Professor of Political Theory
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Tuesday 12.00 – 1.00 & Thursday 3.30 – 4.30
I joined the Department of Politics and International Studies in 2017.
My research interests are in contemporary political philosophy. At the moment my focus is primarily on three related sets of issues. First, I am interested in the application of political philosophy to global politics. I have written on global poverty, global distributive justice, human rights, sovereignty, global governance, self-determination, war, humanitarian intervention, and legitimate ways of resisting global injustice. I am currently completing a book entitled On Cosmopolitanism: Equality, Ecology and Resistance (Oxford University Press).
Second, I also have a particular interest in the ethical issues raised by climate change, and I have written a series of articles on equity and climate change. In particular, I have written on the relationship between human rights and climate change, the fair share of greenhouse gas emissions, the allocation of the burdens of combating climate change, the nature of our responsibilities to prevent dangerous climate change, intergenerational justice, the ethical issues surrounding some mitigation policies (like emissions trading schemes and alternative energy sources) and the nature of a just transition to a low carbon world (including on who can extract the remaining fossil fuels that can be permissibly extracted). In addition to this, I have worked on the ethical issues arising from the relationship between demographic change and climate change. I am currently completing a book on Global Justice and Climate Change (Oxford University Press) with Derek Bell.
Third, I have a research interest in intergenerational justice and its implications for democratic theory and institutional design. I have published on both (i) what we owe future generations as well as (ii) how we can orient democratic politics to give better protection to the legitimate interests of future generations.
In the future, I plan to work on the normative issues surrounding technological change (including, for example, the ethical implications of automation for work and leisure).
Further information about my research (including the two books mentioned above) can be found here; http://simoncaney.weebly.com/
My googlescholar page can be found here: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=zjbFj-wAAAAJ&hl=en
In addition to publishing in academic journals, I have also been engaged in work for public bodies. I was a co-author of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics report Biofuels: Ethical Issues (2011) and have written background papers for the World Bank (2009), the International Council on Human Rights Policy (2010), the Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice (2014), and Oxfam (USA) (2016). I am currently a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. I am also a Lead Author for one chapter in the International Panel on Social Progress (2017) and a Contributing Author for another chapter.
I am currently teaching Principles of Political Economy. I am interested in supervising doctoral theses in contemporary political philosophy, and in particular those relating to the themes mentioned above.