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Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Water Diplomacy
A Principled and Pragmatic Approach

ISBN 9781032084893
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
324 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book introduces the concept of Water Diplomacy as a principled and pragmatic approach to problem-driven interdisciplinary collaboration, which has been developed as a response to pressing contemporary water challenges arising from the coupling of natural and human systems.

The findings of the book are the result of a decade-long interdisciplinary experiment in conceiving, developing, and implementing an interdisciplinary graduate program on Water Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA. This has led to the development of the Water Diplomacy Framework, a shared framework for understanding, diagnosing, and communicating about complex water issues across disciplinary boundaries. This framework clarifies important distinctions between water systems - simple, complicated, or complex - and the attributes that these distinctions imply for how these problems can be addressed. In this book, the focus is on complex water issues and how they require a problem-driven rather than a theory-driven approach to interdisciplinary collaboration. Moreover, it is argued that conception of interdisciplinarity needs to go beyond collaboration among experts, because complex water problems demand inclusive stakeholder engagement, such as in fact-value deliberation, joint fact finding, collective decision making, and adaptive management. Water professionals working in such environments need to operate with both principles and pragmatism in order to achieve actionable, sustainable, and equitable outcomes. This book explores these ideas in more detail and demonstrates their efficacy through a diverse range of case studies. Reflections on the program are also included, from conceptualization through implementation and evaluation.

This book offers critical lessons and case studies for researchers and practitioners working on complex water issues as well as important lessons for those looking to initiate, implement, or evaluate interdisciplinary programs to address other complex problems in any setting.

Table of Contents

Part I: Problem-Driven Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Principled Pragmatic Approach to Addressing Complex Problems Using Water Diplomacy as an Example
1 .Origins: Conceptualization, Implementation, and Evolution of an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program on Water Diplomacy

Shafiqul Islam, Kent Portney, Michael Reed, Timothy Griffin, and William Moomaw
2. Making Distinctions: The Importance of Recognizing Complexity in Coupled Natural and Human Systems

Kevin M. Smith and Shafiqul Islam
3. Working Together: An Argument for Problem-Driven Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Kevin M. Smith and Shafiqul Islam
4. Principled Pragmatism: How Water Diplomats Approach Complex Water Issues?

Kevin M. Smith and Shafiqul Islam

Part II: Problem-Driven Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Action: Case Studies from the Tufts Water Diplomacy Program

5. Operationalizing Problem-Driven Interdisciplinary Collaboration: An Overview of Case Studies from the Tufts Water Diplomacy Program

Kevin M. Smith and Shafiqul Islam

6. Flood Diplomacy: The Hydrological, Technical, and Socio-Political Challenges of Delineating Usable Floodplain Boundaries

Michal Russo and Laura Read

7. Cholera in Haiti: Why Many Efforts Have Failed and How We Can Do Better

Michael Ritter

8. Water Diplomacy at the Macro Scale: Agricultural Groundwater Governance in the High Plains Aquifer Region of the United States

Gregory N. Sixt, Ashley C. McCarthy, Kent E. Portney, Timothy S. Griffin

9. Creating Flexibility in Freshwater Availability for the Eastern Nile Basin

Agustín Botteron

10. Confronting the Natural Domain: Strategies for Addressing Ecology and Conservation in Complex Water Management Challenges

Charles B. van Rees, Gabriela Marie Garcia, Jessica Rozek Cañizares

11. Access to Safe Drinking Water across the Navajo Nation

Laura Corlin

12. Coupling and Complexity of Natural and Human Systems: A Case Study from the Southwest Bangladesh Delta

Wahid Palash, Kevin M. Smith, Shafiqul Islam

Part III: Looking Back and Looking Forward: Reflections and Lessons from the Tufts Program on Water Diplomacy
13. Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program: Lessons Learned From the Tufts Water Diplomacy Program

Glenn G. Page, Shafiqul Islam

14. Reflections on the Tufts Experiment with Interdisciplinary Water Diplomacy Research

Kent E. Portney, J. Michael Reed, Amanda C. Repella

15. Perspectives on Water Diplomacy: Key Findings, Remaining Challenges, and Future Directions

Lawrence Susskind, Enamul Choudhury, Greg Koch

16. Quo Vadis?

Shafiqul Islam and Kevin M. Smith

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Shafiqul Islam is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Director of the Water Diplomacy Program at Tufts University, USA.

Kevin M. Smith is a PhD candidate in environmental and water resources engineering and a member of the third cohort of Water Diplomacy graduate students at Tufts University, USA.