Sara Hughes

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Name: Sara Hughes
Date registered: August 28, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Novel Urban Disasters: Insights from the Colorado 100-Year Flood — December 12, 2013
  2. Statement on the status and future of California water — February 18, 2013
  3. Cell phones enhance water governance? — September 28, 2012
  4. IRWM: How new collaborations change the management network — August 28, 2012
  5. Critiquing the state in governance research — August 4, 2012

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Novel Urban Disasters: Insights from the Colorado 100-Year Flood

In September, 2013, the state of Colorado experienced what has been called a “1,000 year flood” that resulted in four deaths and billions of dollars of damage to property and roadways. I was living in Boulder, Colorado at the time, working as a postdoc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and it was indeed a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.watergovernance.eu/urban-water/living-through-disaster-insights-from-the-colorado-100-year-flood/

Statement on the status and future of California water

Recently, Phil Isenberg, Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council in California, gave a speech outlining the history and possible next steps for California’s water supply. The full text can be found here. A central theme for Chair Isenber and, as he points out, the National Research Council and the Governor of California, is to improve …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.watergovernance.eu/uncategorized/statement-on-the-status-and-future-of-california-water/

Cell phones enhance water governance?

  Recent research from Oxford is arguing that the rapid expansion of mobile communication technology in Africa should be harnessed for enhancing water security. This year, more people in Africa will have mobile phone services than access to improved water services. At the same time, Africa is leading the world in mobile commerce innovations, including …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.watergovernance.eu/uncategorized/cell-phones-enhance-water-governance/

IRWM: How new collaborations change the management network

Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) has been forwarded as an innovative policy instrument for improving coordination in water management, often at the watershed level. The state of California in the U.S. has been experimenting with IRWM since 2008 when it based the California Integrated Regional Water Management Planning Act. My colleague Stephanie Pincetl and I …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.watergovernance.eu/uncategorized/irwm-how-new-collaborations-change-the-management-network/

Critiquing the state in governance research

This spring I attended two international meetings of social scientists interested broadly in governance and climate change issues. Despite their common themes, the meetings couldn’t have been more different: one meeting drew heavily on critical theory and focused on local-scale and non-state actors and processes while the other meeting was populated with policy research that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.watergovernance.eu/conference-2/critiquing-the-state-in-governance-research/

Voluntary agreements in water: environmental benefits?

By Sara Hughes at NCAR and UCSB – It’s no secret that improving the environmental outcomes of water governance can be politically difficult to do; as a result we are continually searching for new policy tools that are able to solve problems and appease interests. Voluntary environmental programs (VEPs) have been growing in popularity in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.watergovernance.eu/water-conservation/voluntary-agreements-in-water-environmental-benefits/