UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Symposium 2016: Water SDGs and Future Water Management

8-9 November, 2016.

This year’s symposium will address the SDG 6 to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”  in relation to the UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health as well as to critical implications for other resources such as energy and materials needed to establish water provisioning systems (see SDG 12.2). 

The event aims to discuss possible water supply scarcities in the future, analyse water markets and policies, as well as modelling approaches interlinking those issues. Finally it shall conclude on future water management systems.

The programme will consist of a mix of plenary, panel and networking sessions with speakers from both UCL and other universities in the UK and overseas as well as featuring grassroots community organisations to high profile national and international speakers.  

Draft programme

Tickets for the Water SDGs and Future Water Management Symposium are now available via eventbrite.

Tuesday 8 November

12.30  Registration
 and light lunch 
13.30  Opening Keynote 
14.00  Session 1: Water Supply Scarcities and Resource Interlinkages 
15.30  Coffee
16.00  Session 2: Water Markets and Modelling (Keynote: Prof Thomas W. Hertel, Purdue University) 

17.30  Water Supply Chain 
18.00  Wrap Up 
18.15  Networking Reception 

Wednesday 9 November

09.00  Registration 
and coffee 
09.30  Opening Keynote: Prof Lyla Mehta, University of Sussex 
10.30  Session 3: Water Policies and Outlook on Future Water Management 
11.30  Coffee 
11.50  Stakeholder session: Future Water Management - from Knowledge to Action (panel session)  
13.00  Wrap up
 and close 
13.15  Networking Lunch 

Full programme

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Symposium 2016 outcomes

Water SDGs and Future Water Management Playlist

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Day 1 Keynote

'Global Water Scarcity, Food & Storage: a critical review' by Prof Richard Taylor, UCL Geography

Session 1 - Water Supply Scarcities and Resource Interlinkages

Temporal Variations of Water Productivity in Irrigated Corn: An Analysis of Factors Influencing Yield and Water Use across Central Nebraska’ Tony Carr, UCL ISR

Hybrid Wind-Solar Water Desalination in the Aral Sea Basin’ by Dr Luiza C. Campos, UCL CEGE

Water, Food, and Conflict: How Resource Scarcity Influences Collective Violence' by Dr Alison Heslin, New York University

Session 2 Water Markets and Modelling

Opening keynote: 'Sustainable irrigation in the global food system' by Prof Thomas W. Hertel, Purdue University

Optimal Water Reform Strategies: The Lessons from Buy-Back in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin’ by Dr David Adamson, The University of Queensland, Australia

CGE Approach to Assess the Impacts of Water Scarcity due to Climate Change in Japan’, Dr Hiroshi Hamasaki, Fujitsu Research Institute

Modelling irrigation water requirements under future economic development pathways’, Victor Nechifor, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources

‘Water and energy: a critical link’ Dr Martina Flörke, University of Kassel

Keynote on Water Supply Chain 

'Multi-functionality of the water supply chain: implications for integrated resource management' by Prof Louise Bracken, Durham University 

Session 3 Water Policies and Outlook on Future Water Management

Opening keynote: ‘What’s missing in debates of the water SDGs and water management policies’ by Prof Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies

Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in a Multi-level Governance Setting: A Study of the Indonesian PPP Program in the Water Sector’ by Radies Kusprihanto Purbo, Griffith University

An Outlook for Future Water Management: The Role of Participatory Processes in Decision Making doe Local Multi-use Water Services’ by Atiyeh Ardakanian, UCL CEGE

An integrated, model-based approach to evaluate WASH sector investment options’ by Dr Charalampos Triantafyllidis, Imperial College London & UCL

Technology transfer and local innovation in the Thai wastewater treatment industry: Evidence from Clean Development Mechanism projects’ by Tobias Reinauer, UCL Energy Institute

Continental Shelf Aquifers in International Law: (In-between) Law of the Sea, Energy Law and Water Law’ by Marguerite de Chaisemartin, Independent Consultant

Stakeholder session: Future Water Management —from Knowledge to Action

Keynote: 'From Knowledge to Action' by Dr Xavier Leflaive, Water Team Leader, OECD Environment Directorate

'Delivering water supply and sanitation –a case study' by Prof Ian Barker, Water Policy International Ltd.

'Exagenica Research' by Rhys Watkins, Exagenic