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Changing Water Cultures (CANALS)

The changing climate is disrupting fresh water infrastructures. Dominant technocratic systems of knowledge and practice supporting water infrastructures in Europe are being undermined by rapid changes, which introduce new uncertainties and contest old securities. We need novel ways of mobilising knowledge for water infrastructures that readmits communities’ diverse cultural interactions with water to promote adaptive decision-making.

Adopting an innovative water culture perspective, CANALS will first make visible the spectrum of knowledges and practices used by different social groups for maintaining infrastructures. Going further, the project will develop transdisciplinary ways of convening an ‘extended peer community’ of water stakeholders, to together appraise the quality of their water knowledges for policy-making.

CANALS receives funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 895008).

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2022). The temporal cleavage: the case of populist retrotopia vs. climate emergency. Environmental Politics.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Nexus disrupted: Lived realities and the water-energy-food nexus from an infrastructure perspective. Geoforum. 79-88.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Extended Peer Communities: Appraising the contributions of tacit knowledges in climate change decision-making. Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Beyond rules: how institutional cultures and climate governance interact. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (WIRESs).
  • Show author(s) (2022). «Beeware» workshop – kalenderendringer for birøkt på Vestlandet.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2023). Climate change challenges and opportunities for beekeeping in western norway.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2022). The literary classroom conversation as a didactic method for teaching food ethics. 7 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Klimawandel im Literaturunterricht. 13 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Changing beekeeping seasons in Vestland, Norway. 7 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Rights for rivers. 6 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). A water culture perspective for food security. 6 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Changing Beekeeping Seasons in Vestlandet, Norway .
  • Show author(s) (2021). Simon Meisch, Ein Prozess und kein Ereignis: Das Vereinigte Königreich nach dem Brexit. 367-384. In:
    • Show author(s) (2021). Jahrbuch des Föderalismus 2021. Nomos.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Selected publications related to the Marie Curie Fellowship (in English)


Meisch, S. / Bremer, S. / Young, M.T./ Funtowicz, S. (2022): Extended Peer Communities: Appraising the contributions of tacit knowledges in climate change decision-making. In: Futures 135: 102868.

Bremer, S. / Glavovic, B. / Meisch, S. / Schneider, P. / Wardekker, A. (2021): Beyond rules: How institutional cultures and climate governance interact. In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 12(6), e739.

Kalfagianni, A. / Meisch, S. (2020): Epistemological and ethical understandings of access and allocation in Earth System Governance: a 10-year review of the literature. In: International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 20, 203-221.

Meisch, S., Stark, M. (2019): Recirculation Aquaculture Systems: Sustainable Innovations in Organic Food Production? In: Food Ethics 4(1), 67-84.

Meisch, S. (2019): I Want to Tell You a Story. How Narrative Water Ethics Contributes to Re-theorizing Water Politics. In: Water 11(4), 631.

Bremer, S., Meisch, S. (2017): Co-production in climate change research: reviewing different perspectives. In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 8(6), 1-22.

Leese, M., Meisch, S. (2015): Securitising sustainability? Questioning the ‘water, energy and food-security nexus’. In: Water Alternatives 8(1), 584-598.

Edited volumes

Meisch, S. (2019): «And all at once the clouds descend, Shed tears that never seem to end«. Looking from the Early Modern Age at Water in the Anthropocene. In: Water, Creativity and Meaning. Multidisciplinary understandings of human-water relationships, ed. by Roberts, L., Phillips, K. (London: Routledge), 172-186.

Meisch, S. (2017): What is and to what end do we study Water Ethics? Lessons for the Water Ethics Charter. In: Global Water Ethics: Towards a Water Ethics Charter, ed. by Ziegler, R., Groenfeldt, D. (London: Routledge), 37-56.

Meisch, S. (2016): A fair distribution within the Anthropocene: A normative conception of sustainable development. In: Environmental Politics and Governance in the Anthropocene. Institutions and legitimacy in a complex world, ed. by Pattberg, P., Zelli, F. (London: Routledge), 62-78.

Meisch, S. (2014): The need for a value-reflexive governance of water in the Anthropocene. In: The Global Water System in the Anthropocene: Challenges for Science and Governance, ed. by Bhaduri, A., Bogardi, J., Leentvaar, J., Marx, S. (Cham: Springer), 427-437.

Conference Proceedings

Meisch, S. / Bremer, S. (2021): A water culture perspective for food security. In: Justice and food security in a changing climate, ed. by Schübel, H. / Wallimann-Helmer, I. (Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers), 128-133.

Hansche, M. / Meisch, S. (2021): Rights for rivers. In: Justice and food security in a changing climate, ed. by Schübel, H. / Wallimann-Helmer, I. (Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers), 356-361.

Meisch, S. (2019): Water Security between Scylla and Charybdis. In: Sustainable governance and management of food systems: ethical perspectives, ed. by Vinnari, E., Vinnari, M. (Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers), 281-286.

Meisch, S. (2018): Water Ethics – Lessons from Post-Normal Science. In: Professionals in Food Chains: Ethics, Roles and Responsibilities, ed. by Springer, S., Grimm, H. (Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publishers), 459-464.