Study group Environmental Philosophy

To register for this group, please contact the study group coordinator through the e-mail below.


Marc Davidson (

Upcoming activities of this group

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Past activities of this group

Bijeenkomst van de werkgroep milieufilosofie
14 November 2018 @ 15:00 - 17:00
Meeting studygroup Environmental Philosophy
12 September 2017 @ 15:00 - 17:00

Topic & aim

The study group Environmental Philosophy aims to bring together ethicists and philosophers in the Netherlands and Flanders who deal with environmental issues. Research subjects include e.g.:

  • Intergenerational and international justice, and our duties towards the non-human world.
  • Climate change, the loss of biodiversity, ecosystems and landscapes, nuclear energy, and genetically-modified organisms.
  • Conceptions of and attitudes towards nature, and fundamental origins of our ecological crisis.
  • Conceptual analysis of sustainability and sustainable development.

Goal is to further the environmental debate, to help develop joint activities and to explore opportunities for international cooperation.

Set-up & practicalities

The study group convenes every 2 months at Utrecht University for a 2-3 hour meeting, generally started by a presentation by one of its members. Activities of the study group include the organization of:

  • A national symposium (once a year) for a broad audience, the ‘Dag van de milieufilosofie’.
  • The ‘Wouter Achterberg award’ (once every two years) for the best master thesis on the subject of environmental philosophy or animal ethics written by a student from the Netherlands or Flanders.
  • PhD-courses in Environmental philosophy and Ethics under the umbrella of the OZSW.

OZSW members who belong to this group

Member Affiliation
Binder, ConstanzeErasmus University Rotterdam
Wieland, Jan WillemVU University Amsterdam
Davidson, MarcRadboud University Nijmegen
Taebi, BehnamDelft University of Technology
Drenthen, MartinRadboud University Nijmegen
Bovenkerk, BerniceWageningen University
Hendlin, YogiErasmus University Rotterdam
van Meurs, BorisRadboud University Nijmegen
Eilenberger, Hans-GeorgTilburg University
Lemmens, PieterRadboud University Nijmegen
van Balen, SophieErasmus University Rotterdam
Frey, GideonErasmus University Rotterdam
Doeland, LisaRadboud University Nijmegen
Bergman, HarriëtUniversity of Antwerp
Mullins, Benjamin JamesErasmus University Rotterdam
Govers, LauraRadboud University Nijmegen
Guven, IremLeiden University
van Dijk, LudgerUniversity of Antwerp
Kirloskar-Steinbach, MonikaVU University Amsterdam
Gammon, AndreaDelft University of Technology
Richie, CristinaDelft University of Technology

Other people who belong to this group

Silvia Blok (WUR), Clemens Driessen (WUR), Sanne van der Hout (RU), Stijn Neuteleers (KULeuven), Louke van Wensveen (Oikos), Kári Driscoll, Wendela de Raat, Linde de Vroey, Joost van Herten, Sophia de Vries, Ryan van Nood, Colin von Negenborn, Alexandria Poole, Dominic Lenzi, Eva Meijer, Jozef Keulartz, Keje Boersma, Lowieke Vermeulen, Onno Sand, Petra van der Kooij, Roland Mees

Members of the sub-group Animal Ethics

Member</strong< University
Bernice Bovenkerk Wageningen University
Clemens Driessen Wageningen University
Frederike Kaldewaij Universiteit Utrecht
Franck Meijboom Universiteit Utrecht
Floris van den Berg Universiteit Utrecht
Jan Boersema Universiteit Leiden
Bram van Liere Partij voor de Dieren, Provincie Noord-Holland
Harry Wels Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Susan Boonman Berson Wageningen University
Eva Meijer (Chair) Universiteit van Amsterdam
Hanneke Nijland Wageningen University‎
Joachim Nieuwland Universiteit Leiden
Joost Leuven Universiteit van Amsterdam
Willem Vermaat Universiteit Utrecht
Janneke Vink Universiteit Leiden
Eveline Boter Universiteit Utrecht
Erno Eskens ISVW


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