What do we really mean when we talk about a right to water? A human right to water is a cornerstone of a democratic society. What form that right should take is hotly debated.
Michael Rouse shared his expertise on water regulation at a seminar organised by the University of Valencia on behalf of the Spanish Government. He was joined by experts from a number of countries, as well as Spanish government and utility stakeholders.
On Tuesday 19 March, a workshop at Oxford University gathered 55 participants, from universities, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Environment Agency, and water companies, to discuss the changing scope and content of a right to water in the light of increasing regulatory intervention.
On Thursday 10 May, a delegation of 18 Australian water management specialists from industry, local government, and engineering consultancies visited Oxford University as part of a Water Sensitive Studies Tour. Speakers from Oxford University and the UK research and technology sector briefed the delegation on trends in policy, research and technology in the UK water industry.