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.
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.