PhD Candidate Owen Clifton has won a Global Priorities Fellowship through the Forethought Foundation for Global Priorities Research. The fellowship aims to support promising graduate students and early-career scholars, primarily in economics and philosophy, in contributing to global priorities research, with a particular focus on issues that are of relevance to improving the wellbeing of future generations over the very long term.
In addition, Owen has been selected to participate in the Early Career Conference Programme, an initiative of Oxford University’s Global Priorities Institute. The programme allows PhD students, postdocs and early-career faculty in economics and philosophy to visit Oxford for 4 weeks in June to work on a project related to global priorities research. Owen’s project concerns whether non-consequentialists should be “longtermists”: those who believe that a (the) principal determinant of the moral quality of an action is its expected effects on the long-term future.