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MdM SEMINAR SERIES - “Enhancing the capacity of water governance systems to deal with complex resource governance challenges in the light of climate change” by Dr Claudia Pahl-Wostl

Date: 2019-01-23

MDM SEMINAR SERIES
 

Title: “Enhancing the capacity of water governance systems to deal with complex resource governance challenges in the light of climate change”
 

Speaker: Dr Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück, Germany
 

Date: Wednesday, January 23th 2019
Time: 12h
Room: Z/022 – Z/023

 

Many water related problems can be attributed to governance failure at multiple levels of governance rather than to the resource base itself. This particularly worrying in the light of increasing uncertainties and increasing pressures on resources management due to global and climate change. At the same time our knowledge on water governance systems and conditions for success of water governance reform is still quite limited. 

For a long time, research and policy have been dominated by the futile search for simplistic panaceas to solve complex water governance problems. The seminar will introduce a diagnostic approach to identify governance failures and persistent sustainability problems but as well leverage points for transformative change. A diagnostic approach takes into account the complexity of social-ecological systems in a systematic fashion and support context-sensitive analysis and a transferability of insights among similar classes of problems and contexts. The potential of such an approach to identify coordination failures and support the implementation of the SDGs will be illustrated by cases from Europe, Africa and Asia. 

Claudia Pahl-Wostl is full professor for resources managementat the Institute for Environmental Systems Research at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Her major research interests are adaptive, multi-level governance and management of water resources, social and societal learning and their role in sustainability transformations, and conceptual and methodological frameworks to analyze social-ecological systems. She is (co)author of numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in edited books, policy briefs and popular reports. Her emphasis on interdisciplinary and community-building work is reflected in her role as editor of three books and fifteen special issues in peer reviewed journals.

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Claudia Pahl-Wostl is full professor for resources management at the Institute for Environmental Systems Research (USF) in Osnabrück, Germany. This interdisciplinary institute is associated with the department of mathematics and computer science. Its goal is to promote research and teaching in systems science at the interface between the natural and socio-economic sciences. 

Since October 2001 the activities in the socio-economic area and in integrated modelling and analysis at USF are extended by the chair of resources management, initially an endowed chair of the German Environmental Foundation. Over the past decade an internationally leading interdisciplinary research programme on governance and adaptive and integrated resources management of water resources and the role of social and societal learning has been established. The research programme builds on foundations in systems science, which explicitly acknowledge the complex and often unpredictable dynamics of the systems to be managed. In 2012 the Bode Foundation Water Management Prize was awarded to Prof. Pahl-Wostl for the pioneering interdisciplinary work on “Governance in times of change” and comparative analyses of water governance in large river basins.

Claudia Pahl-Wostl was Co-Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the GWSP (Global Water System Project - a joint project of the ESSP – WCRP, IGBP, IHDP and DIVERSITAS) and is now member of the planning committee of the solution-oriented “Sustainable Water Future Programme”, a core project of Future Earth. She has participated in and coordinated several European project, e.g. the Integrated Project NEWATER (New methods for adaptive water management) that focused in particular on the transition from current regimes of water management in a river basin to more integrated, adaptive approaches. The project had case studies in Europe, Africa and Central Asia, where new methods were developed and tested in participatory settings.

Claudia Pahl-Wostl is (co)author of numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in edited books, policy briefs and popular reports. Her emphasis on interdisciplinary and community-building work is reflected in her role as editor of three books and fifteen special issues in peer reviewed journals. 

 

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