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

My research focuses on three interrelated and interdisciplinary projects: 1. Political Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and multi-stakeholder governance networks; 2. Big data ethics and information privacy; and 3. Climate ethics.

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 and autonomous vehicles (e.g., related to machine ethics). 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 rights of indigenous communities.

All of the above 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; climate ethics/justice.

Business and Human Rights

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

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