Is there too much 'water' in water research? Bringing the social dimension into sustainable water management
Tuesday 16 December 2008, 1555-1620
Lecture Theatre 1, Management School Building
There is arguably too much focus on 'water' in research on sustainable water management - sustainable water management (SWM) is not just a question of getting the science and technology right.
SWM is inherently social, cultural, economic, political. There has been growing recognition in SWM that social science research, in its broadest senses, has to be more than an interdisciplinary 'add-on' to more natural science questions. Social science has fundamental contributions to make to SWM, from developing our understanding of the routines and habits of everyday water consumption to how we can better understand the potential for building resilience to future flood impact.
Using the examples of research projects on the social dimensions of both flood and drought this presentation by Lancaster Environment Centre's Will Medd will give a flavour of the potential of the social science contribution to an interdisciplinary research agenda on SWM.