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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry


Jonathan Warner holds a B.A. in PPE from Oxford University, a PhD in welfare economics from the University of Wales, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Birmingham University. After completing his degrees, Jonathan taught at Maidstone Grammar School (England) for four years, moving on to North Cyprus in 1988 to teach at Eastern Mediterranean University. After ten years (with a year off at Nicholas Copernicus University, in Torun, Poland), he moved to Central Asia and taught for a year at the American University in Kyrgyzstan, before moving to Dordt College, in the scenic corn country of northwestern Iowa, U.S.A. After nine years there, he joined Quest University Canada, an innovative new teaching university. He has also taught at the Russian-American Christian University in Moscow, and in the Creation Care Study Program in Belize, and latterly at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania. In 2018 he retired from Quest, allowing him to begin concentrating on new research areas.


Jonathan's research interests are in development economics, the role of religion in economics, and in scrip money (especially its use during the Great Depression). At the VHI he was initially working with Dr Flavio Comim on a project examining the relationship between Christianity and the Capability Approach, looking at both the insights that Catholic Social Teaching can bring to an understanding of what consitutes human flourishing, and how there insights can guide policy. This has more recently morphed into a broader project, examining the nature of a post-work economy. The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to think about the role of AI in the changed working (and leisure) patterns that are likely to emerge over the next few years.


Key publications: 
  • 'Capabilities and the Common Good', in Flavio Comin, Shailaja Fennell and P.B. Anand (eds), New Frontiers of the Capability Approach, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 53-81.
  • Economic Pluralism: The Role of Narrative, International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education Vol 9 No. 4 (December 2018), pp. 358-375.
  • God and Martha Nussbaum, in Martha Nussbaum and Flavio Comim (eds), Capabilities, Gender, Equality: toward fundamental entitlements, Cambridge University Press, 2014.
  • Rights, Capabilities and Human Flourishing, in F. M. Shepherd (ed.), Christianity and Human Rights, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009, pp. 163-176.
  • Development, Capabilities, and Shalom, in John H. Kok (ed.), Celebrating the Vision, Sioux Center: Dordt College Press, 2004 pp. 191-206.
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Emeritus Professor and Tutor in Economics, Quest University Canada
Research Associate, Center for Faith and Human Flourishing, LCC International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Professor Jonathan  Warner

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