Bidadanure, Juliana

Assistant Professor in Political Philosoph

Stanford University, Center for Ethics in Society, United States


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2014/2015

Ph.D. Institution

University of York, United Kingdom


I am currently completing my PhD thesis in Political Philosophy within the School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy at the University of York in the UK (submission planned for summer 2014). My interests lie at the intersection of Philosophy and Public Policy. I am interested in the theory and practice of equality in general.
My thesis is a philosophical investigation of intergenerational equality and asks what governments owe to their young citizens. Inequalities between generations crystallize political and economic tensions. I provide a critical framework that serves to distinguish between acceptable and objectionable inequalities. I look at how the political theory of justice between generations can guide us in addressing current demographic trends and discourses of generational equity, and in informing creative and efficient policymaking. I engage with the normative aspects of youth disadvantage and evaluate suitable policies to alleviate youth unemployment, poverty and exclusion.
During my time at York and my visit at the Hoover Chair in Economics and Social Ethics (2012), I started researching the policy proposal of a Universal Basic Income for young people. I then produced a philosophical defence of Basic Income for the young as part of my thesis. I wish to explore this aspect of my work further at the EUI.
I taught on the history of political thought and contemporary political philosophy at the University of York. I am interested in teaching political philosophy in general and the philosophy of basic income, intergenerational justice and the history of egalitarian thought in particular.
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