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Martin Kowarsch

Martin Kowarsch

Head of (SEP) group
Mercator Research Institute
Germany

Biography

Martin Kowarsch heads the working group ‘Scientific Assessments, Ethics, and Public Policy’ (SEP) at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) Berlin. SEP does research on integrated scientific assessment-making in the context of (environmental) public policy processes, and focuses in particular on the appropriate treatment of, and ethical reflection on, normative issues and multiple stakes therein. Kowarsch is coordinator of a research initiative by MCC jointly with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on ‘the Future of Global Environmental Assessment Making’.

Research Interest

• Design of integrated scientific assessments, particularly environmental assessments • Normative and theoretical models of scientific expertise in public policy • Ethical issues at the science-policy interface, and the co-production of knowledge • Deweyan pragmatist ethics of land use policy and the global commons