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Presentations given at Oxford’s International Conference on Water Security, Risk and Society, April 16-18th 2012. The event convened many of the world’s leading thinkers from science, policy and enterprise to understand the status of and pathways to water security at multiple scales. Relevant topics will be discussed such as Sustainable cost recovery: re-shaping the moral economy of ‘Financing Water for All’ and so on.


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Course Credit: University of Oxford

Course Curriculum

Module: 01
Sustainable cost recovery: re-shaping the moral economy of ‘Financing Water for All’ 00:13:00
Water (un)control and water (in)security; theorising an infrastructural framework for water apportionment and access 00:11:00
Infrastructure and incentives for water security in North-west China 00:14:00
Does privatisation increase water security in the Global South? Evaluating the findings and methods of empirical literature 00:09:00
Water security in the Canadian prairies: science and management challenges 00:15:00
Flooding and professional dialogue: scientists and local decision-makers exchange ideas 00:18:00
Designing robust water supply systems in the UK 00:15:00
Water security, climate change and agriculture: a simple framework for rapid assessments 00:16:00
Approaching water security from a risk perspective 00:11:00
Water security – a matter of national defence 00:20:00
Module: 02
The web of water security: Legal challenges in an interconnected world 00:18:00
A systemic legal response to water security: the responsibility to provide solutions beyond definitions! 00:16:00
Defining water security for heavy manufacturing industries in Teesside, North East England: from the perils of the 1959 drought to the burden of oversupply 00:13:00
Measuring transparency in the water sector: the Spanish case 00:10:00
Regional water security and public health implications in Bengal Delta 00:09:00
Beyond metrics: can water footprinting improve water security? 00:18:00
Measuring what you manage: corporate water risk 00:15:00
SABMiller’s perspective on corporate water risk 00:14:00
Lessons from public-private-civil society partnerships to address shared water risk 00:17:00
Elements of sustainable urban water services 00:14:00
Module: 03
Continuous water supply – an essential component for achieving water security 00:18:00
Coping with risk-managing distribution networks 00:14:00
The political economy of land and water grabs 00:12:00
Dust-up over the Brahmaputra: India, China and the impending encounter of river diversion mega-schemes 00:17:00
The impact of uncertainties on cooperation and conflict in transboundary water management 00:15:00
The water security implications of water securitization: an Israeli-Palestinian perspective 00:16:00
Mobile-enhanced handpump maintenance innovations in rural India 00:12:00
LIFELINK – Reducing financial and operational risks to rural water security 00:13:00
Smart handpumps and rural water security risk 00:19:00
Rural water supply management and monitoring innovations from West Africa 00:19:00
Module: 04
Designing water entitlement systems for an ever changing and ever varying future 00:13:00
What’s the national economic value of water trading? 00:14:00
Water reform in a transaction costs world: concepts, metrics and lessons learned 00:16:00
Water security and the irrigation sector 00:15:00
Enhancing water security for the benefit of humans and nature – a multi-level governance challenge 00:22:00
Water services regulation and water security 00:21:00
Economic innovations to manage water security risks and tradeoffs 00:18:00
Water security and economic growth – an imperative for climate change adaptation 00:17:00
River basin management pathways to water security 00:20:00
Module: 05
Risk and response: a business perspective on water security 00:28:00
Catalysing sustainable water security – role of science, innovation and partnerships 00:27:00
Managing risk from climate variability and change: lessons from Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin 00:21:00
Decision making under uncertainty: a new paradigm for water security 00:23:00
Growing water scarcity in agriculture – future challenge to global water security 00:23:00
Water scarcity, water quality and aquatic ecology: impacts of climate and land use change on the River Thames system 00:12:00
How credible are hydrological projections in a changing world? 00:11:00
Changing land-atmosphere feedbacks in tropical African Wetlands 00:10:00
Securing water in a changing climate 00:12:00
Building dams, building states: water, development and politics in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin 00:12:00
Module: 06
Pan-European landscape of cooperation on transboundary waters: main issues and security implications 00:17:00
Water diplomacy: a networked approach to understanding, measuring and managing water security 00:16:00
Scenario based elicitation of expert perceptions of water security and climate change adaptation in the Nile Basin 00:15:00
Three things for the water security community to know about the energy sector 00:10:00
Water security, energy scarcity and sustainable development 00:18:00
Resource implications of the move to non-conventionals in the energy and water sectors 00:09:00
Solar water – ecosystem implications of the food/water/energy nexus in La Mancha, Spain 00:08:00
Joint Monitoring Programme Equity and Non-Discrimination Working Group 00:13:00
Joint Monitoring Programme Sanitation Working Group 00:11:00
Joint Monitoring Programme Water Working Group 00:20:00
Module: 07
Water and sanitation planning: concepts, institutions and action 00:14:00
Rocks, hard places and road blocks: challenges on the paths to water security in Africa 00:17:00
Diageo’s approach to water – supporting business growth 00:13:00
State of water and sanitation: how secure is water for people? 00:13:00
Water security and the global development challenge 00:16:00
Addressing water security risks: can we leapfrog carbon? 00:19:00
Risk-based principles for defining and managing water security 00:22:00
The case of the water insecure: building a national, regional and global coalition 00:20:00
Peak water and peak energy: implications for security 00:24:00
Framing the agenda: the global case for science, policy and enterprise 00:26:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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