MIT Water Workshop Reframing Complex WaterChallenges

Complex water problems cannot be broken down to characterize discipline-bounded component mechanisms that are then re-assembled.

Increasingly, water resource related disciplines, including hydrology, civil engineering, ecology, architecture, public health, city planning, and political science, acknowledge that water problems are enmeshed in coupled human-natural networks where neither a purely physical nor social interpretation of the problem can solve the challenges we face.

Complex water problems cannot be broken down to characterize discipline-bounded component mechanisms that are then re-assembled. Who is at the table to conceptualize the problem has bearing on where we ultimately look for solutions. Globally, water practitioners are pioneering innovative trans-disciplinary approaches to support co-learning and redefine water challenges.

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This workshop is an opportunity for the broader epistemic water community to work directly with these innovative water practitioners to guide new research agendas. Through this one-and-a-half day event, faculty, students, Boston-region water center directors, and global water practitioners will examine how lessons learned from innovative practices can transform how we look at and define water challenges.


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