Environmental Justice and Rights over Resources (PhD Course)

May 6-7, 2019

Georg Morgenstiernes hus
University of Oslo, Norway

The University of Oslo (IFIKK) invites you to register for the following PhD-Course:

"Environmental Justice and Rights over Resources"

 By 2050 the word population is expected to rise to nine billion. Access to natural resources, such as water, food, space, and fresh air will be contested. Furthermore, climate change is exacerbating the potential for conflicts over access to resources by making some areas more accessible to exploit while negatively impacting other areas. The theory of rights over resources needs contribution in light of today’s challenges. It is paramount to develop normative guiding principles for ownership, management and distribution of the resources. The aim of the course is to encourage students to question the assumptions of current discourse and policy making processes. The hope is that the students will approach the subject of resources ownership from an innovative ‘outside of the box’ perspective. 

The course will focus on questions such as: Who should own the resources? What is a fair distribution of the resources? Should historical injustices play a role in current distribution and management of the resources? Should the status quo of the permanent sovereignty concept be challenged and what should be the alternatives? What should be the normative desiderata driving global environmental governance? How can we make management of the resources a more participatory process, domestically and globally?  

The course will explore these questions within the framework of environmental ethics and environmental justice. By connecting the discussion to the theory of territorial rights and rights over resources, the course will provide a unique perspective on the subject. 

Margaret Moore
(Queen’s University) and Alfonso Donoso (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile) will teach a two-day PhD course on the topic of environmental justice and rights over resources. The course will include lectures as well as ample room for discussion. The syllabus will be provided in advance. 



·         The seminar is aimed at PhD students in philosophy, but PhDs from other disciplines and advanced level master students are welcome too.

·         The seminar provides 5 ECTs, by completing preparatory reading, participating during the two days, and submitting a paper assignment (5000w).

·         The seminar is free and lunches will be provided. Transportation, accommodation, and other meals have to be arranged and financed by the participants themselves.

·         Apply by sending a CV and short motivation for attending the seminar to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The application deadline is March 15 2019 


Yelena Yermakova (PhD philosophy, IFIKK, University of Oslo)

For further information, contact Hannah  Sandvik: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)