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"Integrated Regional Water Management: Collaboration or Politics as Usual?"

Mark Lubell, UC Davis, Dept. of Environmental Science
Apr 21, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
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Lubell analyzes the effectiveness of Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) in the San Francisco Bay Area of California for decreasing fragmentation and increasing collaboration among water management stakeholders. The theory identifies the elements of traditional water management politics that lead to fragmentation and conflict. The water politics-as-usual model is then compared to the collaborative model of integrated water management. The evolution of IRWM in California is briefly described. A survey of Bay Area stakeholders is used to assess whether participation in the Bay Area IRWM achieves the goals of collaboration and integration. The basic results suggest that the Bay Area has made only incremental progress away from the fragmentation and conflict seen in the past. 

Mark Lubell is Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. His research focuses on environmental policy and politics using quantitative social science methods and theory. He specializes in studying cooperation in the context of environmental management, where solving environmental problems requires collaboration and networks among multiple stakeholders. Current research topics include watershed management, sustainable agriculture, rangeland management, policy network analysis, and climate change.  These situations represent different types of cooperation problems, and also feature concepts of central interest to social science such as institutions, environmental behavior, and policy implementation. Lubell has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and US Department of Agriculture, and publishes in political science, public administration, and environmental sciences journals. 


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