Programme & Presentations

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Day one: Water security as a 21st century challenge

PLENARY: Water security as a 21st century challenge

Frames water security challenges from multiple perspectives in science, policy and enterprise

Discussant: Professor Ian Goldin, University of Oxford


PLENARY: A risk perspective on water security

Introduces risk as a unifying framework to address these challenges at multiple scales

Discussants:  Professor Eric Wood, Princeton University

  • Professor Jerson Kelman, CEO of Light S.A., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Small probability events that could cause water supply collapse – how to deal with them
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Day 2: Status of water security and its driving forces

PLENARY: Water security and the global development challenge

Discussant: Dr Rob Hope (University of Oxford) and Professor Claudia Pahl-Wostl (University of Osnabrück)

  • Stephen O’Brien, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, DFID, UK
    Water security and the global development challenge
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  • Professor Jamie Bartram, Director, Water Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
    State of water and sanitation: how secure is water for people?
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  • Professor Mike Muller, National Planning Commission of South Africa, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
    Rocks, hard places and road blocks: challenges on the paths to water security in Africa
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PARALLEL SESSIONS 1

WASH: goals, targets and metrics for the next 25 years

Representatives from the working groups of the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) debate the progress and pitfalls of water security indicators in relation to public health, while considering the key risks and opportunities in the lead up to and beyond the 2015 target for the Millennium Development Goals.

Discussant: Professor David Bradley, University of Oxford

  • Virginia Roaf, Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation
    JMP Equity and Non-Discrimination Working Group
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Water security and federal rivers

Lessons from 12 countries about climate adaptation and river basin management in the world’s federal rivers, featuring findings of a pre-conference workshop sponsored by Australian National University and the Forum of Federations.

The session will include a moderated roundtable discussion to develop a global picture of the world’s federal rivers, the climate risks they face and the management approaches developed in response. Contributions from workshop participants in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.

Discussants: George Anderson (PresidentEmeritus, Forum of Federations) and Dr Daniel Connell (Australian National University)

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Water and energy security

Examines linkages between water and energy to understand interconnected risks and uncertainty affecting water security at multiple scales affecting water security at multiple scales.

Discussants: Robert Bell (AEA Europe) and Dr Rachael McDonnell (University of Oxford)

  • Walter Reinhardt, Australian National University, Australia
    Three things for the water security community to know about the energy sector
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PARALLEL SESSIONS 2

Water security in international affairs: transboundary waters

First of three sessions to consider the legal, defence and transboundary governance dimensions of water security with attention to international waters and implications for geopolitical security.

Discussant: Dr Christina Leb, University of Geneva

  • Dr Marisa Goulden, University of East Anglia, UK
    Scenario based elicitation of expert perceptions of water security and climate change adaptation in the Nile Basin
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  • Professor Shafiqul Islam, Tufts University, USA
    Water diplomacy: a networked approach to understanding, measuring and managing water security
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  • Dr Annukka Lipponen, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Switzerland
    Pan-European landscape of cooperation on transboundary waters: main issues and security implications
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  • Dale Stahl, Columbia University, USA
    Building dams, building states: water, development and politics in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin
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Water security in Africa

Examines how governance regimes operating at different spatial and temporal scales influence water security in Africa. Processes and practices that promote or inhibit improved human development outcomes are identified to chart more effective policy action.

Discussant: Professor Tom Franks, University of Bradford

  • Dr Roger Calow, Overseas Development Institute, UK
    A global water crisis? Conceptual and practical insights from an analysis of water security
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  • St John Day (Adam Smith International) and Vincent Casey (WaterAid)
    Managing water locally: the role of community based institutions in the management of water resources
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  • Professor Tom Franks, University of Bradford, UK
    Water governance and security in the Usangu Plains, Tanzania
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  • Dr Nick Hepworth, Water Witness International, UK
    Embracing failure: diagnosing the causes of water insecurity to improve the design of future interventions – results of multiple case study research in East Africa
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Impacts of global change on water security

Assesses the climate and environmental drivers of water insecurity

Discussants: Professor Declan Conway (University of East Anglia) and Dr Carles Ibanez (IRTA)

  • Professor Paul Whitehead, University of Oxford, UK
    Water scarcity, water quality and aquatic ecology: impacts of climate and land use change on the River Thames system
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PLENARY: Global change and the evidence base for strategic policy and business decisions

Plenary to take stock of the evidence and trends in water insecurity in regions confronting rapid global change across interacting climate, economic and demographic risks
and uncertainties

Discussant: Professor Howard Wheater, University of Saskatchewan

  • Professor Malin Falkenmark, Senior Scientific Advisor at Stockholm International Water Institute, Stockholm University, Sweden
    Growing water scarcity in agriculture – future challenge to global water security
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PUBLIC LECTURE at Museum of Natural History

A high level public lecture about the role and priorities for science-policy-enterprise partnerships to reduce the risks of chronic water insecurity

Discussant: Lord Deben
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Day 3: Pathways to enhance water security

PLENARY: Pathways to enhance water security

Plenary to trace pathways to enhance water security through innovative economic instruments, institutional reform, information technology and investment strategies

Discussants: Professor Mike Young (University of Adelaide)


PARALLEL SESSIONS 3

Economic innovations to manage risk through water trading

Examines economic innovations to manage water security risks associated with intensified competition for scarce and variable water supplies. Contributions investigate institutional reforms, economic incentives and behavioural change in water allocation with examples from Australia, Canada, UK and USA.

Discussant: Anthony Cox, OECD

  • Professor Mike Young, University of Adelaide, Australia
    Designing water entitlement systems for an ever changing and ever varying future
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Mobile technology innovations and rural water security

Explores new approaches that harness mobile technologies to overcome financial, operational and institutional barriers to rural water security in sub-Saharan Africa and India

Discussant: Robert Gakubia, Water Services Regulatory Board, Kenya

Water: a fault line of international conflict in the 21st century?

Second of three sessions to consider the legal, defence and transboundary governance dimensions of water security with attention to international waters and implications for geopolitical security

Discussant: Bernice Lee, Chatham House

  • Professor Eran Feitelson, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    The water security implications of water securitization: an Israeli-Palestinian perspective
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  • Dr Itay Fischhendler, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    The impact of uncertainties on cooperation and conflict in transboundary water management
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  • Dr Robert Wirsing, Georgetown University, USA
    Dust-up over the Brahmaputra: India, China and the impending encounter of river diversion mega-schemes
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PARALLEL SESSIONS 4

Urban water services delivery

Examines innovative institutional, technological and economic approaches to address multiple challenges in urban water services delivery in both industrialised and developing world contexts.

Discussant: Michael Rouse CBE, University of Oxford

  • Anand Jalakam, Jalakam Solutions Private Limited, India
    Continuous water supply – an essential component for achieving water security
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  • Dr William Muhairwe, (formerly of) National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Uganda
    Sustainable urban water service delivery: focusing on efficiency and leadership
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Corporate water security risk: harnessing science-enterprise partnerships

This special session takes stock of recent innovations to develop corporate water security metrics and considers the prospects and priorities for stronger science-enterprise partnerships.

Discussants: Greg Koch (The Coca-Cola Company) and Ramya Krishnaswamy (World Economic Forum)

  • Dr Dave Tickner, WWF-UK
    Beyond metrics: can water footprinting improve water security?
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Water security, human development and governance

Explores the impacts and interactions of economic, demographic and hydrological change for human development at multiple scales. Historical and regional analysis from the household to the river basin levels offers insight about the institutional reforms and governance capacity needed to improve and track health and welfare outcomes for vulnerable groups.

Discussant: Julia Bucknall, World Bank

  • Dr Christine McCulloch, University of Oxford, UK
    Defining water security for heavy manufacturing industries in Teesside, North East England: from the perils of the 1959 drought to the burden of oversupply
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  • Prof. Neda A Zawahri (Cleveland State University), Prof. Jeannie Sowers (University of New Hampshire), Prof. Erika Weinthal (Duke University)
    Assessing household water security in the Middle East and North Africa
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PARALLEL SESSIONS 5

Water security in international affairs: law and defence

Third of three sessions to consider the legal, defence and transboundary governance dimensions of water security with attention to international waters and implications for geopolitical security

Discussant: Professor Eran Feitelson, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Dr Christina Leb, University of Geneva, Switzerland
    A systemic legal response to water security: the responsibility to provide solutions beyond definitions!
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  • Bjørn-Oliver Magsig, Ruby Moynihan, University of Dundee, UK
    The web of water security: Legal challenges in an interconnected world
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Informing decision-making

Features a series of presentations about science, uncertainty and decision-making.

Discussant: Professor Patricia Gober, Arizona State University

  • Chris Counsell (HR Wallingford) and Kit Nicholson (Independent)
    Water security, climate change and agriculture: a simple framework for rapid assessments
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  • Professor Carolyn Roberts, University of Oxford, UK
    Flooding and professional dialogue: scientists and local decision-makers exchange ideas
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Sustainable water infrastructure

Examines the theory and practice of sustainable water infrastructure and explore its capacity to enhance or constrain water security at multiple scales.

Discussant: Michael Norton MBE, AMEC Environment and Infrastructure

  • Marja Hirvi, University of Helsinki, Finland
    Does privatisation increase water security in the global South? Evaluating the findings and methods of empirical literature
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  • Professor Bruce Lankford, University of East Anglia, UK
    Water (un)control and water (in)security; theorising an infrastructual framework for water apportionment and access
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  • Dr Johanna Wadsley, The Open University, UK
    Sustainable cost recovery: re-shaping the moral economy of ‘Financing Water for All’
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CLOSING PLENARY: The agenda for science and action

Professor Jim Hall and Professor David Grey, University of Oxford, UK
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POSTER PRESENTATIONS

  • Laura Bonzanigo & Cecilia Borgia, Università Ca’ Foscari & IAS-CSIC
    Water (in)security in Wadi Siham, Yemen: yes, but for whom?
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  • Edward Byers, Newcastle University, UK
    Modelling and transitions of the UK water-energy nexus
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  • Dr Egon Dumont, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
    Development of a model of UK water security
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  • Professor Mike Edmunds, University of Oxford, UK
    Is groundwater in NW China a renewable resource?
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  • Rebecca Evans, University of Oxford, UK
    How do conceptions of water affect the success of water aid projects in rural Uganda?
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  • Christopher Harris, University of Birmingham, UK
    Increasing the reslience of the UK water sector to climate change using probabilistic weather generator information
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  • Dr Nick Hepworth, Water Witness International, UK
    Exploring the value of water stewardship standards for water security in Africa
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  • Dr Jocelyne Hughes, University of Oxford, UK
    Managing water security for wetland conservation: the case study of a hillside fen in Oxfordshire, UK
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  • Anthony Hurford, University College London, UK
    Impacts of management options on water deficits, losses and livelihoods in the Jaguaribe Basin of North East Brazil
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  • James Miller, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
    The challenge of synthesising hydrological and socio-economic knowledge within the uncertainty surrounding climate change
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  • Evgenii Matrosov, University College London, UK
    Selecting portfolios of water supply and demand management strategies under uncertainty
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  • Beatrice Mosello, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland
    Institutional adaptive capacity as a way towards water security? The case of Kyrgzstan.
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  • Asha Naznin, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK
    Could the stress of water contribute to create a new state in a changing climate?
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  • Silvia Padula, University College London, UK
    Optimising infrastructure investments in South-East England – a regional modelling approach
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  • Maureen Papas, Macquarie University, Australia
    Water security in dry continents: implications for Australia
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  • Dr Jamie Pittock, The Australian National University, Australia
    Governing international watercourses in an era of climate change: assessing the UN Watercourses Convention
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  • Ann-Kristin Rothe & Tamara van’t Wout, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Itlay
    Transcending Water Management Paradigms – The Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative
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  • Maria Shamash, UKCIP, UK
    Communication of climate change projections for building water management
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  • Gaia Sinnona, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
    Two-tier water governance in the Nile River Basin
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  • Dr Abi Stone, University of Oxford, UK
    Salty sand dunes: calculating recharge rates to the Stampriet Basin, Namibia, using the chloride mass balance approach
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  • Dr Kerry Thomas, University of Oxford, UK
    WATERDISS 2.0: dissemination and uptake of EC Framework Programme water research results
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  • Julia Urquijo, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain
    Policy and institutional responses to drought risk: do they work?
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  • Cheng Wen, University of Leeds, UK
    Willingness to pay for securing water quality of China’s South-to-North Water Transfer Project (Middle Route)
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