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Dr Sarah Goff

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  • Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Module Convenor for Feminism and Political Theory; Seminars for Introduction to Political Ideas



Building location

Edith Morley

Areas of interest

Economic Justice
Fairness in Trade


My research is in contemporary political philosophy, with a focus on fairness in economic relationships and the role of trade in domestic justice and global justice. 

Previously, I have developed the concepts of ‘exploitation’ and ‘fair trade’ in the context of global supply chains. This addressed the question of what an individual consumer should do in her choices between products made in societies that have morally relevant differences in their social, economic, and political conditions. Similarly, I have used the concepts of exploitation and discrimination to address the question of how employers should approach hiring practices within gender unequal societies. 

My latest research concerns how a society’s trade policy decisions impact the realization of the different requirements of domestic justice and global justice. In a recent paper, I consider a society’s reasons of justice to pursue a higher income through trade. Against this, I weigh a society’s reasons for concern about trade’s impact on the distribution of jobs and on the status hierarchy. I am also writing a paper that examines when it is feasible for a liberal democracy to express a valuable meaning through its sanctions against illiberal states.

I have held postdoctoral positions at Goethe University Frankfurt, University of Hong Kong, University College London, and the London School of Economics. 

Academic qualifications

PhD Politics, Princeton University
MA Politics, Princeton University
BA Ethics, Politics, and Economics, Yale University