Cell phones enhance water governance?


The iPhone 5. Photo: Getty Images

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 mobile water payments. People can now use their mobile phones to pay their water bills. These technological innovations have the potential to change the landscape of water insecurity in the region but they need to be harnessed. Continue reading

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Sections on climate and water governance at ECPR general conference

The general conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), which will be organized in Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013, has a promising program for those interested in climate and water governance. Katrien Termeer (Wageningen University, the Netherlands) and Joerg Knieling (HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Germany) will organize a Section on climate change governance (Section nr 07).They aim to bring together a series of panels focusing on governance issues relating to three key challenges of climate change: (1) limiting the magnitude of climate change, through for example reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transforming energy production or reforestation; (2) developing and implementing adjustments to adapt to the effects of climate change, through for example dykes or changing spatial planning, and (3) increasing the adaptive capacity of society to deal with (unexpected) future changes through broader processes of societal change . Continue reading

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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 decided to look at how the introduction of IRWM has changed the patterns of collaboration and management in southern California. The results will be published soon in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.

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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 counted and categorized national policy initiatives with little in the way of evaluation. I found myself feeling frustrated. The literature on governance emphasizes all things new: new paradigms, new spaces, new actors, new relationships, new interdisciplinary tools and new linkages. But are we as a research community keeping up and “walking the walk”? Continue reading

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The Mayans rise and fall: Water security and Climate change

Many mysteries surround the Maya-civilization, living from 250 BC to 900 AD. It is seen as the most developed society in Mesoamerica in ancient history. One of the more intriguing question is how the Mayans managed to flourish and how they abruptly came to their fall in 900 AD (Livescience). Amongst the possible causes to its demise are the exploding population growth and the intensification of land use, both leading to greater resource scarcity. Moreover, in the seasonal climate, water supply had been an ongoing problem for the Mayans. This month, archaeologists led by the University of Cincinnati have revealed new details about the Maya’s sustainable water and land management, including the discovery of the largest ancient dam in Central America (Published in PNAS, see also Sci-News). Continue reading

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Emerging scholars award

The Global Water Forum announces it’s Emerging Scholar Award. The organization writes: “This award is an opportunity for early-career scholars and practitioners working in water-related fields to publish a brief article that presents their research, projects, or opinions to a global audience”. Those interested can submit a 800-1,000 word article on water security, water economics, or transboundary water governance. Prize money up to $ 500 (US) can be earned for the best papers. More information here.

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Movies on urban water

Delft University of Techynology organized an ‘Urban water movie contest’ past month. Participants had to compile a short movie presenting solutions to urban water problems. The winning movie ‘The forgotten cycle’  by Sahana Singh from Singapore is artistically great, and  basically argues that technologies to solve urban water issues are there, but political willingness to undertake action is lacking. The second price was for the movie ‘aQa: Emergency Drinking Water System’ in which a new system for drinking water purification was presented. Continue reading

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Scholarships in integrated water management (Australia)

The International WaterCentre’s Masters Scholarships are now open to study the IWC Master of Integrated Water Management in Australia in 2013. Using problem-based and experiential learning, IWC students create and implement integrated solutions to real-world water and climate change challenges. The degree is co-badged and co-delivered by four leading Australian universities: The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Monash University and the University of Western Australia. Continue reading

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European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013

The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013 is an initiative of a number of major European research projects. This will be the first European conference which covers the broad range of issues related to climate change adaptation and follows international conferences in Australia (Gold Coast, Queensland) in 2010 and in the United States (Tucson, Arizona) in 2012. This conference will place a greater emphasis on understanding and assessing adaptation in action under the theme integrating climate into action. Continue reading

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Ph.D. scholarship opportunity – urban water and sustainability transitions

An exciting opportunity for 2 new PhD studentships at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia have become available, focused on sustainability transitions in the urban water sector. With a highly competitive scholarship stiped these PhD projects will be working with a team of leading scholars and other research students at the Monash Centre for Water Sensitive Cities with co-supervision from the James Cook University, Townsville, Australia and the DRIFT research team at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Electronic applications due by 15th August 2012. Continue reading

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