Water Security, Risk and Society

Posted: 2011-11-09

16-18 April, 2012 at St Hugh's College, University of Oxford, UK.

The symposium seeks to advance scientific inquiry and inform policy choices by developing an evidence base about the status of and pathways to water security in terms of multiple risks, scales, and actors. The symposium will address water security challenges in developed and developing countries and regions, seeking to identify and elucidate global interdependencies between different socio-economic and cultural contexts.

Thematic questions include:

  • How is water security defined in terms of multiple risks, scales and actors?
  • What are the status and metrics of water security at multiple scales?
  • What is the relationship between water security and society in terms of poverty, growth and stability?
  • What are the pathways to water security in the context of different biophysical conditions, perceived risks and levels of development?
  • What are the pressing knowledge gaps to enhance water security, and how can interdisciplinary science contribute?

GWP Chair Dr Letitia A Obeng will be a keynote speaker and former GWP Technical Committee Member Professor Mike Muller from the National Planning Commission South Africa will participate.

Submit abstracts by November 18th 2011. For more information: http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/watersecurity/

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