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BIOdiversity GOvernance and VALUES in Saxony-Anhalt (BioGoValues)

The project BIOdiversity GOvernance and VALUES in Saxony-Anhalt (BioGoValues) investigates types of biodiversity governance and their connection to a whole spectrum of ethical values. It is funded by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg Support Fund for integrative Biodiversity Research in Saxony-Anhalt (MLU|BioDivFund).

As Foucault’s term “Governmentality” suggests, there is a strong connection between collective governance and personal mentality. Since biodiversity mainstreaming advanced by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and others is aiming for a very fundamental shift of human-nature relationships in politics and ethics, the project will discuss chances and risks of such an endeavour within 1) real-world politics in Saxony-Anhalt (e.g. agriculture), 2) the global discourse of transformative governance (e.g. Transformative Change Assessment, Earth System Governance Project) and 3) the important role of values in human-nature relationships (e.g. environmental ethics, sociology).

“How to govern biodiversity-friendly change?“ is one of the guiding questions of the iDiv Cluster “Biodiversity and Society”. Investigating “movements and iterations of social and cultural processes and actors” within “itself changing social figurations” is the aim of the Regional Research Cluster “Society and Culture in Motion” at MLU.

The project will strengthen iDiv’s and the research of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg on Biodiversity and Society, in particular on Governance (Political Science) and Values (Ethics and Sociology), by connecting Dr Stefan Knauß (PI) and Prof Dr Christian Papilloud (CO-PI) and the experienced iDiv-Members Prof Dr Christine Fürst and Prof Dr Henrique Pereira. It is funded by the MLU|BioDivFund in order to support integrative Biodiversity Research in Saxony-Anhalt.

Dr Stefan Knauß
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Institute of Geosciences and Geography, Sustainable Landscape Development

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Project title

BIOdiversity GOvernance and VALUES in Saxony-Anhalt (BioGoValues)


Dr Stefan Knauß 


Co-PI 1

Prof Christine Fürst 

MLU-GEO / iDiv

Co-PI 2

Prof Henrique Pereira

MLU-BIO / iDiv

Co-PI 3

Prof Christian Papilloud 



Biodiversity and Society, Governance, Values, Political Ecology, Environmental Ethics

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