Global Priorities Fellows
The Global Priorities Fellowship supports PhD and master’s students in philosophy and economics in contributing to global priorities research, with a particular focus on issues that are of relevance to the very long-term flourishing of civilisation.
The fellows for the 2019 cohort have now been selected, applications for 2020 will open in the last quarter of 2019. Please sign up to our newsletter if you would like to be notified once applications are open.
Meet the Fellows - 2019
Lewis Ho grew up in Hong Kong. He studied philosophy and political theory in Deep Springs College and graduated with a BA in economics from Yale University. He became interested in questions of prioritisation during his studies, and currently conducts research in economics at the Global Priorities Institute at Oxford, focusing on the economics of extinction risk mitigation. He will begin graduate studies in economics in the fall.
Zach Groff is a PhD student in economics at Stanford University. His current research interests are in welfare economics, behavioral economics, and applied microeconomics, with an eye toward researching long run change for all sentient beings. He previously was a Research Analyst on randomized evaluations of poverty alleviation policies at Innovations for Poverty Action and evidence-based policy promotion at Northwestern University’s Global Poverty Research Lab. Zach is an advisor to a number of effective animal advocacy organizations including Animal Charity Evaluators and the Sentience Institute.
Zoë Hitzig is pursuing a PhD in Economics at Harvard. Her current projects in microeconomic theory and public economics center on the provision of public goods and the design of social insurance programs. She also studies economic methodology––for example, she has written on economists' roles in redesigning public school allocation algorithms and FCC spectrum auctions, and on the use of big data in economic research and policymaking. She holds an AB in Mathematics and Philosophy from Harvard and an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge.
Nick Otis is a second year PhD student in health economics at UC Berkeley. He is currently interested in the following questions: i) Do people hold accurate ex-ante beliefs about the effects of policies, and how can belief accuracy and calibration be improved? ii) Can we use intervention-design tournaments inspired by mechanism design theory to create and select effective policies? iii) How should we compare policy outcomes given concerns about interpersonal welfare comparison? Before starting his doctoral studies he lived in Nairobi, Kenya for two years, working at the intersection of behavioral and development economics.
Lisa Ho is a first-year economics PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lisa graduated from MIT in 2017 with majors in computer science and mathematical economics before spending one year in China as a Schwarzman Scholar. She has research interests in development and labour economics, aspiring to do research that will make a positive impact on the world.
In 2019, Calvin Baker will be starting a PhD in philosophy or starting a one-year master’s in Buddhist studies at the University of Bristol, and begin his PhD in fall 2020. His academic areas of interest are moral philosophy and Buddhist philosophy. While he is not doing philosophy, he enjoys reading, meditation, movies, trying new vegan food, and exploring new cities.
Signe Saven is a PhD student in philosophy at Lund University. Her research interests include ethics, global priorities and normative uncertainty. She has been involved in the effective altruism community for a few years and currently works on a project aiming to promote a more long-term perspective in Swedish politics.
Phil Trammell is a graduate of Brown University, where he studied economics and mathematics. He focused on microeconomic theory. When not trying to be productive, he sometimes finds himself engaged in creative writing, long-distance cycling, or oversleeping.
Max Negele is an economics graduate student at the University of Oxford. His journey into EA and Global Priorities Research started roughly in 2016 as a a September intern at Giving What We Can/CEA. Having gathered some experience in management consulting and operations, he now focuses on economic research. Specifically, he aims to explore how modelling approaches from economics can be adapted and developed to answer questions regarding the long-term.
Originally from Switzerland, Nicolas Cerkez completed his undergraduate studies in acting and economics in NYC and is currently a PhD candidate in economics at UCL in London. His research focuses on development and environmental economics as well as political economy issues.
Petra Kosonen is a DPhil candidate in philosophy at the University of Oxford primarily interested in population ethics, decision theory and philosophy of science. She is from Finland, but before coming to Oxford did her undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow and master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh.
Hayden Wilkinson is a PhD student in philosophy. He hails from the Australian National University but, at the moment, is studying at Princeton University on a Fulbright scholarship. His research looks at moral decision-making in a universe which is infinite and chaotic. In particular, he is interested in whether longtermism can be justified if our actions have infinitely many effects and we are clueless about almost all of them.
Ben Grodeck is currently a PhD student in economics at Monash University, specialising in Experimental and Behavioural Economics. Prior to his PhD, Ben completed honours years in both philosophy and economics. His current research interests include pro-social behaviour, social norms, and moral wiggle room. He is hoping to further understand the behaviour of different types of altruists and use experiments to discover which mechanisms or institutions can bring about beneficial outcomes in the present and the long-term future.
R. Daniel Bressler is a second year PhD candidate in the Sustainable Development program at Columbia University in the City of New York. He is interested in environmental economics, international relations, global catastrophic risks, conflict, and dual-use technologies. His PhD training is in economics with additional training in the natural sciences. Before starting his PhD, he worked as a management consultant for five years where he primarily advised CEOs and management teams of large companies. Personal website: rdanielbressler.com.
Tyler John is a PhD Student in Philosophy at Rutgers University. Prior to starting at Rutgers he was a fellow at the NIH Clinical Center, Department of Bioethics. He is a co-author of Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers’ Brief (Routledge) and of articles appearing in Economics and Philosophy and The Oxford Handbook of Consequentialism. In 2017, he was co-awarded the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress Young Ethicist Prize. Tyler’s areas of research include aggregation; animal moral, legal, and political philosophy; citizenship and representation; disability; distributive justice; long-termist political philosophy; Mohist ethics; offsetting; social punishment; and more.
Brian Jabarian is a PhD Candidate in Economics at the Paris School of Economics and a Visiting Student and Research Collaborator at Princeton University (Department of Economics; Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs). His thesis is entitled « The Economics of Normative Uncertainty». Writing from the perspectives of decision theory, behavioral and experimental economics and public policy, it aims to operationalize the philosophical debate of normative uncertainty by relying on economic modeling. Brian is also co-organizing with Marc Fleurbaey an interdisciplinary weekly seminar in philosophy and economics at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which gathers together scholars all interested in solving complex social ethics problems from both perspectives. Brian has a joint graduate background in economics and philosophy.