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This page is a summary of my educational background, academic publications, major awards, and key research and teaching experiences. 

For an up-to-date copy of my full CV, please contact me.



I am a moral and political philosopher specialising in theories of social, global, and distributive justice and their application to debates in health and public policy. 

Areas of Specialisation:

Political Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Health(care), Philosophy of Public Policy


Areas of Competence

Ethics, Legal Philosophy, Philosophy of Medicine, Feminist Philosophy



Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil/PhD) in Political Philosophy
University of Oxford

2021-2023 (Passed with no corrections)

Thesis Title: Health Equity Beyond Borders: The Demands of Justice in Global Health

Supervisors: Prof. David Miller, FBA and Prof. Jonathan Wolff, FBA

Examiners: Prof. James Wilson (UCL) and Prof. Michael Parker (Oxford)

Supported by a Rhodes Scholarship

Master of Philosophy in Political Theory
University of Oxford

2019-2021 (Awarded with Distinction)

Thesis Title: Remedial Responsibility for Global Health Injustice

Supervisors: Prof. Daniel Butt and Prof. Jonathan Wolff, FBA

Supported by a Rhodes Scholarship

Provost's Scholar in Philosophy (Visiting Student)
University of Oxford

​2018 (Distinction)​

Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Politics)

University of Auckland
2014-2018 (A+, Dean's Honours List)
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Population Health)
University of Auckland
2014-2018 (A)



Academic Publications


Johann Go. (2023). "The Expressive Function of Healthcare." Journal of Ethics 27 (pp. 329-353).

Johann Go. (2023). "Facts, Principles, and Global Justice: Does the Real World Matter?" Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 26, no. 6 (pp. 810-830).

Johann Go. (2020). "Two-Level Luck Egalitarianism: Reconciling Rights, Respect, and Responsibility," Journal of Value Inquiry 55 (pp. 543-566).

Johann Go. (2019). “Structure, Choice, and Responsibility.” Ethics and Behavior 30, no. 3 (pp. 230-46).

Johann Go. (2018). “Should Gender Reassignment Surgery be Publicly Funded?” Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 15, no. 4 (pp. 527-34).

Johann Go. (2018). “Mill and the Limits of Freedom of Expression: Truth, Lies, and Harm.” International Journal of Applied Philosophy 32, no. 1 (pp. 1-18).

Academic Work Experience


Lists of courses taught and teaching evaluations are available under the Teaching tab.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and am the recipient of several teaching awards including a Recognition of Excellence in Teaching Award from Pembroke College, University of Oxford (2023).

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) and Chancellor's Fellow in Ethics and Political Philosophy
University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) 
From January 2024
Lecturer in Political Theory

Pembroke College, University of Oxford

September 2022 - January 2024

Lecturer in Political Theory 

Jesus College, University of Oxford

January 2022 - December 2022

Seminar Leader for Philosophy and Public Policy (Master of Public Policy Course)

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford


Tutor in Political Philosophy

University of Oxford

(Department of Politics and International Relations, Worcester College, Exeter College, Lincoln College) 

2020 - present

Academic Visitor in Political Theory

Worcester College, University of Oxford

2018 - 2019

Provost's Scholar in Philosophy

Worcester College, University of Oxford


Summer Research Scholar in Health Ethics

Health Research Council of New Zealand
Major Awards


Chancellor's Fellowship (2023)
University of Strathclyde 
Recognition of Excellence in Teaching Award (2023)
Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Jacobsen Studentship Award (2022)
Royal Institute of Philosophy
Aristotelian Society Student Bursary Award (2022)
Aristotelian Society
Prize for Academic Distinction (2021)

Worcester College, University of Oxford

Rhodes Scholarship (2019)

University of Oxford

Provost's Scholarship (2018)

Worcester College, University of Oxford

Dean's Honours List (2018)

University of Auckland

First in Course Awards (Recipient of 15 Awards) 

University of Auckland


Local Hero Medal (2019)

KiwiBank New Zealander of the Year Awards

Youth Volunteer of the Year, Runner Up (2017)

Ministry of Health

Mayoral Commendation Award (2013)

Upper Hutt City Council

Grand Prior's Award (2011)

The Order of St John

Conference Presentations


"Justice, Queue-Jumping, and the Ethics of Private Healthcare." Paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics Annual Conference, McGill University (June 2024)

"Values, Ethics, and Trade-Offs." Invited presentation for the Strathclyde Health and Care Futures Seminar, University of Strathclyde (May 2024)

"Dreams, Ideals, and Utopias." Invited paper presented at the Peterhouse Theory Group, University of Cambridge (February 2024)


"The Ethics of Private Healthcare". Paper presented at:

  • Stirling Political Philosophy Group, University of Stirling (February 2024)

  • Glasgow Political Theory Colloquium, University of Glasgow (January 2024)

  • Oxford Work in Political Theory (OWIPT) Seminar, Nuffield College, University of Oxford (November 2023)

"The Dark Side of Volunteering: Between Justice and Exploitation." Invited presentation at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. (August 2023)

"Health and Care in the Liberal Egalitarian State." Paper presented at the University of Strathclyde. (May 2023) 

"Pluralising Health Disadvantage: Towards Genuine Opportunity for Health." Paper presented at the Recalibrating Global Justice Philosophy Early Career Researchers' Workshop (YTL Centre for Philosophy, Politics and Law, King's College London, October 2022)

"Disaggregating Structural Injustice." Paper presented at the MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory (University of Manchester, September 2022) and at the Nuffield Political Theory Workshop (University of Oxford, October 2022)

"Remedial Responsibilities for Global Health Emergencies: Who Should Act?" Paper presented at the Peter Sowerby Interdisciplinary Workshop in Philosophy and Medicine (King's College London, November 2021)

"The Expressive Function of Healthcare." Paper presented at:

  • Oxford Work in Political Theory (OWIPT) Seminar (Nuffield College, University of Oxford, December 2021)

  • Munich Graduate Conference in Ethics (LMU-Munich, Online, July 2021)

  • Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association (University of Hertfordshire, Online, July 2021)

"Health and Immigration Enforcement." Paper presented at the Ethical Immigration Enforcement WorkshopUniversity of Essex (Online, February 2021)

"Remedying Global Health Injustice." Invited Talk for Oxford Public Philosophy (May 2020)

"Health Equity Beyond Borders: Towards Global Health Justice." Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory, University of Warwick (February 2020)

"Should the state fund gender reassignment surgery?" Institute of Medical Ethics Annual Conference (Oxford, June 2018) 

"The politics and ethics of open borders." Invited Talk for Franks Society Graduate Conference, Worcester College, University of Oxford (May 2018)

Academic Service


  • Peer Reviewing: [List Available on Full CV]

  • Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Oxford, Co-Convenor (2020 - present)

  • Philiminality Oxford, Vice-President (2020 - present), Interim President (2019)

  • Worcester College, Oxford, MCR President (2020-21)

  • University of Oxford: Admissions Interviewer for BA Honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and BA Honours in History and Politics (2022)

Public Engagement


  • Public policy work, including under contract for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Immigration New Zealand, the Department of Internal Affairs, and the New Zealand Search and Rescue Council.

  • ​Selected Policy publications:​

    • New Zealand Search and Rescue Council. 2022 Volunteer Study: Review of 2019 Recommendations and Update. (Co-author).

    • Volunteering New Zealand. State of Volunteering Report 2022. (Principal Author).

    • Volunteering New Zealand. State of Volunteering Report 2020. (Sole Author) 

    • Department of Internal Affairs / Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. A Strategy to Support Recent Migrant Volunteers. (Sole Author).

  • “Volunteering for Justice, Inclusion, and Impact.” Keynote Speaker for National Volunteering Week 2019. Legislative Council Chamber, Parliament of New Zealand. (June 2019). By invitation of Hon. Peeni Henare, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and Minister for Whānau Ora (Māori Development).

  • Several media articles in the New Zealand Herald, Fairfax Media and Stuff NZ (New Zealand’s largest media outlet) on politics and philosophy (2015-2018):

  • Media appearance (6 minutes) discussing ‘Diversity, Multiculturalism and Community’ for the Neighbourhood programme on Television New Zealand (Channel 1, 2017). 

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