Global Priorities Seminar

The Global Priorities Institute is an interdisciplinary research centre at the University of Oxford. Its aim is to conduct foundational research that informs the decision-making of individuals and institutions seeking to do as much good as possible. It prioritises topics which are important, neglected, and tractable, and uses the tools of multiple disciplines, especially philosophy and economics, to explore the issues at stake.

The Global Priorities Seminar takes place each week during term time. The seminars are open to all. Those who attend are invited to join the speaker and the convenor for lunch immediatelty following the end of the seminar. Meals for a limited number of attendees will be paid for on a first come first serve basis - to let us know you would like to come to lunch, email Michelle Hutchinson.

Seminars ordinarily take place on Fridays 12.00-13.30 in the Petrov Room (Suite 5) at Littlegate House, 16-17 St Ebbes. 

Global Priorities Seminar Convenors: Hilary Greaves and Rossa O'Keeffe-O'Donovan | Global Priorities Institute Website

Past Terms

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Week 1 (11th October)

Christian Tarsney

'Non-identity, times infinity'

Week 2 (18th October) Antony Millner 'Non-dogmatic social discounting'
Tatjana Visak 'Two Types of Long-Termism'
Week 4 (2nd November) Elizabeth Baldwin 'Choosing in the Dark: Incomplete Preferences, and Climate Policy'
Week 5 (9th November) Jonathan Wolff 'Risk and the regulation of new technologies'

Week 6 (16th November)

Lant Pritchett

'Is a Goldilocks approach to global labor mobility a high value investment?'

Week 7 (23rd November) Joe Horton 'Suboptimal charity' (co-authored with Theron Pummer)

Week 8 (30th November)

Anne-Marie Nussberger 'When people err on the safe side: Social decision-making under uncertainty)'

Week 1 (27th April)

Andreas Mogensen (Jesus College)

"Long-Termism for risk averse altruists"

Week 2 (4th May) Lucius Caviola and Stefan Schubert (Lincoln College and CEA) "The Psychology of (in)effective Giving"
Week 3 (11th May) Rossa O'Keeffe-O'Donovan (Nuffield) "Program Evaluation in the Presence of Strategic Interactions"
Week 4 (18th May))  Richard Povey (Hereford College) "The Limits to Altruism"
Week 5 (25th May)  Miriam Schoenfield (MIT) "What Good is Imprecision"

Week 6 (1st June)

Stefan Riedener (UZH)

"Intertheoretic Comparisons and Effective Alturism"

Week 7 (8th June) Nava Ashraf (LSE) "Alturistic Capital"

Week 8 (15th June)

Paul Niehaus (UC San Diego) "A Theory of Good Intentions"

Week 1 (23rd January)

Caspar Hare (MIT)

"The Ethics of Chaos"

Week 2 (26th January) Larry Temkin (Rutgers) "Universal Health Coverage: Solution or Siren? Some preliminary thoughts"
Week 3 (2nd February) Andreas Morgensen (Jesus College)  and Teru Thomas (FHI, Oxford) "Literature review: Risk aversion and ambiguity aversion"
Week 4 (9th February, 5-6.50pm Chad Jones (Stanford) "Life and Growth"
Week 5 (16th February)  Dominik Peters (Balliol College) "Axioms and Mechanisms for Donor Coordination"

Week 6 (Thursday, 22nd February, 1-2.30pm)

Yew-Kwang Ng (NTU Singapore)

Inaurugal Atkinson Memorial Lecture

Week 7 (2nd March) No Seminar  

Week 8 (8th March)

Natalie Quinn (Lady Margaret Hall) "Eliciting values to build a multidimensional index: Women's empowerment in Tunisia"
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