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Leverhulme Trust funding for research on global equality

Published: 19 May 2008 Origin:  Politics and International Relations

Dr Chris Armstrong has been awarded a prestigious and highly competitive Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship to pursue his innovative research on global equality.

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 at the wish of William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, to fund scholarships to support research and education. Dr Armstrong's fellowship begins formally in October 2008 and will last for one year.

Global equality
Political theorists have tended to assume that equality is owed between fellow citizens, because they share bonds of nationality, or are engaged together in the production of common goods, for instance. But recently, perhaps because of increasing global interdependence, or increasing awareness of various common global problems, issues of global justice have gained more and more attention. As a result, it is often suggested that we might owe some form of equality to non-citizens – indeed, to all humans simply as humans. But what form might this global egalitarianism take? And how can it be justified?

Dr Armstrong’s important research will lead to what may be the first book on global egalitarianism, as well as several journal articles and appearances at a number of international conferences.

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