Business Ethics, Engineering and Computer Ethics, and Climate Ethics Research Lab

My research focuses on three interrelated and interdisciplinary projects: 1. Business (ethics) and human rights, with a particular focus on (political) CSR and multi-stakeholder governance networks; 2. engineering and computer ethics, with a particular focus on information privacy and the ethical issues of artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and big data; and 3. environmental ethics, with a particular focus on climate ethics and justice.

The first project analyzes the political, social, and environmental responsibilities of (multinational) corporations in the global political economy as well as the special role of multi-stakeholder governance initiatives such as the Equator Principles and the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the transnational 'post-Westphalian world order'. The second project deals with the question of how to protect the online privacy of 'netizens' in the information age and investigates some of the most pressing ethical issues of artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles (e.g., related to machine ethics), and big data. The third and final project investigates the special role of financial institutions in the context of climate change mitigation and adaptation and links climate justice issues with the (human) rights of indigenous communities. All of the previous topics are approached from a business (ethics) and human rights perspective; that is, human rights are at the core of each research project and link the different projects with each other.

Keywords: Business (ethics) and human rights; political CSR and corporate citizenship; multi-stakeholder CSR initiatives; big data and human rights; privacy in the information age; ethical issues of AI and autonomous vehicles; climate ethics and justice.

Business and Human Rights

For a summary of the different research projects please visit Projects.

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