- Associate Professor in Ethics
Anders Melin is an Associate Professor in Ethics in the Department of Global Political Studies of Malmö University and teaches mainly within the Human Rights programme. His main field of research is environmental ethics, and he has led projects on biodiversity and ethics and energy justice. Melin has an interest in questions of social and environmental justice connected to urban planning.
He is currently conducting a project titled:
In this project, we survey how four Swedish municipalities -Gothenburg, Malmö, Stockholm and Umeå- seek to combine biodiversity preservation with urban development. All four municipalities have either explicit plans for urban biodiversity, or has included biodiversity preservation in their comprehensive plans. Through interviews with municipal planners and overviews of central relevant documents, the 3-year project will explicate and identify goals and value conflicts in urban biodiversity planning. By drawing on theories of urban development and applied ethics, the goals and value conflicts will be analyzed and reasoned about in a structured manner. A central aim, in addition to the scholarly aim of identifying value conflicts at the point where biodiversity and urban development meet, is to establish guidelines and a guidebook to facilitate municipal urban biodiversity planning.