Keynote Speakers

Ingrid Robeyns (Utrecht University)

Ingrid Robeyns (Leuven, 1972) was trained as an economist and philosopher and is currently holding the chair in ethics of institutions at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She received her PhD-degree for a dissertation on gender inequalities and the capability approach from Cambridge University, under the supervision of Amartya Sen. She has published widely on issues of (applied) social and political philosophy, with an emphasis on questions of injustice, and on applied areas and institutional analysis. In 2017, she published the book Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-examined, which can be downloaded for free from the Publisher’s website. She is currently directing the ERC-funded Fair Limits project, which investigates whether moral and/or political limits on the approporiation of ecological and economic resources are justified (read: no-one should be allowed to be a superpoluter, or to be superrich). More information can be found on


Liam Shields (University of Manchester)

I was born and raised in mid-Cheshire. I have a B.A. in Politics and Philosophy from Keele University (2004-2007) and an M.A in Political Philosophy (the idea of toleration) from the University of York, where I was awarded a C & J. B. Morrell scholarship (2007-2008). I studied for my PhD (“The Prospects for Sufficientarianism”) in the Philosophy department at the University of Warwick (2008-2011). Shortly after submitting my PhD, I took up the position of Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, where I worked on a project on Social Justice and Children. In January 2012, I was appointed Lecturer in Political Theory in Politics at the University of Manchester. For the academic year 2013/14 I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University, where I worked on a Spencer Foundation funded project on “Equality of Opportunity and Education”. Since January 2015 I have been PhD Admissions and Recruitment Tutor for Politics. In 2016 my first book Just Enough: sufficiency as a demand of justice was published by Edinburgh University Press. In May 2018 I was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in Political Theory.