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New Pufendorf Research Theme: Hydrosolidarity 2.0


A major global challenge during the coming decades is working towards sustainability. However, integrative methods for joint social, ethical, human, and engineering approaches in SDG implementations are to a great extent still lacking. Access to safe water is a key element in many of the SDGs.

Hydrosolidarity principles are important on a national and international scale. They seek to apply equitable distribution of water by minimizing negative impacts on humans and the environment through unified, cooperative management of the resource. 

The objectives of the theme are:

  • To establish a firm theoretical foundation for the hydrosolidarity concept that can be used across disciplinary boundaries
  • To analyse the notion of place attachment and sense of belonging through collective identity in socio-ecological systems in different water basins as depending on scale in time and space
  • To examine how a more formalized hydrosolidarity concept can be applied in selected case studies.
  • To link the nexus problems (food-energy-water-quality) in relation to place attachment and hydrosolidarity concept in selected water basins.

The interdisciplinary research team consists of Dalia Abdelhady, CMES, Sociology; Karin Aggestam, CMES, Political Science; Dan-Erik Andersson, Human Rights Studies; Olof Beckman, Human Rights Studies; Ronny Berndtsson, CMES, Water Resources Engineering; Karin Broberg, Genetic Occupational and Environmental Medicine; Magnus Jiborn, Economic History; Kenneth M. Persson, Water Resources Engineering; Petter Pilesjö, GIS-centre

Hydrosolidarity, Ethics, and Conflict Resolution in International Water Governance

Pufendorf Themes