Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

IAS Staff

Publication details for Professor Veronica Strang

Johnston, B., Hiwasaki, L., Klaver, I., Ramos-Castillo, A. & Strang, V. (2012). Water, Cultural Diversity & Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?. Paris, Dordrecht, New York: Springer and UNESCO.

Author(s) from Durham


A product of the UNESCO-IHP project on Water and Cultural Diversity, this book represents an effort to examine the complex role water plays as a force in sustaining, maintaining, and threatening the viability of culturally diverse peoples. It is argued that water is a fundamental human need, a human right, and a core sustaining element in biodiversity and cultural diversity. The core concepts utilized in this book draw upon a larger trend in sustainability science, a recognition of the synergism and analytical potential in utilizing a coupled biological and social systems analysis, as the functioning viability of nature is both sustained and threatened by humans.