Cameron Fioret graduated from the University of Windsor with a BA[H] and won the Board of Governor’s Medal for the highest graduating average in the Philosophy Department. He then studied at Western University, completing an MA. He is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Guelph, where he studies property, environmental and political philosophy, and ethics. Specifically, he is concerned with the ethical implications of commodifying water and selling water for profit. His doctoral research centres on five questions: What right, if any, do people have to water? What are the putative harms of privatizing and commodifying water? Should naturally occurring necessities for life, like water, be considered common property? If so, what are the most compelling normative and ethical grounds for justifying common ownership of water? How might people’s rights to access to water be protected through legal and political means, and what role might local and transnational political activism play in hastening the implementation of such protections? He approaches his project from a normative perspective, with ideas of how we ought to act regarding the distribution of water. His PhD studies are funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship. Cameron has published in Informal Logic, Geoforum, Alternate Routes, and The Conversation.
Cameron joins UNU-INWEH as an Intern working under the supervision of Dr. Nidhi Nagabhatla and Dr. Nancy Doubleday at McMaster University. He will be working on the Global Water Security e-course, focusing his research on the “Peace and Political Stability” module. He will be investigating how water can influence peace and political stability globally.