From the global to the household level, societal processes have shaped and been shaped by material flows of water resources. Humans have adjusted to hydrologic patterns of water, have intervened to change those patterns and at times have attempted to restore or undo those very changes. These dynamics are driven by the intersections of cultures, histories, institutional structures, power relations, and economics with hydrologic patterns. As such, water is an integral part of international relations, politics, economics, environmental disputes, and technological innovation. This half-day symposium examines the contributions of social sciences in unveiling the relationships between societies and water resources with an eye to how the social and the physical can be co-examined and integrated to improve understandings and inform practice.
The College of Natural Sciences and the Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center kicks off the first day of the New England Graduate Student Water Symposium by presenting the worksop entitled "Water, Society, & Politics", to be followed by a dinner celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center.
Friday, September 11th
12:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Commonwealth Honors College Event Hall, UMass Amherst Campus
Invited speakers -
- Dr. Chris Sneddon, Dartmouth College, “Transforming the Mekong: Scientific Knowledge and Geopolitical Change, 1955 to 2015"
- Dr. Kelli Larson, Arizona State University, “Risk Perceptions and Policy Attitudes: Implications for Collaborative Water Governance"
- Dr. Rebecca Lave, Indiana University Bloomington, “Marketing environmental science and management: Stream mitigation banking in the U.S."
Please RSVP for the workshop and the dinner (free!): http://www.ecs.umass.edu/eve/meetings/2015NEGSWS/workshop.html