Water, water, every where – Reflections on water ethics

What is water ethics? What are the topics of water ethics? What does water ethics do? These are key questions of some of my talks and papers of the last six months.

I asked what water ethics as application-oriented ethics might be and what it can achieve critically (by reviewing the existing explicit and implicit normativities within water governance and sciences) and constructively (by suggesting how e.g. fair access and allocation of water might look like). I also explored the limits of water ethics as an academic activity. When does ethics become paternalist and post-democratic? When should it become socially

GWSP book to be launched in August 2014

In August 2014, Global Water System Project (GWSP) will launch the edited volume “The Global Water System in the Anthropocene. Challenges for Science and Governance”. The book assembles selected contributes presented at the GWSP conference “Water in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance. Indicators, Thresholds and Uncertainties of the Global Water System” (Bonn, 21-24 May 2013) and embraces a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that correspond to four topics: 1. Global Water System: Current State and Future Perspectives, 2. Dimensions of Change in River Basins and Regions, 3. Ecosystem Perspectives in Water Resources Management, 4. Governing Water

Project: ‘A Stakeholder-Based Formation of Sustainability Indicators and Indices for Universities’

From April 18-20, 2014, project members met in Hamburg for a Easter retreat in order to contemplate on how in a stakeholder-based process sustainability indicators and indices for universities could be formed. Project members are Moritz A. Drupp, Elisabeth Gebhardt, Johannes Geibel, Nikolas Hagemann, and Simon Meisch.

Universities adopting the course for sustainable development (SD) face the challenge of concretising SD and making it action-guiding within their specific institutional context. SD indicators and indices can be seen as multifunctional tools that help to address this challenge: In the process of formulating an indicator set, universities have to discuss in