Starting in June 2023, an international science prize will annually be awarded by the Hans Günter Brauch Foundation (HGBF) for Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene in Mosbach, Baden-Württemberg in South Germany that combines:
- Peace and Ecology as two distinct research programmes in the social sciences that evolved since the 1950s and 1970s and that have coexisted without a joint research perspective.
- Peace Research emerged between World War I and World War II in the idealist or Kantian tradition of international relations that offered critiques of the new realist tradition in international law and politics that prevailed after World War II.
- Peace Research started in North America and Scandinavia and spread in the 1970s to other parts of the world after the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) had been established in 1964.
- The “ecology concept” was coined in the 1860s by Ernst Häckel, a German biologist. Since World War II the concept widened as “deep ecology”, “human ecology”, “political ecology”, “social ecology”, “geoecology” and “ecofeminism”.
- In political science and international relations ecological perspectives, environmental studies started since the 1960s and research on global environmental change followed in the 1980s.
- Peace Research and Environmental Studies have coexisted as two research programmes with little conceptual, theoretical and empirical interchange.
- Paul J. Crutzen, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, coined the Anthropocene in February 2000 as a New Epoch in Earth’s History.
- The Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) proposed in 2019 as its start the years 1945 (first nuclear weapon test in Alomogordo) and 1950 (great acceleration started).
|Goal of the HGB Foundation
The Hans Günter Brauch Foundation (HGBF) on Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene (PEA) was established on 8 May 2020 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and of the liberation from Fascism to combine a joint peace research and ecology perspective on the new challenges facing humankind’s survival in the Anthropocene.
|Combining Science and Education
The HGBF on Peace and Ecology in the Anthropocene supports globally scientific research and locally education in secondary schools in the county where the founder was born and has lived. The HGBF funds local educational prizes for grammar or high school students and globally this international science prize. Both Prizes will be awarded jointly to enhance the exchange of scientific results to secondary schools and the cooperation between scientists and pupils.
|Research Areas for the Science Prize on Peace and Ecology
Between peace and security issues on the one hand and environment and sustainable development problems on the other, various relationships and linkages have been addressed in the social science literature since the 1960s in the Anthropocene Epoch:
- early conceptual debate on linkages between peace and the environment (since 1980s);
- conceptual díscussion on environmental and ecological security (since 1989);
- research on the impacts of weapons and wars on the environment (Westing et al.);
- impact of environmental degradation and stress on environmental conflict (Baechler, Homer-Dixon);
- environmental peace-making (Conca) and role of the environment in post-conflict peacebuilding;
- emerging discourse and policy debate on climate change and conflicts (since 1989);
- early approaches to peace ecology and their shortcomings (Kyrou, Amster, Oswald/Brauch).
- theoretical and empirical work on sustainability transition, transformation of the economy, society and political realm and climate neutrality.
These manifold research themes have not yet resulted in a peace ecology research programme in the Anthropocene Epoch.
|Theme of the first Science Prize on Peace and Ecology in 2023: “Environmental Peacemaking and Role of the Environment
in Postconflict Peacebuilding”
The first HGBS Science Prize will be awarded in June 2023 in Mosbach Germany to a young, innovative and promising scholar (postdoctoral fellow, professor) below 45 years from all parts of the world with a special focus on the global South.
The work by the applicant must be innovative, single authored and in English. This work may be both an unpublished scientific manuscript or may have been published in a peer reviewed monograph, journal article or book chapter.
The HGBS Science Prize comprises a certificate, a financial award of 3.000 € for, a visit to the award ceremony in Mosbach. The prize recipient is expected to give an acceptance speech presenting the approach and its key innovative ideas and results of this work.