I defended my PhD thesis in philosophy at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 2016. My dissertation was entitled 'Cautiously utopian goals: Philosophical analyses of climate change objectives and sustainability targets', and focused on epistemic and normative uncertainties in long-term planning. During 2017-2019 I did my first postdoc at the Swedish Biodiversity Center, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, on a project entitled 'Biodiversity, uncertainty, and ethics'.

Current research

My current postdoc (2020-2022) at GPS will focus on justice and normative issues in the construction and assessment of energy scenarios. This will combine my earlier interests in epistemic and normative issues.

In addition to that, I am the co-investigator in a project on research ethics in citizen science, together with researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

My specialities includes moral philosophy, applied ethics, environmental ethics, climate justice, and decision-making under uncertainty.

Recent publications

Book: Baard, P., 2021. Ethics in Biodiversity Conservation. Routledge: London och New York. ISBN: 9780367627645 (Released November 29, 2021).

Articles: Baard, P., 2021. 'Knowledge, participation, and the future: Epistemic quality in energy scenario construction', Energy Research & Social Science. (Popular scientific version of the above article (in Swedish):

Baard, P., 2021. ‘Fundamental challenges for rights of nature’, in Corrigan, D., & Oksanen, M., (eds.), Rights of Nature: A Re-examination. London: Routledge

Baard, P., 2021. ‘Biocentric individualism and biodiversity conservation: An argument from parsimony’. Environmental Values:

Baard, P., 2020., 'Biologisk mångfald och etik: Om artrikedom och naturvärden', Tidskrift för politisk filosofi, 2020:1. ['Biodiversity and ethics: On species richness and natural values', Journal for Political Philosophy] (in Swedish):

Baard, P. 2020. ‘Conflicting advice: Resolving conflicting moral recommendations in climate and environmental ethics’, in Walsh, Z., and Henning, B. (eds.) Ethics Beyond Anthropos: Climate Change Ethics and the Non-human World. New York: Routledge. ISBN: 978-03-6740-610-3

Baard, P. & Ahteensuu, M., 2019. ‘Ethics in conservation’. Journal for Nature Conservation 52:

Baard, P., 2019. ‘The goodness of means: Instrumental and relational values, causation, and environmental policies’. Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics 32(1): 183-199

Baard, P. and Wikman Svahn, P. 2016. 'Do we have a residual obligation to engineer the climate, as a matter of justice?', in Preston, C. (ed.) Climate Justice & Geoengineering. UK: Rowman & Littlefield: 49-62. ISBN: 978-17-8348-636-6

Baard, P. 2016. ‘Risk-Reducing Goals: Ideals and Abilities When Managing Complex Environmental Risks’. Journal of Risk Research 19(2): 164-180.

Baard, P. 2015. 'Change of Plans?: An Environmental Pragmatist View on Reconsidering Long-term Goals'. Environmental Philosophy 12(2): 185-204.

Baard, P. 2015. ‘Managing Climate Change: A View from Deep Ecology’. Ethics & the Environment 20(1): 23-44.

Baard, P. 2015. ‘Adaptive Ideals and Aspirational Goals: The Realist Constraints and Utopian Ideals of Climate Change Adaptation’. Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics 28(4): 739-757.