Water Wars: Causes, Cures, and Consequences?

Oxford Water Network seminar with Dr Scott Moore, Senior Fellow, The Water Center at Penn and Director, Penn Global China Program

2 May 2019, 13:00-14:00

Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment

You hear it all the time: “the wars of the 21st century will be fought over water.” But in reality, few if any countries have actually gone to war over water – ever. At the same time, though, water has played a clear role in many forms of conflict within nations, including skirmishes between Guatemalan villages, inter-group riots in India, and inter-state legal disputes in the U.S. In this talk, Dr Scott Moore will draw on his recent 2018 book, Subnational Hydropolitics, published by Oxford University Press, to explain how water wars can arise within countries – as well as to prevent and contain them.

There will be a chance for informal Q&A and refreshments till 14.30

About the Speaker

Scott Moore is a political scientist whose work focuses on water politics and policy, especially in China and South Asia. Scott is currently a Senior Fellow at the Penn Water Center as well as Director of China Programs in the Office of the Provost at the University of Pennsylvania. Until 2018, Scott was a Young Professional and Water Resources Management Specialist with the World Bank Water Global Practice, where he co-led a study of China’s water sector with the Development Research Center of the State Council and was a co-author of two flagship reports, High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy, and Uncharted Waters: the New Economics of Water Scarcity and Variability.

Previously, Scott served as Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer for China at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked extensively on the Paris Agreement on climate change, and prior to that was Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University. He has published widely on the full range of global water issues in leading publications including Nature, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times. He is also the author of Subnational Hydropolitics: Conflict, Cooperation, and Institution-Building in Shared River Basins, published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. Scott holds a doctorate in Politics and a master’s degree in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton.