Landes Xavier

Landes Xavier

Associate Professor. BSc Courses: Business Ethics and Sustainability; Happiness, Economy and Public Policy; Study Skills Department of Business and Management

Xavier Landes is Associate Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. After studying economics, political science and philosophy, Landes got his Ph.D. in philosophy from Université de Montréal in 2008. He worked at various institutions such as Université de Montréal (CRE), University of Toronto (Centre for Ethics), University of Copenhagen, Université Catholique de Lille, Institut d'Études Politiques de Lille. His fields of specialization are political philosophy and normative economics with an emphasis on business ethics, happiness and the welfare state.

His present project at SSE Riga is to determine the moral obligations of private and public institutions, mostly the state, corporations and markets, in relation to well-being and sustainability. He published in diverse academic journals like Journal of Business Ethics, Res Publica, Public Health Ethics, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, The Ethics Forum, Revue Philosophique de Louvain.

He is also a regular contributor to Slate France and other medias in Denmark, France and Latvia. He is advisor for The Happiness Research Institute, which is a Copenhagen-based think tank devoted to promote well-being and quality of life as well as a member of the network of the Center for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) at University of Copenhagen.


Ph.D. philosophy, 2008 (Université de Montréal)
Master philosophy, 2003 (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne)
BA philosophy, 2001 (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne)
Diploma political sciences, equivalent Master (Institut d’Études Politiques de Toulouse)
B.Sc. economics (Université d’Aix-Marseille II)

Selected publications

Nielsen, Morten E.J. and Xavier Landes (2016) ‘Fighting Status Inequalities: Non-domination vs Non-interference’, Public Health Ethics, 9:2, pp.155-163

Landes, Xavier and Pierre-Yves Néron (2015), ‘Public Insurance and Equality: From Redistribution to Relation’, Res Publica, 21:2, pp.137-154

Landes, Xavier (2015) ‘Why Taxing Consumption: Justifications, Objections and Social Cooperation’ in Helmut P. Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger and Clemens Sedmak (eds), Philosophical Explorations of Justice and Taxation: National and Global Issues, New York, Springer, pp.101-117

Landes, Xavier (2015) ‘Building Happiness Indicators: Some Philosophical and Political Issues’, Les Ateliers de l’Éthique, 10:2, pp.4-37

Landes, Xavier (2015) ‘How Fair Is Actuarial Fairness?’ Journal of Business Ethics, 128:3, pp.519-533

Landes, Xavier, Martin Marchman and Morten E.J. Nielsen (2013), ‘Should We Equalize Status in order to Equalize Health?’ Public Health Ethics, 6:1, pp.104-112

Landes, Xavier, Martin Marchman and Morten E.J. Nielsen (2012), ‘The Academic Rat-Race: Dilemmas and Problems in Academic Competition’, Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 5:2, pp.73-90

Landes, Xavier and Morten E.J. Nielsen (2012), ‘Intra-Family Inequality and Justice’, Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 51:1, pp.1-30

Membership in professional organisations

Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS), University of Copenhagen
Nordic Network in Political Theory
Network Philosophy-Economics
Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN)
Expert at the Academy of Sciences of Latvia: politics, philosophy

Grants and awards

Postdoctoral Grant, Danish Research Council for Independent Research (Humanities) (2010-2012)

Postdoctoral Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) (2008-2010)

Excellence Grant, J.A. de Sève Fondation (2007)

Project Grant, Canadian Centre of German and European Studies (University of Montreal) (2006)

Project Grant, Institute for European Studies (McGill University/ University of Montreal) (2005)

Excellence Grant, Department of Philosophy, University of Montreal (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

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