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Hydrosolidarity, Ethics, and Conflict Resolution in International Water Governance

Hydrosolidarity 2.0 has been granted a Theme at the Pufendorf IAS (autumn 2021)

A major global challenge during the coming decades is working towards sustainability. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to create a better and and more peaceful world by 2030, thus ending poverty, inequality, and urgently addressing peace and climate change. 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.

Water is instrumental in producing food, energy, and a healthy environment as well as necessary ecosystem services. Lack of access to safe water causes about 6 million deaths per year, most of these are women and children in developing countries, due to water impurities and waterborne diseases.  

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.



Research team

Dalia Abdelhady, associate prof. CMES, Sociology, Lund University 
dalia [dot] abdelhady [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

Karin Aggestam, prof. , director, CMES, Political Science, Lund University 
karin [dot] aggestam [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Dan-Erik Andersson, PhD, Human Rights Studies, Lund University 
dan-erik [dot] andersson [at] mrs [dot] lu [dot] se

Olof Beckman, PhD, Human Rights Studies, Lund University 
olof [dot] beckman [at] mr [dot] lu [dot] se

Ronny Berndtsson, prof. CMES, Water Resources Engineering, Lund University 
ronny [dot] berndtsson [at] tvrl [dot] lth [dot] se

Karin Broberg, prof., Genetic Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University 
karin [dot] broberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Magnus Jiborn, PhD, Economic History, Lund University 
magnus [dot] jiborn [at] ekh [dot] lu [dot] se

Kenneth M. Persson, prof., Water Resources Engineering, Lund University 
kenneth_m [dot] persson [at] tvrl [dot] lth [dot] se

Petter Pilesjö, prof., GIS-Centre, Lund University 
petter [dot] pilesjo [at] gis [dot] lu [dot] se