Monday, 26 July 2010

Global Justice and Global Democracy PhD Opportunity

Doctoral Researcher Political Philosophy
Global Justice and Global Democracy
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of K.U.Leuven is seeking to recruit.

The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, a K.U.Leuven Centre of Excellence, hosts a 7-year research programme on 'Global Governance and Democratic Government' (2010-2017). This research programme aims at the construction of a new paradigm for democratic global governance.

Your opportunities

You are part of an interdisciplinary group of scholars conducting research on 'Global Governance and Democratic Government'.
You conduct doctoral research - as part of the research programme on 'Global Governance and Democratic Government' - in the area of political philosophy.
You specialize in normative political philosophy, with emphasis on analyzing the ideals of global justice and of transnational or global democracy. Your analysis will serve as the theoretical backdrop for the construction of a paradigm for global governance practices which satisfy the demands of democracy and justice.
You publish and hold presentations on topics related to international political theory.
Within a four-year time span, your academic research will result in the submission and defence of a PhD-dissertation.
Your profile

You obtained a Master in Philosophy with a clear and demonstrable interest in political philosophy.
You have excellent command of English.
Foreign experience and knowledge - preferably an additional degree - of law, political science, sociology or linguistics are a plus.
During your studies you obtained excellent results from a leading university. Preferably, you graduated with great distinction (magna cum laude).
You are open to interdisciplinary research.
You are able to work in a research team involving junior and senior colleagues and can organize your own activities.
You are able to handle stress and deadlines and are familiar with multi-tasking.
You have excellent reporting, writing and presentation skills.
Our offer

We offer an employment as full-time doctoral researcher starting on 1 November 2010 for 1 year, renewable up to 4 years.

Please visit and apply online. Applications (including cover letter, CV, and the names of two referees whom we may approach prior to appointment) must be received no later than 31 August 2010. K.U.Leuven carries out an equal opportunity and diversity policy.

For more information about the job description, please contact Prof. Dr. Helder De Schutter (

For more information about the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, please visit

Saturday, 10 July 2010

ESRC DFID Development Research Funding


DEADLINE: 30 September 2010

DFID and ESRC are pleased to announce a second call for applications under Phase 2 of their strategic partnership to provide a joint funding scheme for development research. The purpose of the scheme is to provide a more robust conceptual and empirical basis for development, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

WORKSHOPS: A series of workshops are planned for potential applicants in July to give advice on the application process and further detail on the remit of the call.
· 10.00 on 16 July - e-Science Institute, Edinburgh University - register via the National e-Science Centre website at
· 14.00 on 21 July - Priory Road Social Sciences Complex, Bristol
· 14.00 on 22 July - Wellcome Collection, London - hosted by the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS)
· 10.00 on 23 July - The Rose Bowl, Leeds Metropolitan University
To register for workshops in London, Leeds or Bristol please email and include in the email subject the date and venue of the workshop you wish to attend.

THEME: The second phase of funding retains the overall 'poverty alleviation' theme from the first phase, and applications under this broad heading will still be eligible. However, ESRC and DFID have identified three thematic areas for this call where work will be of particular interest:
· Population and Development;
· Development in a Changing World: the Challenge for Theory, Policy and Action;
· Inequality and Development.

FUNDING: This second phase of the joint scheme has a total budget of £23 million and consists of three annual calls for proposals. £7m is set aside for this second call. Full applications are invited between £100,000 and £500,000 (100 per cent FEC).

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Any UK and non-UK applicant(s) and their institutions intending to apply to this call must ensure they are registered with Je-S.

CONTACT: Email or tel Lyndy Griffin (0) 1793 413135, or Peter Stephenson (0) 1793 442162, or Eloise Stott (0) 1793 413387.

Introducing a new approach to global poverty


The Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the UNDP Human Development Report Office would like to invite you to participate in a special policy forum at the Commonwealth Club in London on Wednesday 14 July 10.00 – 11.30am. Speakers include Jeni Klugman, Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office, Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI at the Oxford Department of International Development, James Foster, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University and OPHI Research Associate, and Michael Anderson, Director General for Policy and Global Issues at the Department for International Development.

Our aim is to focus discussion on the impact on global poverty strategy of a new measure, the Multidimensional Poverty Index or MPI, which will be prominently featured in the forthcoming 2010 UNDP Human Development Report, 20 Years On: Pushing the Frontiers of Human Development. In this report the MPI supplants the Human Poverty Index or HPI used in recent Human Development Reports as a tool for measuring the nature and impact of poverty at the household level. The report, which marks the 20th anniversary of the UNDP’s flagship publication, will be released in October but research findings from the introduction of the new internationally comparable measure will be made available at the July policy forum.

The UNDP Human Development Report Office is joining forces with OPHI, who developed the MPI, to promote a debate internationally on how the new instrument can help better analyse the drivers of acute poverty across the world and target development resources more effectively. We hope that you will want to join the specially invited audience of senior development policy-makers, media commentators, academics and aid practitioners at the policy forum.

Please RSVP to Sarah Valenti at or on +44 (0)1865 271528. We hope you will join us for this event and look forward to welcoming you on 14 July.

Warm regards,


Sabina Alkire
Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
Oxford Department of International Development,
Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford
3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Global Justice and the Social Determinants of Health

Global Justice and the Social Determinants of Health
Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 24.2 (Summer 2010)

Sridhar Venkatapuram

June 14, 2010

Public scrutiny and deliberation are central to both the sciences and ethical reasoning. In the sciences, research findings and analyses are put forward in the public arena not simply to announce new evidence but also for public examination, to be either corroborated or disputed. In ethics there is a similar process, whereby reasoned arguments are put forward about what is the good or right thing to do. In either domain, knowledge is expanded through the coherence and acceptance of the analyses and arguments, which depends on their being able to withstand public scrutiny. Therefore, when scientific and ethical arguments are brought together, the task of public deliberation is twofold, as it must encompass the empirical and the normative; and when the arguments concern an issue of such enormous scope as global health inequalities, public deliberation has to include national and global domains.
It is precisely this kind of twofold public deliberation that the World Health Organization's (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) anticipated when it released its final report at the end of 2008. In that report, the commission combined epidemiological analysis of health inequalities within and across countries with an essentially cosmopolitan ethical argument for motivating global social action to mitigate ill health and health inequalities. By doing so the commission brought together the consideration of scientific evidence, the centrality of global public deliberation to global health, and a view on global social justice.

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