David Owen is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the University of Southampton. His research interests run widely across issues of migration and refuge, democratic theory, global justice and theories of power. His most recent book What do we owe to refugees? (Polity Press, 2020) offers a normative reconstruction of the institution of refugeehood in terms of the conditions of legitimacy of the international state order that aims to underscore the purpose and value of the international refugee regime.
David’s current research projects focus on issues of justification and vindication in ethics and political philosophy, and on the relationship of global justice and global migration governance. He is particularly interested in issues concerning the design of migration governance in ways that integrate political justice arguments with theories of goods (public, private, club, common pool resources) of epistemic justice and of democratic inclusion.
In the first semester of 2020-21 David will be SSS Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He has previously been Visiting Professor in Philosophy and in Social and Political Sciences at the J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt. He is co-editor of the Critical Powers book series for Manchester University Press and of Citizenship Transitions for Palgrave Macmillan and also serves on the editorial/advisory boards of European Journal of Political Theory, Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Max Weber Studies, Political Studies and Political Studies Review. For further details, please see David Owen UoS page.