Call for Papers

Joint NZGS/IAG Conference, University of Auckland, 11-14 July 2018

Water Governance beyond the Water Sector: Creative Conversations and Constructive Connections for tackling Wicked Water Problems

Convenors: Nora Lanari & David Bek (Coventry University)
Co-sponsored by the IAG Environmental Sustainability Study Group and the IAG Legal Geographies Study Group

Water crises have appeared in the World Economic Forums’s top 5 Global Risks for the each of the last seven years. The origin of water crises often lies in complex failures of governance mechanisms. Much of this complexity stems from the cross-cutting character of water which is widely recognised in academic literature highlighting how the causes and drivers of many water issues lie outside the traditional water sector. However, research and policy work tends to adopt a water-centric perspective that may omit actors and institutions without a traditional water mandate. For such actors and institutions outside the water sector, water is often one of many factors considered in decision-making processes, and is unlikely to be the top priority. Detrimental effects on water governance result when actors and institutions that play a central role, perhaps previously unrecognised, in affecting water outcomes are excluded from decision-making structures. This session invites contributions that engage – conceptually or practically – in ‘creative conversations, constructive connections’ which highlight the challenges involved in generating effective mechanisms for water governance. Submissions are welcome from researchers and practitioners operating in a range of spheres, including, but not limited to, agriculture, urban or rural planning, public policy, extractive industries, and community-based approaches.

Please e-mail abstracts (max 250 words) to by 31 March 2018.

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