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Hydrosolidarity, Ethics, and Conflict Resolution in International Water Governance

Duration: 2021

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, Researcher at CMES and Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology (Lund University)
dalia [dot] abdelhady [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se (dalia[dot]abdelhady[at]soc[dot]lu[dot]se)

Karin Aggestam, CMES Director and Professor at the Department of Political Science (Lund University)
karin [dot] aggestam [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se (karin[dot]aggestam[at]svet[dot]lu[dot]se)

Olof Beckman, Assistant Professor of Human Rights Studies (Department of History, Lund University)
olof [dot] beckman [at] mr [dot] lu [dot] se (olof[dot]beckman[at]mr[dot]lu[dot]se)

Ronny Berndtsson, CMES Deputy Director and Professor at the Division of Water Resources Engineering (Department of Building and Environmental Technology, Lund University)
ronny [dot] berndtsson [at] tvrl [dot] lth [dot] se (ronny[dot]berndtsson[at]tvrl[dot]lth[dot]se)

Karin Broberg, Professor at the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (Department of Laboratory Medicine, Lund University)
karin [dot] broberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (karin[dot]broberg[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)

Kenneth M. Persson, Professor at the Division of Water Resources Engineering (Department of Building and Environmental Technology, Lund University)
kenneth_m [dot] persson [at] tvrl [dot] lth [dot] se (kenneth_m[dot]persson[at]tvrl[dot]lth[dot]se)

Petter Pilesjö, Professor at the Centre for Geographical Informations Systems (GIS Centre, Lund University)
petter [dot] pilesjo [at] gis [dot] lu [dot] se (petter[dot]pilesjo[at]gis[dot]lu[dot]se)