A number of GRoW joint research projects are working on incentives (e.g., economic, legal and reputational) to encourage better water resources management. However, much like the effectiveness of new technologies and processes, the impact of these tools depends heavily on the political and social frameworks (i.e., on governance) in the target regions. In addition, a variety of factors (such as population growth and dwindling resources) are making the water sector increasingly complex. Research projects must therefore often address the governance structures in the target regions and analyse them in detail to ensure that the tools and products are put into practice and – as far as possible – that they remain in use for the long term.
For this cross-cutting topic, the projects will jointly address various questions about incentive mechanisms in the context of governance. They will be guided by the overarching question of how we can bring about a transformation towards a (possibly new) social consensus on water governance.
Coordinator: Professor Karl-Ulrich Rudolph
Support: Michael Rosenauer, Alexander Grieb
2nd work meeting, 22 October 2018 (minutes)