19 Jun 2012 - 20 Jun 2012 All day CRASSH




Now closed.



Keith Richards (Professor of Geography and Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge) 
Richard Fenner (Senior Research Associate in Department of Engineering and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge)

Conference Summary

The purpose of this Workshop is to bring together academics, practitioners and graduate students with an interest in issues of river basin and water management. The aim will be to explore the possibilities for management of these complex social-technical-ecological systems – whether integrated, adaptive or collaborative – and the continuing challenges thereof, from theoretical, multi-disciplinary and practical perspectives, and in relation to basins of varying scale from the more-or-less local to the trans-boundary. The workshop will consider multiple perspectives on basin management – ecological, social, technical and economic – to address the inherent complexities, trade-offs and multiple disciplinary approaches involved in identifying effective solutions to the need to maintain healthy aquatic environments while delivering sustainable water services.   

The workshop will cover two days, in each of which there will be two themes. On Tuesday 19 June the sessions will be more theoretical; the morning will introduce the overall workshop theme of 'Water management: multi-level, polycentric, adaptive, collaborative… or just chaotic?' by considering the complex, path dependent nature of basin management, and the difficulties of generalising from case studies and experience. The afternoon will develop this theme by considering the questions of 'Learning, transferring, adapting: water management across space and time'. On Wednesday 20 June, the sessions will have a more practical orientation, and will cover 'New methods for water management' and 'New challenges, responses and institutional arrangements in urban water management'.

The Workshop is the concluding event of a series of international Workshops held in Cambridge, Macau, Guangzhou and Beijing from 2009 on the theme of River Basin Governance (RiBaGo) in China and Europe, supported by the Co-Reach initiative of the ERA, and the ESRC. 

For full details of the programme, please see the link at the right hand side of this page. 



Financial support for this Workshop from the Co-Reach initiative and the University of Cambridge is gratefully acknowledged.                                      

Accommodation for non-paper giving delegates

We are unable to arrange accommodation for delegates, however, the following websites may be of help.

Visit Cambridge
Cambridge Rooms
University of Cambridge accommodation webpage

Administrative assistance:
Michelle Maciejewska (Fellowships and Programmes Manager, CRASSH)


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk