Wouter Peeters

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Wouter's main research interests include global justice, environmental sustainability and the ethics and politics of climate change. He is particularly interested in collaborating on projects in any area of global justice or environmental sustainability that would benefit from the contribution of an ethical perspective. Wouter has published a number of articles on these issues, as well as a book on Climate change and individual responsibility: Agency, moral disengagement and the motivational gap.


I obtained my PhD in Philosophy and Moral Sciences in December 2014 from Vrije Universiteit Brussels. In 2015-2016, I was a Visiting Professor in Social and Political Philosophy at Ghent University. Since 1 September 2016, I am a Lecturer in Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Free University of Brussels

    Freedom and responsibility in the face of climate change. How the capabilities approach and common-sense morality (ought to) respond to global environmental problems

    1 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2014
  • Master of Arts, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Free University of Brussels

    Philosophy and Moral Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science, Ghent University

    Educational Sciences (Special Education, Disability Studies and Behavioral Disorders)

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Dr Peeters is happy to supervise students working on political philosophy, global (bio)ethics, climate change, environmental sustainability and intersubjective ethics.


  • BJ Ethics - global ethics, global bioethics, climate change, environmental sustainability, human rights, individual responsibility, global justice
  • JC Political theory - distributive justice, social justice, political liberalism, cosmopolitanism