Alastair Wilson

Colleges, School and Institutes


After completing undergraduate and graduate studies at various Oxford colleges, I spent a year and a half in Australia as a post-doc at Monash University, before joining Birmingham in 2012. My doctoral thesis was on the metaphysics of Everettian (many-worlds) quantum mechanics, and this line of thought culminated in my 2020 book The Nature of Contingency. More recently I have worked on explanation and dependence in physics and metaphysics as part of my ERC-funded project FraMEPhys, with a book manuscript in progress on metaphysical explanation in physics. I have also worked on laws of nature, chance, properties, causation, counterfactuals, and the epistemology of disagreement and of self-locating beliefs. I was President of the Society for Metaphysics of Science in 2017-18 and Honorary Secretary of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science in 2018-19. I remain on the SMS and BSPS committees, and am also a member of the climate task force of the Philosophy of Science Association. I am Philpapers editor for the categories 'Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics' and 'Theories of Modality', and a managing editor of the open-access journal Ergo.

Research interests

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford


    1 Sep 2007 - 9 Jul 2011
  • Master of Philosophy, University of Oxford


    1 Sep 2005 - 30 Jun 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

    Physics and Philosophy

    1 Sep 2001 - 30 Jun 2005

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Prof Wilson has particular interests in the following topics:

Everettian Quantum Mechanics
Self-locating belief
Space and time

Prof Wilson is happy to supervise or co-supervise graduates in most areas of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of physics.


  • B Philosophy (General) - metaphysics, philosophy of physics, chance, modality, philosophy of science, epistemology, grounding, causation