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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Water and Risk Workshop

12th January 2010, 09:00 to 14th January 2010, 17:00, Geography Department

Water, and the risks that are embodied within in it and created by it, will be one of the fundamental crises of the 21st Century. Water has a tradition of being a substance that can be stored, moved, treated and, in essence, controlled. This tradition sees water as something that is passive, to be managed, rather than something that is an active and, ultimately, transformative force, leaving a dynamic and not always predictable footprint. Our engagement with water, and the risks that surround it, could be a means of rethinking through the broader relations between environment and society. However, realising such an ambition is limited by the ways in which particular sorts of knowledge are brought to bear upon the water environment; practices that admit certain sorts of knowledge and excludes others. So how do we know whose knowledge of managing water-based risks counts?

This international workshop centres on the interrelated themes of vulnerability and risk and is driven by a desire to spark an original and thought-provoking discussion amongst a wide range of participants. The event will involve people connected by issues of water risk but who often work separately, including scientists, engineers, social scientists, policy makers and non-governmental agencies.

This workshop is limited to a small number of participants to enable effective discussion and exchange of ideas.

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