Dr Nigel Watson

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Governance

Research Overview

My research and teaching interests are in the area of natural resources governance and management, particularly water resources and the development of integrated approaches for catchments and entire river basin systems. Focusing on institutional arrangements, my goal is to advance theoretical understanding and practical application of multi-party collaboration as a basis for policy making and implementation. I am committed to making a positive difference, and work closely with policy makers and multi-party catchment groups.

Water governance and agricultural management: collaboratively dealing with complex policy problems
Fish, R., Ioris, A., Watson, N.M. 8/09/2016 In: Agriculture, environment and development. London : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9783319322544. Electronic ISBN: 97830319322551.

An historic brown trout fishery and a new environmental governance: nutrient management at Loweswater, UK
Winfield, I., Maberly, S., Norton, L., Shaw, A., Tsouvalis, J., Waterton, C., Watson, N.M., Webb, L. 2016 In: Fish : the Magazine of the Institute of Fisheries Management. p. 12-17. 6 p.
Journal article

The flood recovery gap: a real-time study of local recovery following the floods of June 2007 in Hull, North East England
Medd, W., Deeming, H., Walker, G., Whittle, R., Mort, M., Twigger-Ross, C., Walker, M., Watson, N., Kashefi, E. 12/2015 In: Journal of Flood Risk Management. 8, 4, p. 315-328. 14 p.
Journal article

Waterton, C., Maberly, S., Norton, L., Tsouvalis, J., Watson, N., Winfield, I. 1/05/2015 In: Catchment and river basin management. London : Earthscan ISBN: 9781849713047.

Committing to place: the potential of open collaborations for trusted environmental governance
Waterton, C.F.J., Maberly, S., Tsouvalis, J., Watson, N.M., Winfield, I., Norton, L. 5/03/2015 In: Plos Biology. 13, 3, 6 p.
Journal article

Adaptation through collaboration: evaluating the emergence of institutional arrangements for collaborative catchment management and governance in England
Watson, N. 2015 In: International Journal of Water Governance. 3, 3
Journal article

Factors influencing the frames and approaches of host organizations for collaborative catchment management in England
Watson, N. 2015 In: Society and Natural Resources. 28, 4, p. 360-376. 17 p.
Journal article

Opening up catchment science: an experiment in Loweswater, Cumbria, England
Waterton, C.F.J., Maberly, S.C., Norton, L., Tsouvalis, J.J., Watson, N.M., Winfield, I.J. 2015 In: Catchment and river basin management. London : Routledge ISBN: 9781849713047.

IWRM in England: bridging the gap between top-down and bottom-up implementation
Watson, N. 07/2014 In: International Journal of Water Resources Development. 30, 3, p. 445-459. 15 p.
Journal article

Placing the flood recovery process
Whittle, R., Medd, W., Mort, M., Deeming, H., Walker, M., Twigger-Ross, C., Walker, G., Watson, N. 2014 In: Displaced heritage. Woodbridge : The Boydell Press p. 199-206. 8 p. ISBN: 9781843839637.

The relevance of scale to water governance: an example from Loweswater, UK
Norton, L., Maberly, S., Waterton, C., Watson, N., Tsouvalis, J. 2014 In: Scale-sensitive governance of the environment. Chichester : Wiley Blackwell p. 73-89. 17 p. ISBN: 9781118567159.

Organisational understandings and commitments for collaborative catchment management: a survey of local initiatives (Final Report, Project WT0997)
Watson, N. 07/2013
Other contribution

Water Framework Directive
Surridge, B., Watson, N. 2012 In: Encyclopedia of lakes and reservoirs. Springer Verlag
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

A community approach to catchment management
Waterton, C., Maberly, S., Norton, L., Tsouvalis, J., Watson, N., Winfield, I.J. 08/2011 Newcastle upon Tyne : Rural Economy and Land Use Programme. 4 p.
Other report

Risk governance and natural hazards
Walker, G., Whittle, R., Medd, W., Watson, N. 2011 CapHaz-Net.
Commissioned report

Integrating water and agricultural management: Collaborative governance for a complex policy problem
Fish, R.D., Ioris, A.A.R., Watson, N.M. 1/11/2010 In: Science of the Total Environment. 408, 23, p. 5623-5630. 8 p.
Journal article

Diffuse pollution innovation through networks and demonstration.
Haygarth, P.M., Alcock, R.E., Oliver, D.M., Watson, N., Cunning, R., Heathwaite, A.L., Fox, J. 4/09/2010

After the rain - learning the lessons from flood recovery in Hull. Final project report for 'Flood, Vulnerability and Urban Resilience: a real-time study of local recovery following the floods of June 2007 in Hull'.
Whittle, R., Medd, W., Deeming, H., Kashefi, E., Mort, M., Walker, G., Watson, N. 02/2010 Lancaster UK, 176 p.
Working paper

Beyond bureaucracy? Assessing Institutional Change in the Governance of Water in England and Wales
Watson, N., Deeming, H., Treffny, R. 10/2009 In: Water Alternatives. 2, 3, p. 448-460. 13 p.
Journal article

Submission by Lancaster University for Defra consultation on the Draft Flood and Water Management Bill.
Sims, R., Medd, W., Mort, M., Twigger-Ross, C., Walker, G., Watson, N. 24/07/2009 Lancaster, 15 p.
Working paper

Locally appropriate response and recovery – submission by Lancaster University for Defra consultation on the National Flood Emergency Framework.
Sims, R., Medd, W., Mort, M., Twigger-Ross, C., Walker, G., Watson, N. 27/03/2009 Lancaster UK, 21 p.
Working paper

Integrated catchment management and the WFD: Dealing with the complexity and uncertainty of diffuse pollution from agriculture
Watson, N., Heathwaite, L., Maberly, S., Norton, L., Waterton, C., Tsouvalis, J., Haygarth, P. 2009 In: Tearmann. n/a, 7, p. 195-210. 16 p.
Journal article

Perspectives on resilience from households in Hull – response to Defra consultation on policy options for promoting property-level flood protection and resilience
Sims, R., Medd, W., Mort, M., Watson, N., Walker, G., Twigger-Ross, C. 31/10/2008 Lancaster UK, 27 p.
Working paper

The ongoing experience of recovery for households in Hull – response to the Pitt Review Interim Report Learning the lessons from the 2007 floods, Chapter 9 of the Pitt Review Interim Report
Sims, R., Medd, W., Kashefi, E., Mort, M., Watson, N., Walker, G., Twigger-Ross, C. 31/03/2008 Lancaster UK, 14 p.
Working paper

Critical Perspectives on Integrated Water Management.
Watson, N., Walker, G., Medd, W. 12/2007 In: Geographical Journal. 173, 4, p. 297-299. 3 p.
Journal article

Integrated water resources management in the Cross River Basin, Nigeria
Akpabio, E., Watson, N., Ite, U., Ukpong, I. 12/2007 In: International Journal of Water Resources Development. 23, 4, p. 691-708. 18 p.
Journal article

Collaborative Capital: A Key to the Successful Practice of Integrated Water Resources Management.
Watson, N. 2007 In: Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Integrated Water management. Aldershot : Ashgate Publishing p. 31-48. 18 p. ISBN: 978-0-7546-7065-0.

Implementing the EU Water Framework Directive: Experiences of participatory planning in the Ribble Basin, North West England
Watson, N., Howe, J. 2006 In: Water International. 31, 4, p. 474-487.
Journal article

The use of visioning techniques for integrated river basin management.
Watson, N.M. 10/2005 In: 42nd Annual conference of the Japan section of the regional science association international (RSAI). Japan : Tottori University

Integrated water management and local institutional empowerments : a lost opportunity in the cross river basin, Nigeria?
Akpabio, E.M., Ukpong, I.E., Watson, N.M., Ite, U.E. 2005 In: Proceedings of the XIIth World Water Congress (water for sustainable development-towards innovative solutions). New Delhi, India p. 297-309. 13 p.

Partnerships for integrated land and water management : lessons from the Frasier Basin.
Watson, N.M. 2005 In: Sustaining our futures : reflections on environment, economy and society. Canada : University of Waterloo p. 409-446. 38 p.

Rivers and the British Landscape
Owen, S., Pooley, C.G., Folkard, A.M., Park, C., Clark, G., Watson, N. 2005 Lancaster : Carnegie Press. 243 p. ISBN: 185936120X , 9781859361207.

The management of British rivers
Watson, N. 2005 In: Rivers and the British landscape. Lancaster : Carnegie Publishing p. 169-194. 26 p. ISBN: 185936120X , 9781859361207.

Integrated River Basin Management: A Case for Collaboration.
Watson, N. 2004 In: International Journal of River Basin Management. 2, 4, p. 243-257. 15 p.
Journal article

Understanding the factors affecting health in Halton : final report.
Burgess, C., Crutchley, A., Clark, G., Davies, G., Gattrell, T.C., Pooley, C.G., Stelfox, M., Watson, N., Welshman, J., Whyatt, D. 2004
Other contribution

Flood vulnerability and resilience
01/10/2007 → 31/12/2009

Understanding & Acting within Loweswater: A Community approach to Catchment Management
01/06/2007 → 31/12/2010

FP6: Governat
01/10/2006 → 30/09/2010

The Catchment Change Management Hub
01/01/1900 → …

  • Critical Geographies
  • Improving global stewardship
  • Sustainable Catchments