Professor of political and social philosophy, Ikerbasque researcher at the University of the Basque Country and director of the Instituto de Gobernanza Democrática. Former fellow of the Fundación Alexander von Humboldt at the University of Munich, visiting professor at the University of Paris 1-Sorbonne, visiting professor at the Robert Schuman in the European University Institute of Florence and visiting fellow in the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently Directeur d’Études Associé de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris). He has been professor in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Zaragoza (Spain).
He was awarded the III Miguel de Unamuno Essay Prize, the 2003 National Literature Prize in the Essay category, the 2004 Espasa Essay Prize and the 2012 Euskadi Essay Prize in 2008 . He has also received the Prize for Humanities, Culture, Arts and Social Sciences from the Basque Studies Society/Eusko Ikaskuntza in 2008 and the Príncipe de Viana Culture Prize 2013.
He has run several times in the Spanish general elections and the European Parliament in the Geroa Bai list, never being elected. In the 2019 European Parliament election in Spain, Innerarity was the 4th in the Coalition for a Solidary Europe regionalist electoral list (Spanish: Coalición por una Europa Solidaria, Basque: Europa Solidarioaren Aldeko Koalizioa, CEUS).