Dr. Christian Baatz

Leibnizstr. 6, R. 315
Phone: +49 431 880-2823

Information on Christian Baatz



Ph.D. in philosophy. Thesis title “Compensating Climate Change Victims in Developing Countries – Justification and Realization”. Supervisors: Konrad Ott (Kiel), Micha Werner (Greifswald) und Simon Caney (Warwick)

Since 2012

Research fellow at the Department of Philosophy, Kiel University


Visiting Scholar at the University of Zurich, Switzerland


Visiting Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University, USA

2009 – 2012

Ph.D. Student at Greifswald University via a Ph.D. grant from the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU)


“Diplom” (M.Sc.) in Environmental Sciences from the Leuphana University of Lüneburg


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Responsibilities / Service

Teaching Evaluation Commissioner of the Department of Philosophy

Coordinator of the degree programme “Praktische Philosophie der Wirtschaft und Umwelt“ (M.A.), together with Andrea Klonschinski


Since 2018

Principal Investigator of the research project “Supporting adaptation to sea level rise in Small Island Developing States. A normative investigation of possible criteria and procedures for a fair distribution of adaptation finance” within the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”

2013 – 2017

Research fellow in the project “Arguing about CE: Towards a Comprehensive Ethical Analysis of an Ongoing Debate” within the priority program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) “Climate Engineering: Risks, Challenges, Opportunities?“


Compilation of a report on “Assessment Approaches and Decision Criteria for Geoengineering technologies” (in German) for the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag (TAB), together with Konrad Ott and Margarita Berg


Focus of Research

  • Climate Change Ethics
  • Global Justice
  • Environmental Ethics and Sustainability
  • Human Rights


WiSe 2017/18

T.M. Scanlon: What we owe to each other (050566)

Science and Ethics

SoSe 2017

Ethische Aspekte des Klimawandels (050471)

WiSe 2016/17

Basic Readings in Sustainability  (050613)

Science and Ethics (100006)

SoSe 2016

Klimaethik (050205)

WiSe 2015/16

John Rawls: Political Liberalism (050264)

SoSe 2015

Climate Engineering aus technikphilosophischer und umweltethischer Perspektive (050305)

Winter term 2014/15

Nancy Fraser: Scales of Justice (050125)

Summer term 2014

Immunael Kants Schrift Zum ewigen Frieden (05145)

Winter term 2013/14

Human Rights: Justification and Criticism (in German) (050111)

Summer term 2013

One World? Theories of Global Justice (in German) (050575)

Winter term 2012/13

Einführung in die Klimaethik (051423)


  • Baatz, C.; García-Portela, L.; Voget-Kleschin, L. (Eds.) (2019) Special Issue on “Individual Responsibility for Global Environmental Problems”. In: Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. (forthcoming)
  • Baatz, C. (2018) Climate Adaptation Finance and Justice. A Criteria-Based Assessment of Policy Instruments. In: Analyse & Kritik 40, 1: 1-33.
  • Braun, F.; Baatz, C. (2018) Klimaverantwortung und Energiekonflikte. Zum argumentativen Widerspruch zwischen globaler Verantwortung und lokalen Protestbewegungen. In: Nikolaus Buschmann et al. (Eds): Reflexive Responsibilisierung. Verantwortung für nachhaltige Entwicklung. transcript Verlag. (forthcoming)
  • Baatz, C.; Ott, K. (2017) In Defense of Emissions Egalitarianism? In: Lukas Meyer and Pranay Sanklecha (Eds.): Climate Justice and Historical Emissions. Cambridge University Press, 165-197. PDF
  • Braun, F.; Baatz, C. (2017) Klimaverantwortung. In: Ludger Heidbrink, Claus Langbehn and Janina Loh (Eds.): Handbuch Verantwortung. Springer, 855-886. PDF
  • Baatz, C. (2017) Compensating climate change victims in developing countries – Justification and realization. Ph.D. thesis. University of Greifswald. PDF
  • Baatz, C.; Ott, K. (2016) Why Aggressive Mitigation Must be Part of Any Pathway to Climate Justice. In Christopher J. Preston (Ed.): Climate Justice and Geoengineering. Rowman & Littlefield, 93-108.
  • Baatz, C. (2016) Can we have it both ways? On potential trade-offs between Mitigation and Solar Radiation Management. In: Environmental Values25, 1: 29-49 PDF
  • Baatz, C.; Heyward, C.; Stelzer, H. (Eds.) (2016) Special Issue on the “The Ethics of Engineering the Climate”. In: Environmental Values 25, 1. PDF
  • Baatz, C. (2016) Reply to my Critics: Justifying the Fair Share Argument. In Ethics, Policy & Environment 19, 2: 160–169. PDF
  • Ott, K.; Baatz C. (2016) Ethik des Klimawandels. In: Konrad Ott, Jan Dierks and Lieske Voget-Kleschin (Eds.): Handbuch Umweltethik. Metzler, 232-240.
  • Baatz, C.; Ott, K. (2014) Klimaethik: Mitigation, Adaptation und Climate Engineering. In: Kallhoff, Angela (Ed.): Klimagerechtigkeit/Klimaethik. De Gruyter, 181-198 PDF
  • Voget-Kleschin, L.; Baatz, C.; Ott, K. (2014) Ethics and sustainable consumption. In: Reisch, Lucia; Thøgersen, John (Eds.): Handbook of Research on Sustainable Consumption. Edward Elgar, 118-128  PDF
  • Baatz, C. (2014) Climate Change and Individual Duties to Reduce GHG Emissions. In: Ethics, Policy & Environment 17, 1: 1-19 PDF
  • Baatz, C. (2013) Responsibility for the past? Some thoughts on compensating those vulnerable to climate change in developing countries. In: Ethics, Policy and Environment 16, 1: 94-110. PDF
  • Baatz, C. (2013) Wie groß muss mein Scherflein sein? Individuelle Verantwortung für Nachhaltigkeit am Beispiel des Klimawandel. In: Politische Ökologie 135, 39-44. PDF
  • Baatz, C.; Ott, K. (2012) Domains of Climate Ethics. In: Westra, Laura; Soskolne, Colin L.; Spady, Donald (Eds.): Human Health and Ecological Integrity. Ethics, Law and Human Rights. New York: Routledge, 188-200. PDF
  • Baatz, C. (2012) Review of „Justice in Funding Adaptation under the International Climate Change Regime” by Marco Grasso. In: Political Studies Review 10, 3.
  • Ott, K.; Muraca, B.; Baatz, C.  (2011) Strong Sustainability as a Frame for Sustainability Communication In: Godemann, Jasmin; Michelsen; Gerd (Eds.): Sustainability Communication. Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Theoretical Foundations. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 13-26.
  • Wittneben, B.; Bongardt, D.; Dalkmann, H.; Sterk, W.; Baatz, C. (2009) Integrating Sustainable Transport Measures into the Clean Development Mechanism. In: Transport Reviews 29, 1: 91-113.
  • Baatz, C. (2009) ‘Ecological Debt’ – Analyse eines umstrittenen Konzeptes am Beispiel des Klimawandels. Saarbrücken: VDM-Verlag.

Talks & Presentations

  • Workshop on "Climate Justice: Concepts and Principles” during the “Training School on Climate Justice: Human Rights, Rule of Law and Good Governance in Times of Climate Change” at the Hague Institute for Global Justice, October 2014.
  • “Menschenrechte und Umweltgerechtigkeit – Argumente für einen anspruchsvollen globalen Standard” University of Greifswald, January 2014.
  • “Constructivist and well-being based justifications of human rights – Two sides of the same coin?” University of Frankfurt, November 2013.
  •  “Just adaptation finance – a criteria-based assessment of revenue-generating policy instruments”, paper presented at the 8th Uppsala Forum Workshop on Climate Change, September 2013.
  • „Individual Responsibility for Global Environmental Problems“, paper presented at the conference “Climate Change, Sustainability, and an Ethics of an Open Future”, 50th Societas Ethica Annual Conference, Soesterberg, August 2013. (together with Lieske Voget-Kleschin)
  • “Can we have it both ways? On potential trade-offs between mitigation and solar radiation management”, paper presentation during the workshop “Climate Change 2.0? Normative and Political Issues of Geoengineering the Climate“, ECPR Joint Sessions, Mainz University, March 2013.
  • „Klimaethik: Einführung in die normative Dimension des Klimawandels“, talk at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Wien, December 2012.
  • „Entschädigung der Opfer des Klimawandels“, talk at the University of Vienna, October 2012.
  • „Klima- und Umweltethik aus diskursethischer Perspektive“, talk at the annual meeting of the teachers‘ association Ethics of the state of Baden-Württemberg „Natur und Moral. Aktuelle Probleme der Umweltethik“, Bad Urach, May 2012.
  • “Compensating those vulnerable to climate change – who should pay and how to raise the funds?”, paper presentation during the workshop “Justice and Climate Change”, University of Oxford, July 2011.
  • “The Ten Domains of Climate Ethics”, paper presentation during the conference “Human Rights and Duties: Supporting Biological Integrity for Public Health”, Charles University in Prague, July 2011.
  • “Individual Responsibility for Climate Change”, paper presentation during the conference “Climate Change Ethics as the World Gathers at Cancun for COP-16”, Cancun, December 2010.
  • “Financing Adaptation in Developing Countries – Moral Duties in the Face of Climate Change”, talk at the Pennsylvania State University, September 2010.
  • "Climate Change and Historical Justice – Comment on Lukas H. Meyer", discussant at the workshop "Responsibility in International Political Philosophy", University of Graz, September 2010.
  • “Who is Responsible for Compensating the Victims of Climate Change in Developing Countries?”, paper presentation during the conference “Integrating Development and Climate Change Ethics”, Pennsylvania State University, April 2010.