Team D: Governance and Ethics

Principal Investigators

Dr. Christiane Fröhlich
Prof. Dr. Thomas Potthast

Our team addresses the implementation gap, i.e. the problem that adaptive policy-intervention methods and management methods are known, but not implemented. Key to addressing the implementation gap are attitudes, values, and institutions, which greatly affect how natural resources are governed. We study socio-economic and cultural differences as well as cross-country obstacles to good governance of climate change, with a particular focus on conflict and cooperation. Yet, what does this entail? We operate on the level of – maybe conflicting – ethical baselines for good governance of limited natural resources in a transdisciplinary approach. Recent research suggests, for instance, that a better understanding of national security discourses is key to effectively scoping the available space, time, and willingness to negotiate water issues under conflict, which in turn is crucial for future water diplomacy. Via a discourse and ethics analysis of qualitative data, we identify regional policy makers’ and stakeholders’ attitudes towards the basi(c)s of good governance facing climate change as well as normative reasons for their attitudes. 

PhD Fellows

Sara Ashour

Sara Ashour is a trade policy analyst and negotiator at the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry with more than nine years of experience in trade agreements, rules of origin, and trade facilitation. She holds an M.A in Development and Governance from University Duisburg-Essen in Germany and a B.A. in Political Science from Cairo University. Within SAGE, her research focuses on trade policies and their effect on food security and climate mitigation efforts within the Jordan river Basin.

Nada Majdalani

Nada Majdalani is a practitioner, researcher and consultant in the field of environmental assessment and management. She received her M.Sc. degree in Environmental Assessment and Management from Oxford Brookes University, UK in 2009. Mrs. Majdalani is the director of Ecopeace Middle East in Palestine. Within SAGE, she works on the use, abuse and misuse of intangibles in contested water projects in the Jordan Basin.