3 Dr David Axelsen
Dr David Axelsen

Dr David Axelsen

LSE Fellow

Department of Government

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CBG 3.06
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Key Expertise
Distributive Justice, Global Justice, Inequality, The Capability Approach

About me

David received his PhD on Global Redistributive Obligations in the Face of Severe Poverty in 2014 from Aarhus University. Since then, he has been a teaching fellow at Warwick University and a visiting fellow at the LSE (since 2015). David is open to supervising dissertations of all students in political theory provided they supply an satisfactory Monty Python quote.

Office hours: Mondays 15:00 - 15:30, Tuesdays 15:00 - 17:00 and Wednesdays 12:00 - 12:30 in CON 5.10

Research interests

  • Distributive justice
  • Global justice
  • Inequality and poverty
  • The Capability Approach
  • Philosophy and politics
  • Responsibility

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV408: Contemporary Disputes about Justice
  • GV4B7: The Liberal Idea of Freedom

Selected publications

  • Axelsen, David and Lasse Nielsen 2016. “Essentially Enough: elements of a plausible account of sufficientarianism” in Fourie, C. and A. Rid eds. What Is Enough? Sufficiency, Justice and Health. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Nielsen, Lasse & David V. Axelsen 2016. ”Capabilitarian Sufficiency: Capabilities and Social Justice.” Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, early online view - http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2016.1145632
  • Axelsen, David and Lasse Nielsen 2015 “Sufficiency as freedom from duress." Journal of Political Philosophy 23.4: 406-426.
  • Axelsen, David V. 2013 “The State Made Me Do It: How Anti-cosmopolitanism is Created by the State.” Journal of Political Philosophy 21.4: 451-472.