Priority in Practice – 10th Anniversary Conference at UCL, 17-18 Sept 2013

The Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health is delighted to announce a free conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the Priority in Practice network, at UCL on 17-18 September 2013.


The Priority in Practice (PiP) network was launched in 2003, bringing together an international and interdisciplinary group to explore how abstract theories of equality can be used to inform actual public policy decision making (and at the same time to consider whether current theories are adequate for this purpose). This 10th anniversary conference is the 15th PiP workshop. Whilst most have been held at UCL, PiP workshops have also been convened in Harvard, Stanford, Dublin and Windhoek (Namibia). Each paper is scheduled for one hour: talks will be around half an hour, with the remaining time for questions.

The Council Room, The Rubin Building, School of Public Policy, 29/30 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9QU.

To register for the conference, go to

17 September
09.30 – 10.00 Coffee and Registration
10.00 – 11.00 Nick Tyler (UCL), Priorities in a city: equity and the Vitruvian triad
11.00 – 12.00 Jonathan Wolff (UCL), Severe Disadvantage
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Simon Duffy (Centre for Welfare Reform), Citizenship – Theory & Practice: social justice and the realities of the welfare state
14.30 – 15.30 Martin O’Neill (University of York), “The Main Problem of Distributive Justice is the Choice of a Social System”: Reflections on Rawls’s Systems Question
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee
16.00 – 17.00 Lubomira Radoilska (University of Cambridge), Addiction and Weakness of Will
17.00 – 18.00 Jurgen de Wispelaere (McGill University), Privileging Adoption Over Sexual Reproduction? A State-Centered Perspective

18 September
10.00 – 11.00 Leif Wenar (KCL), Clean Trade in Natural Resources
11.00 – 12.00 Massimo Renzo (University of Warwick), Human Needs, Human Rights
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Richard Cookson (University of York), Incorporating health inequality concerns into cost-effectiveness analysis: a framework
14.30 – 15.30 Zofia Stemplowska (University of Oxford), The Descendants: Changing Identity to Rectify Injustice
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee
16.00 – 17.00 Stephen John (University of Cambridge), Racial IQ differences and social health differences: what’s the difference?
17.00 – 18.00 Andrea Sangiovanni (KCL), Practice-Dependence Revisited

Further details
For further details, see the conference webpage at
To register for the conference, go to


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