How: methods of instruction and course organization

This course will use the vast scientific literature related to Water Governance including high impact scientific articles, book chapters, and technical reports produced by the leading experts and organizations in the field. The readings will expose you to a variety of concepts, perspectives and theories. Through lectures, group discussions, simulations and assignments you will consolidate your knowledge and build your expertise. Students will gain key skills in developing independent research, synthesis and communication skills. We will meet 5 times a week for 4 weeks. You will have a workload of 42 hours per week including the lectures. For every week the schedule will look like this:

Mon, Tue, Wed, ThuFri
1h lecture2h assessment
45m discussion//
1h group activities//
1h lecture//
45m discussion//
5h of independent study and/or group work

EXAMPLES of key papers that we will use are:

From week 1: Water conflicts and water wars
Wolf, Aaron T (2007). “Shared waters: Conflict and cooperation.” Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour. 32: 241-269: This paper exhaustively reviews the literature on competition and cooperation over water resources and makes a very useful distinction between water conflicts and water wars.

From week 1: Water, food and the global trade of virtual water
Rulli, MC, Saviori, A D’Odorico, P. (2013): “Global land and water grabbing.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110.3: 892-897. This paper provides the first global assessment of water appropriated through large-scale land acquisitions. It is useful to understand the hydrological implications of the contemporary agricultural transition and international political economy of water in a globalized world.

From week 2: Water politics and controversies
Bakker, K. (2013). Neoliberal Versus Postneoliberal Water: Geographies of Privatization and Resistance. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 103(2), 253-260. Bakker critically reviews and highlights key theoretical elements of opposing political paradigms of water governance with a focus on commodification and privatization of water.

From week 4: Adaptive water management
Huitema, D., Mostert, E., Egas, W., Moellenkamp, S., Pahl-Wostl, C. & Yalcin, R. (2009). Adaptive water governance. Assessing adaptive management from a governance perspective. Ecology and Society, 4(1), 26. This paper, based on an analytical review of the water governance literature, highlights key institutional features of water adaptive co-management.

From week 5: Community water governance and irrigation
Dell’Angelo, J., McCord, P.F., Gower, D., Carpenter, S., Caylor, K.K. and Evans, T.P., (2016) Community Water Governance on Mount Kenya: An Assessment Based on Ostrom's Design Principles of Natural Resource Management. Mountain Research and Development, 36 (1): 102-115. This discusses the limitations of the Ostrom Design principles in a case of river basin and community water governance on Mount Kenya, highlighting the disconnection between apparently well-functioning institutions and water distribution inequality.