the Separateness of Persons’, Utilitas 27 (2015): 217-239

  • ‘Political Authority and Obligation’, in Issues in Political Theory 3rd edn., ed. Catriona McKinnon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • ‘Equality, Responsibility, and the Balance of Interests’, Journal of Social Philosophy 44 (2013): 392-401
  • ‘Introduction’, Journal of Social Philosophy 44 (2013): 313-315
  • ‘The Ethics of Carbon Offsetting’, (with Tina Fawcett) Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 4 (2013): 91-98
  • ‘Rights, Exploitation, and Third Party Harms: Why Background Injustice Matters to Consensual Exchange’, Journal of Social Philosophy, 43 (2012): 113-124
  • ‘When Consent Doesn't Work: A Rights-Based Case for Limits to Consent’s Capacity to Legitimise’, Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (2011): 110-138
  • ‘Political Authority and Obligation’, in Issues in Political Theory 2nd edn., ed. Catriona McKinnon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • ‘Political Philosophy’, (with Igor Shoikhedbrod) in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy, ed. Duncan Pritchard (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • ‘A Just Response to Climate Change: Personal Carbon Allowances and the Normal-Functioning Approach’, Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (2009), special issue on the global environment: 237-256
  • ‘Political Authority and Obligation’, in Issues in Political Theory, ed. Catriona McKinnon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • ‘Nozick's Real Argument for the Minimal State’, Journal of Political Philosophy 12 (2004): 353-364