About Us

Our intellectual vision: Understanding global justice

The Institute was founded in 2008 to foster interdisciplinary research into the global challenges facing the international order, with particular attention to issues of ethics and justice. Our research addresses three overlapping thematic areas of global justice: questions of justice in contexts of conflict and peace; issues of poverty and wealth in the sphere of global economic cooperation and competition; questions of justice in mitigating and adapting to change in the global environment, including climate change. We are especially concerned to understand the interconnections between these three areas.

Our researchers and networks

The Institute mobilises the University's capacities for ethical reflection on human values, social responsibility and the moral demands of justice.  A central role in understanding global justice is played by the cluster of legal, moral, social and political philosophers who meet as the Political Theory Research Group to support understanding of linkages between ethical ideas and institutional organisation. Our research draws on expertise from across a range of disciplines including political science, international relations, philosophy, social anthropology, law, sociology, geography, economics, criminology, business management, African studies and South Asian studies.

Events and public engagement

JWI engages academic research with public and international concerns. The Institute's work is at the heart of the University's Global Justice Academy. From Autumn 2013 JWI events will include a monthly Ethics Forum meeting to engage academic and public debate on the ethical dimensions of contemporary concerns. We also aim to promote debate and understanding of the principles of social responsibility, sustainability and high ethical standards that form part of the University's strategic aims, for instance, through support of the University's Fair Trade Academic Network.

Postgraduate teaching and supervision

The JWI coordinates masters courses and programmes that join normative approaches to ethics and justice with more empirically-focussed investigation of contemporary social and global challenges like climate change, human rights, global health, international development and war, intervention, conflict, peace and reconstruction.