Social Justice and Public Policy
CPJH's work on social
justice and public policy aims to enrich philosophy by testing
principles that have been developed for highly idealised scenarios
against the richness and complexity of the real world; and to provide
a values-based direction of travel for policy-makers, NGOs and
academics in health related disciplines. CPJH's work in this area build on the work of the Priority in Practice Network.
The Just City
This project, funded by a small grant from the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities analyses a number of key problems in urban justice, following on from the analysis of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities.
Ethics of Risk Project
The AHRC funded Ethics of Risk project (2008-2011) examined ethical and conceptual issues involved in the imposition of risk, as well as examining specific risk contexts such transport and health. The project convened three conferences, including the Ethics of Risk. Outputs included:
- Madeleine Hayenhjelm and Jonathan Wolff, “The Moral Problem of Risk Imposition: A Survey of the Literature”, European Journal of Philosophy (June 2012)
- Jonathan Wolff, 'Risk, Disadvantage and the Social Determinants of Health', Public Health Ethics 2: 214-223
- Jonathan Wolff, 'Five Types of Risky Situation' Law Technology and Innovation (2) 151-163
This research project, funded by a grant from the Crucible Centre for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing proposed that entitlement to full pension should be based on ‘years in the workforce’ rather than age. This would not preclude those who wished to remaining in work, on perhaps a part-time basis, and might, therefore, allow more flexible working towards the end of the working life. A paper on the topic, by Gry Wester and Jo Wolff, has been published in Public Health Ethics.