Research Team

Prof Gustaf Arrhenius

Principal Investigator (PI)

Arrhenius is the director of the Institute for Futures Studies (IF) and Professor of practical philosophy at the Dept. of Philosophy, Stockholm University. His research interests are primarily in moral and political philosophy, and he is especially interested in issues at the intersection between moral and political philosophy and the medical and social sciences.

Prof Krister Bykvist


Bykvist is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the Dept. of Philosophy, Stockholm University and a Research Fellow at IF, Stockholm. His primary interests are in normative ethics, including consequentialism, utilitarianism, population ethics, prudence, and wellbeing. 


Dr Göran Duus-Otterström


Duus-Otterström is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg and Research Fellow at IF. He is a political theorist with a background in the theory of justice, both distributive and retributive. 

Dr Ralf Bader

Core team member

Bader is tutorial fellow & Associate Professor in Philosophy, Oxford. His research primarily focuses on value theory , contemporary metaphysics, and Kant.

Prof Geoffrey Brennan

Core team member

Brennan is Professor at School of Philosophy, Australian National University. His research interests lie broadly across the intersection between Economics and Moral and Political Philosophy.

Prof John Broome

core team member

Emeritus White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford, Visiting Professor at Stanford and Adjunct Professor at the ANU. He has done extensive work on population ethics, health ethics, environmental ethics, decision theory, and equality.

Dr Tim Campbell

Core team member

Campbell is a Postdoctoral researcher in Philosophy, IF, Stockholm. Tim is exploring the implications of different views of personal identity for population ethics, focusing on normative questions relating to future generations.

Prof Simon Caney

core team member

Caney is Professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford. He has published widely on liberalism, global justice, and climate ethics.

Prof Erik Carlson

core team member

Carlson is Professor of Practical Philosophy at Uppsala University. His work is mainly in normative ethics, value theory, and measurement theory.

Prof Roger Crisp

core team member

Crisp is a Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford and an Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, St Anne s College, Oxford. His main interests are in ethics, political philosophy, and ancient philosophy.

Prof Partha Dasgupta

core team member

Disgupta is Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge. He has written extensively on topics such as welfare and development economics, population, optimal resource use, and the economics of climate change.

Dr Malcolm Fairbrother

core team member

Fairbrother is Professor at the Department of Sociology at Umeå University. A political sociologist, his most recent work has used survey experiments and large cross-national datasets to identify conditions under which people are more or less concerned about environmental problems and supportive of policy responses to them.

Dr Elizabeth Finneron-Burns

core team member

Elizabeth holds a BA in Political Studies from Queen’s University in Canada and an MSc in Political Theory from the LSE. Her primary research interest is our obligations to future generations, including who and how many people we create, and what kind of lives we leave them.

Prof Marc Fleurbaey

core team member

Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University. His research on normative and public economics and theories of distributive justice has focused in particular on the analysis of equality of opportunity, fairness principles, health priority setting, income taxation, and climate policy.

Prof Hilary Greaves

core team member

Greaves is a Professor in Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow at Somerville College, Oxford. Her research interests include foundational issues in consequentialism, aggregation, moral psychology and selective debunking arguments.

Dr Johan Gustafsson

core team member

Gustafsson is lecturer in philosophy, University of York. He has written on decision theory, value theory, consequentialism, moral aggregation, personal identity, and indeterminacy in ethics.

Dr Clare Heyward

core team member

Heyward is Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. Her research has centred on questions of global and intergenerational justice raised by climate change.

Prof Robert Huseby

core team member

Huseby is Professor in Political Science, and affiliated researcher at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN) at the University of Oslo. He has written about distributive justice, climate ethics, population ethics, nonconsequentialism, and democratic theory.

Dr Martin Kolk

core team member

Kolk is a Postdoctoral researcher and Docent in Demography at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University and at IF. His research focuses on intergenerational issues in demography.

Dr Julia Mosquera

Core team member

Mosquera is a Postdoctoral researcher in Philosophy at IF in Stockholm. Among other things, she studies issues related to the evaluation of trade-offs between inequality and equality that arise from changes in the composition of populations.

Dr Edward Page

core team member

Page is Associate Professor of Political Theory, University of Warwick. His research focuses on justice between generations, global distributive justice, and global climate change justice.

Prof Melinda Roberts

core team member

Roberts is Professor of philosophy at the College of New Jersey. She works mainly in population and procreative ethics and is interested in developing a person-affecting form of consequentialism that functions well for both deontological and teleological purposes.

Dr Katie Steele

core team member

Steele is Associate Professor at the Australian National University. She works on rational choice and inference, and issues concerning the science-policy interface.

Prof Wlodek Rabinowicz

Core team member

Rabinowicz is Professor Emeritus of Practical Philosophy, Lund University. His areas of research are moral philosophy, value theory, decision theory, and philosophical logic.

Prof Stéphane Zuber

core team member

Zuber is Chargé de Recherche at CNRS, affiliated with CES. His primary research topics are economic theory, welfare theory and environmental economics.

Dr Anders Herlitz

core team member

Herlitz is a Research Fellow at IF. His research interests are moral and political philosophy and he is especially interested in value conflicts and comparability problems

Dr Vuko Andric

core team member

Andrić is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Bayreuth. His primary research interests are in normative ethics and political philosophy.

Dr Dean Spears


Dean Spears is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the Economics Department and the Population Research Center and is a visiting economist at the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi. He studies economic demography, especially the health and well-being of children in developing countries

Associated researchers

Dr Simon Beard (Philosohy, Cambridge)
Prof Ludvig Beckman (Political Theory, IF)
Dr Orri Stefánsson (Philosophy, IF)
Prof Charles Blackorby (Economics, British Columbia)
Prof Walter Bossert (Economics, Montreal)
Prof Nick Bostrom (Philosophy, Oxford)
Prof Karin Bäckstrand (Political Science, Stockholm)
Dr William Macaskill (Philosophy, Oxford)
Dr Koen Decancq (Economics, Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, Antwerp)
Prof Franz Dietrich (Economics, Senior research fellow, CNRS)
Prof David Donaldson, (Economics, British Columbia)
Prof Otmar Edenhofer (Economics, Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact)
Dr Karin Enflo (Philosophy, Luleå)
Prof Iwao Hirose (McGill)
Dr Jens Johanson (Philosophy, Uppsala)
Prof Axel Gosseries (Political Theory, Louvain)
Prof Wolfgang Lutz (Demography, Vienna Institute of Demography)
Prof Catriona McKinnon (Political Theory, Reading)
Prof Darrel Moellendorf (Political Theory, Goethe-Universität-Frankfurt am Main)
Prof Serena Olsaretti (Philosophy, ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
Dr Toby Ord (Philosophy, Oxford)
Dr Gregory Ponthiere (Economics, CNRS, Paris)
Prof Ingmar Persson (Philosophy, Gothenburg)
Daniel Ramoller (Philosophy, Stockholm)
Prof Bo Rothstein (Political Science, Oxford/IF)
Prof Julian Savulescu (Philosophy, Oxford)
Prof Larry Temkin (Philosophy, Rutgers)
Prof Torbjorn Tannsjo (Philosophy, Stockholm)
Prof Bertil Tungodden (Economics, Oslo)
Prof John Weymark (Economics, Vanderbilt)