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Associate Professor, Ethics of Sustainability
Personal website: https://jjwwieland.nl/

Joined the VU in 2013, with a research project on strategic ignorance - e.g. whether consumers can be held responsible for strategically ignorant wrongdoing (such as meat consumption).

With my colleague Phil Robichaud and 2 PhD students Tessa and Dominik, I’m thinking about responsibilities for collective (e.g. climate) harms (some info here).

I tend to have Kantian intuitions, according to which we should adopt more sustainable lifestyles since not doing so is not universalizable (a short story that illustrates this view).

Recently, I’ve started to move from individual responsibility to corporate responsibility. Should corporations spend part of their profit on protecting the environment?

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • BJ Ethics
  • Responsibility
  • Sustainability
  • Social dilemmas


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