Simon Meisch




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Changing Water Cultures (CANALS)

The changing climate is disrupting fresh water infrastructures. Dominant technocratic systems of knowledge and practice supporting water infrastructures in Europe are being undermined by rapid changes, which introduce new uncertainties and contest old securities. We need novel ways of mobilising knowledge for water infrastructures that readmits communities’ diverse cultural interactions with water to promote adaptive decision-making.

Adopting an innovative water culture perspective, CANALS will first make visible the spectrum of knowledges and practices used by different social groups for maintaining infrastructures. Going further, the project will develop transdisciplinary ways of convening an ‘extended peer community’ of water stakeholders, to together appraise the quality of their water knowledges for policy-making.

CANALS receives funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 895008).

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Kalfagianni, A. / Meisch, S. (2020): Epistemological and ethical understandings of access and allocation in Earth System Governance: a 10-year review of the literature. In: International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 20, 203-221.

Meisch, S., Stark, M. (2019): Recirculation Aquaculture Systems: Sustainable Innovations in Organic Food Production? In: Food Ethics 4(1), 67-84.

Meisch, S. (2019): I Want to Tell You a Story. How Narrative Water Ethics Contributes to Re-theorizing Water Politics. In: Water 11(4), 631.

Bremer, S., Meisch, S. (2017): Co-production in climate change research: reviewing different perspectives. In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 8(6), 1-22.

Leese, M., Meisch, S. (2015): Securitising sustainability? Questioning the ‘water, energy and food-security nexus’. In: Water Alternatives 8(1), 584-598.


Meisch, S. (2019): «And all at once the clouds descend, Shed tears that never seem to end«. Looking from the Early Modern Age at Water in the Anthropocene. In: Water, Creativity and Meaning. Multidisciplinary understandings of human-water relationships, ed. by Roberts, L., Phillips, K. (London: Routledge), 172-186.

Meisch, S. (2017): What is and to what end do we study Water Ethics? Lessons for the Water Ethics Charter. In: Global Water Ethics: Towards a Water Ethics Charter, ed. by Ziegler, R., Groenfeldt, D. (London: Routledge), 37-56.

Meisch, S. (2016): A fair distribution within the Anthropocene: A normative conception of sustainable development. In: Environmental Politics and Governance in the Anthropocene. Institutions and legitimacy in a complex world, ed. by Pattberg, P., Zelli, F. (London: Routledge), 62-78.

Meisch, S. (2014): The need for a value-reflexive governance of water in the Anthropocene. In: The Global Water System in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance, ed. by Bhaduri, A., Bogardi, J., Leentvaar, J., Marx, S. (Cham: Springer), 427-437.


Meisch, S. (2019): Water Security between Scylla and Charybdis. In: Sustainable governance and management of food systems: ethical perspectives, ed. by Vinnari, E., Vinnari, M. (Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers), 281-286.

Meisch, S. (2018): Water Ethics – Lessons from Post-Normal Science. In: Professionals in Food Chains: Ethics, Roles and Responsibilities, ed. by Springer, S., Grimm, H. (Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers), 459-464.