Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Katy Wells

Assistant Professor
Room: D1.20

Advice and feedback hours (term 2):

Tuesday: 10-11
Thursday: 11.30-12.30


Katy Wells is Assistant Professor in Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Studies. Before coming to Warwick, she was a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College, University of Oxford (2016-18) and Associate Lecturer in Political Theory at the Department of Politics at the University of York (2015-16). She completed her DPhil (2016) at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

My research interests lie within normative political and legal theory, and at present I have three main areas of research interest: property, housing, and power. In the area of property, my research focusses on the importance of a particular property relation: renting. In the area of housing, I am concerned with considering the question of what we are owed when it comes to the provision of housing. Finally, I am interested in exploring the possibility of developing a plausible “positive” account of power.

You can find out more about my research here:


For 2018 – 19 I am module director for and teaching on:


  • PO134: Justice, Democracy and Citizenship
  • PO301: Issues in Political Theory


  • PO909: Justice and Equality

Wells, Katy. “The Right to Housing.” Political Studies Online First (2018).

Wells, Katy. “The Right to Personal Property.” Politics, Philosophy & Economics 15, no. 4 (2016): 358-378.

Wells, Katy. “High Liberalism and Weak Economic Freedoms.” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (2016).

Short/ Blog Pieces

Everyone deserves a right to housing – and that means a right to live alone. The Conversation (2018).

Selected Recent Presentations

2018 “Risk-aversion about Power.” Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy IX, University of Minho, Braga.

2018 “Renting: A Defence.” Centre for the Study of Social Justice, University of Oxford.

2018 “Beyond Empowerment: The Positive View of Power.” Stapledon Colloquium, University of Liverpool.

2017 “The Right to Housing.” Edinburgh Legal Theory Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh.

2017 “The Right to Housing.” Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Copenhagen.