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Global Challenges in Water Governance

Global Challenges in Water Governance

Environments, Economies, Societies

Authors: J. Schmidt, Jeremy, Matthews, Nathanial

  • Provides an accessible overview of the changes in discourse surrounding global water governance
  • Connects technical issues in water management with the social and political structures that affect decision-making and governance
  • Structured into three parts to reflect the ‘triple-bottom line’ of sustainability which is key to understanding contemporary challenges in water governance
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This book presents a historically situated explanation of the rise of global water governance and the contemporary challenges that global water governance seeks to address. It is particularly concerned with connecting what are often technical issues in water management with the social and political structures that affect how technical and scientific advice affects decisions. Schmidt and Matthews are careful to avoid the pitfalls of setting up opposing binaries, such as ‘nature versus culture’ or ‘private versus public’, thereby allowing readers to understand how contests over water governance have been shaped over time and why they will continue to be so.

Co-written by an academic and a practitioner, Global Challenges in Water Governance combines the dual concerns for both analytical clarity and practical applicability in a way that is particularly valuable both for educators, researchers, decision-makers, and newcomers to the complexities of water use decisions.

About the authors

Jeremy J. Schmidt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University, UK. His research focuses on the normative aspects of water governance, particularly the 20th century dynamics that connect large projects for land and energy to growing concerns over human impacts on the Earth.

Nathanial Matthews is an international development professional and a Senior Visiting Fellow at King’s College London, UK. He is a multidisciplinary scientist that has managed more than 200 environmental and development projects across 30 countries. Matthews is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Reviews

“A beautiful synthesis of the emergence of water governance, its significance in human affairs, and the challenges it entails on a human dominated planet. Short, comprehensive, and easy to read. I can highly recommend it.” (Carl Folke, Science Director and Co-Founder of Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Global Water Governance: An Overview

    Schmidt, Jeremy J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Environments

    Schmidt, Jeremy J. (et al.)

    Pages 21-51

  • Economies

    Schmidt, Jeremy J. (et al.)

    Pages 53-81

  • Societies

    Schmidt, Jeremy J. (et al.)

    Pages 83-109

  • Water Futures

    Schmidt, Jeremy J. (et al.)

    Pages 111-120

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Global Challenges in Water Governance
Book Subtitle
Environments, Economies, Societies
Authors
Series Title
Global Challenges in Water Governance
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61503-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61503-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61502-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 123
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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