Marie Curie ITN on the future of Water Governance

The European Union has awarded a prestigious grant of four million Euros for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) to the NEWAVE ‘Next Water Governance’ proposal lead by Dr Jampel Dell’Angelo and Prof. Dave Huitema.

06/14/2019 | 11:31 AM

Dell’Angelo and Huitema, both from the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), have brought together a consortium with 29 participants including Universities, Research Centers, International Organizations, NGOs, and other organizations from the Public and Private Sectors from 14 different countries worldwide and are all important contributors to the global debate about water governance. The project will last 4 years be starting in the fall of 2019 and will be wrapped-up with a final conference in Brussels in 2023. 

In addition to the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the core members of the consortium are University of Oxford, Politecnico di Milano, University of Nairobi, School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London, University of Amsterdam, Open University of the Netherlands, Leuphana University of Luneburg, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua, ARCADIS. 

The transnational and transdisciplinary network of excellence that has now been funded has two key objectives. The first is to develop and implement a cutting-edge research agenda on the key water governance priorities and prepare actionable insights for future directions. The second is to train a new generation of 15 water governance early stage researchers and ensure that they have the skills to make significant contributions to both the academic and extra-academic water governance world.  

NEWAVE is built around the ‘three P heuristic framework’ which focuses on the main human-water problématiques, on the major paradigms that are diffused and how these crystallize in different patterns of governance. In more concrete terms, this means that the 15 early stage researchers that will be hired later this year will conduct research on various water issues, which play out at multiple levels. 

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Global comparative studies
NEWAVE researchers will perform Global comparative studies will be conducted assessing the sustainability of governance approaches in 25 different countries. At the European scale, management of urban water demand will be modelled and the dynamics surrounding of the EU water framework directive investigated. Other focal, national and local studies will be in water stressed Sub-Saharan Africa, in situations of critical agricultural infrastructural development in Southeast Asia, and situations of transboundary water conflicts such as in Myanmar, for example. 

These case studies and field sites are selected to cover a variety of water governance domains that can be included in the problématiques, paradigms and patterns heuristic framework and represent a diversity of thematic areas, to represent a wide geographical distribution among (Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America), and to deal with concrete problems. 

This major collective effort research effort to study and radically rethink current approaches to urgent water issues has the overarching ambition to be translated in concrete actionable outcomes that will impact the different spheres in which water governance occurs. NEWAVE will trigger synergies and collaborations across the different academic and non-academic players in the network. 

In addition to cutting edge research publications, NEWAVE will produce outputs such as policy briefs, guidelines and recommendations, a MOOC course on water governance, an interactive communication and dissemination multi-stakeholder digital hub with video blogs and e-fora, and a documentary on the importance and challenges of water governance. 

More information on NEWAVE will be soon available. If you want to be informed about the project development and new opportunities please follow NEWAVE on twitter at @NEWAVE_NETWORK. 

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