Commoning: Is water a common pool? Potential and limits for the solution of regional and global water conflicts

Within this project, KWI deals with the research field of water and governance. The focus is on the extent to which the social practices of commoning can contribute to solving regional and global water conflicts. Commoning understood in its broadest sense means "doing together". In the peer mutual consent it means the production, use and conservation of resources and joint responsibility. Examples are found in a variety of activities such as Wikipedia, Free Software, urban gardening and community-supported agriculture, in FabLabs and Repariercafés.


  • PhD student: Johannes Euler
  • Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hans Diefenbacher (Institut für interdisziplinäre Forschung, FEST, Heidelberg)
  • Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie (Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen)
  • Mentor: Dr. Thomas Uhlendahl (memoU - Büro für Mediation | Moderation | Business Coaching)