Dr. Martin Kowarsch is head of the working group Scientific Assessments, Ethics, and Public Policy (SEP). His research interests include:
- Analysis and evaluation of integrated (global) environmental assessment-making and other science-policy interfaces -- with a focus on the role of ethics and multiple stakes therein;
- Theoretical models for the science-policy interface building on J. Dewey's philosophy (deliberative democracy, etc.);
- Environmental ethics and normative political philosophy concerning sustainability and climate policy; the relationship between ethics and economics; and Albert Schweitzer's moral philosophy.
Dr. Martin Kowarsch is Associate Editor of Palgrave Communications. He was coordinator of a joint research initiative (2013 - 2016) with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) called “The Future of Global Environmental Assessment Making” (FOGEAM). This interdisciplinary evaluation of past global assessment-making was intended to inform future choices in assessment design. Jointly with Ottmar Edenhofer, Kowarsch also developed a refined science-policy model called the “Pragmatic-Enlightened Model” (PEM). Based on Dewey’s pragmatist philosophy, it suggests to explore alternative policy pathways and their implications jointly with stakeholders. The PEM influenced the assessment strategy of IPCC Working Group III during the fifth assessment cycle, and guides the assessment activities at MCC. Moreover, Kowarsch provided reviews and advice for UNEP's GEO-6 assessment, the new EU science advice mechanism, and other science-policy interfaces. Kowarsch studied philosophy and furthermore economics.
See also Kowarsch's book on social-science assessments by the IPCC, and a report of the expert workshop (Sep 2018, Berlin) on deliberative, multi-stakeholder learning platforms.