- Kieran Oberman
- Senior Lecturer in Politics
- Chrystal Macmillan Building UK EH8 9LD
- Research Interests
- Political theory, Political philosophy, Global justice, just war theory, Immigration, Immigration and asylum policy, Distributive justice, Social justice
From 2019-2021 I will be carrying out research on migration ethics with the support of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship. Sadly this means that I will not be available to supervise theses and will not be holding office hours.
I joined Edinburgh University in September 2013. I obtained my DPhil in Politics from Oxford University and have since held positions at the University of Louvain, Stanford University, the Asian University for Women and University College Dublin
I write aricles for public forum websites such as the World Economic Forum and OpenDemocracy. These articles seek to apply ideas from political philosophy to contemporary public affairs. Edinburgh is a fantastic place to do political theory. If you are considering studying for a PhD in political theory at Edinburgh or simply wish to find out more please see our website http://politicaltheory.sps.ed.ac.uk
A list of publications is below. If you have trouble getting hold of anything, please get in touch with me via email.
- DPhil Politics (Oxford)
- MPhil Politics (Oxford)
- BA Politics (Swansea)
There are four open access articles below. In their case, you can click "PDF" for direct download. If you have trouble getting hold of any other article, please contact me by email.
- "Killing and Rescuing: Why Necessity Must be Rethought", The Philosophical Review, 129/3, (2020).
- "Refugee Discrimination – The Good, the Bad, and the Pragmatic", Journal of Applied Philosophy, (Online first). PDF
- "Border Rescue", in The Political Philosophy of Refuge, eds David Miller and Christine Straehle, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).
- "War and Poverty", Philosophical Studies, 176/1, (2019). PDF
- "Reality for Realists: Why Economic Migrants Should Not Just ‘Go home and Wait for Assistance'", European Political Science, 17/4, (2018).
- "Immigration and Equal Ownership of the Earth", Ratio Juris, 30/2, (2017).
- "Emigration in a Time of Cholera : Freedom, Brain Drain, and Human Rights", Law, Ethics and Philosophy, 4, (2017). PDF
- "Immigration, Citizenship, and Consent: What is Wrong with Permanent Alienage?", Journal of Political Philosophy, 25/1, (2017).
- "Immigration as a Human Right", in Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership, eds. Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).
- "The Myth of the Optional War: Why States Are Required to Wage the Wars They Are Permitted to Wage", Philosophy & Public Affairs, 43/4 (2015).
- "Poverty and Immigration Policy", American Political Science Review, 109/2 (2015).
- "Can Brain Drain Justify Immigration Restrictions?", Ethics, 123/3 (2013). PDF
- "Beyond Sectarianism? On David Miller’s Theory of Human Rights", Res Publica, 19/3 (2013).
- "Immigration, Global Poverty and the Right to Stay", Political Studies, 59/2 (2011).
I am happy to supervise students working in contemporary political theory, particularly on distributive justice, egalitarianism, immigration, territorial rights, just war theory and global poverty. For further information see http://politicaltheory.sps.ed.ac.uk
If you are interested in being supervised by Kieran Oberman, please see the links below for more information: