Call for papers: resilience thinking in water resources management

Academics with an interest in resilience thinking can submit a paper proposal to the organizers of a panel at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, to be held in Colorado in June 2013. The call reads as follows: “Traditionally, water resources management has been driven by technical knowledge with an emphasis on establishing systems that can be predicted and controlled. However, the relatively recent recognition of increased climate variability as well as steady long-term climate change and population growth has dramatic implications for traditional water resources management. This recognition coupled with a view of social and ecological components as inherently linked in complex systems, has created ample space for the influence of resilience thinking in water resources management.  Scholars and practitioners alike are increasingly optimistic that resilience thinking can produce a new vision for water resources management including the creation of innovative tools and novel approaches to scarcity and competing uses.

This special 90-minute session will highlight the application of resilience thinking to the management of water resources generally and the achievement of regulatory objectives more specifically. The theory surrounding resilience concepts can be unpacked in many different ways and the scale, terminology, and analytical approaches to its application vary immensely. This session seeks research highlighting practical and innovative applications of resilience thinking in water resources management. Papers may include specific examples of how education, government, science, and/or philanthropic efforts are linking resilience thinking to create new policy outcomes both formally and informally. Presenters working at the intersection of water resources and applied resilience concepts such as adaptive governance, adaptive management, adaptive capacity, social learning, or vulnerability studies are strongly encouraged to apply. Papers should emphasize a unique approach to scale and the integration of broader social-ecological systems in the management of water resources.

This session will include five 12-minute presentations followed by a 20-minute panel discussion with the presenters”.

The session facilitator is Dan Calvert, a PhD candidate at Oregon State University. He has an extension on the abstract submission deadline for this session until next Monday (February 11). Anyone interested in submitting an abstract to present in this session should contact Dan directly (phone: +1-503-313-1255, email:




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