- Assistant Professor - Durham University
Dr. Schmidt's research focuses on the social dimensions of land, water, and energy, with particular attention to the ethical and political dimensions of human impacts on the Earth system.
He is an expert in the history of global water governance, and his book on Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity was published in 2017 by New York University Press. He has been an invited guest of the Vatican and the Club of Rome to events with the UN High-Level Panel on Water, has consulted with Indigenous peoples in Canada on issues of land and water rights, and was a participant to the UN Dialogue on Earth Jurisprudence.
He is a member of the water ethics working group with Future Earth and helped establish the field of water ethics through his co-edited book Water Ethics: Foundational Readings for Students and Professionals.