Dr Scott Wisor PhD (University of Colorado at Boulder)

Dr Scott Wisor

Department of Philosophy
Lecturer in Philosophy
Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics.  My teaching and research are primarily engaged with problems in global ethics and global justice.



  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2003
  • PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2009



I completed my academic training at the University of Colorado at Boulder and served for three years as a post-doctoral fellow at Australian National University.  Along the way I’ve been fortunate to work both with and for several NGOs focused on conflict prevention and international development.  My current research and teaching addresses pressing global moral and political problems.

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to supervise students interested in most areas of contemporary moral, social, and political philosophy.  I am especially interested in to supervise students interested in global ethics and global justice.


My research focuses on a range of issues in contemporary debates surrounding global ethics and global justice.  At the moment, four particular areas are of great interest:  social valuation and especially poverty measurement, the resource curse, international trade, and global poverty.  Down the road I hope to do more work on climate justice and the ethics of civil resistance. You can find more information about my research from my personal webpage.




  • Measuring Global Poverty: Toward a Pro-Poor Approach, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2012


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles


  • “After the MDGs: Citizen Deliberation and the Post 2015Development Framework” Ethics and International Affairs, vol. 26, no. 1. 2012.
  • “Property Rights and the Resource Curse: A Reply to Wenar” Journal of Philosophical Research, vol. 37. 2012
  • “How Should INGOs Allocate Resources?” Ethics and Global Politics, vol. 5, no. 1. 2012
  • “Against Shallow Ponds: An Argument Against Singer’s Approach to Global Poverty” Journal of Global Ethics, vol. 7, no. 1. 2011


Invited Book Chapters/Articles


  • “Gender, Justice, and Statistics”.  En/gendering Governance: From the Local to the Global. Eds. K. Rubenstein and K. Young.  Cambridge University Press (in press). 2014
  • “The Ethics of International Trade” with Christian Barry.  Global Ethics Handbook. Eds. D. Moellendorf  and H. Widdows. Acumen (in press). 2014
  • “Gender Injustice and the Resource Curse: Feminist Assessment and Reform” Global Gender Justice. Ed. A. Jaggar.  Polity. 2013
  • “Feminist Methodology in Practice:  Lessons from a Research Program” with Alison Jaggar. Just Methods: An Interdisciplinary Feminist Reader. Ed. A. Jaggar. Paradigm. 2013
  • “Is There a Moral Obligation to Limit Family Size?”  Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 3/4. 2009


Encyclopedia Entries/Reviews


  • “Global Poverty” with Christian Barry.  International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Ed. H. LaFolette. Wiley-Blackwell.  2013
  • “World Trade Organization” with Christian Barry.  International Encyclopedia of Ethics.  Ed. H. LaFolette.  Wiley-Blackwell. 2013
  •  “Poverty and Poverty Alleviation” Encyclopedia of Global Studies.  Eds. M. Juergensmeyer and H. K. Anheier.  Sage Publications. 2012
  • “The World Development Report 2012:  A Review” CROP Poverty Brief. 2012