Reflection on COP26 and Water

About the Event

This event will reflect on the 26th Conference of Parties in Glasgow and to examine the key outcomes and messages, particularly in relation to water. The panellists had taken on various responsibilities during the conference and contributed in a variety of ways, all while meditating on the importance of water. We also invited students who had participated in COP26 so that we could hear their perspectives and key messages. Please join us on Zoom for this interactive conversation!

Date: 24 November 2021

Time: 16:00 – 17:00 GMT

Type: Online Event

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About Speakers

Simon Dadson is Professor in Physical Geography at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Christ Church. Simon has published widely in the fields of climate change, hydrology and Earth surface processes, in leading scientific journals such as Nature, Science, Geophysical Research Letters, Proceedings of the Royal Society, and Water Resources Research. He has also recently authored the book Statistical Analysis of Geographical Data, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2017, as part of an initiative to improve the teaching of statistics to undergraduate geographers. Simon’s research has been featured in the print and broadcast media, including in The Times and on BBC Radio 4. Simon holds an MA from the University of Oxford, an MSc from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is an Honorary Fellow of the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology where he leads the Hydro-JULES project which combines a three-dimensional model of the surface and subsurface water cycle with weather and climate models to predict future floods, droughts and water scarcity.

Ingrid Timboe is the Policy Director at the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA). As part of her role of leading AGWA’s engagement on climate policy, she is AGWA’s water focal point for the Marrakech Partnership, coordinates AGWA’s work with the UNFCCC–particularly the Adaptation Committee, and is on the Steering Committee for this year’s first Water and Climate Pavilion at COP. She co-hosts the ClimateReady podcast with Alex Mauroner. Her background includes six years at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) working with the Global Policy and Conservation Science teams before starting with AGWA in 2017

Kathryn Pharr is working at WaterAid to ensure that water and WASH considerations, particularly for the most vulnerable, are part of international climate action to ensure that we are able to sustainable and realistically meet our goals from the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda, which heavily rely on resilient water resources and services across sectors. She founded the Community of Women in Water (CWiW) in January 2019 to bring together women working on water issues from around the world; CWiW currently has over 600 members. Kathryn’s past work on water, climate, and science policy and implementation includes working with the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, Arup, the Global Water Forum, the U.S. Department of State, and the University of Oxford.

Stew Motta is based at the IVM Institute for Environmental Studies at the VU Amsterdam conducting research on hydropolitics in the Mekong Region as a NEWAVE fellow. The NEWAVE research focuses on shared and contested river systems and how human and infrastructure interventions impact these hydrosocial landscapes. Stew worked in the Mekong Region for over a decade supporting research initiatives through the CGIAR’s Water, Land, and Ecosystems (WLE) Greater Mekong Program and the Mekong Region Futures Initiative. Stew has an MSc in Water Science Policy and Management from the University of Oxford, a Bachelors in Chinese Studies from The Colorado College, and studied Mandarin at the Beijing Institute of Education.

Kate Cullen is a PhD Student in the Energy & Resources Group at UC Berkeley and an Associate at the Oxford Net Zero programme. Drawing on a background in earth sciences and public policy, her research takes a data-driven approach to key questions of global climate mitigation and local adaptation in the water sector. Kate currently leads a Berkeley/Oxford research group focused on operationalizing principles of equity and justice in net zero targets. Previously, Kate served on the secretariat team for the UN Race to Zero consultations, as a glacier tour guide in Antarctica, U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Chile, UNFCCC assistant negotiator for the Palau national delegation, and an outreach assistant for the Union of Concerned Scientists. She holds an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford and a BA in Earth & Environmental Sciences and History from Wesleyan University.


Moderator: Pan Ei Ei Phyoe is the Policy Consultant at the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and working as the Oxford Water Network Coordinator at the University of Oxford. With AGWA, she closely assists Ingrid Timboe on the Water and Climate Pavilion at COP26. She is an engineer by training and holds two MSc’s in water resources engineering from the University of Stuttgart and Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford. She had worked in Myanmar, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom regarding integrated water resources management (IWRM) strategies.


Nov 24 2021


16:00 - 17:00

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