Spotlight on the MSc Water: Science and Governance programme

 

The MSc Water: Science and Governance programme draws on the university’s leading reputation in water research to equip students with advanced interdisciplinary training to tackle the contemporary challenges of diverse water environments around the world.

Combined with international research excellence in water science, policy and politics, the programme offers a unique learning experience as well as access to a range of professional networks which include government, industry and NGO sectors.  From academic year 2017-18, this programme will also incorporate the former MSc Aquatic Resource Management making it deeply rooted in King’s College London’s long-standing experience and expertise in providing in-depth fundamental and applied training in freshwater and estuarine science and management.

Students benefit from lectures, seminars, lab and field sessions informed by cutting-edge insights from King’s Water research spearheaded by 12 staff.  Key features of the MSc programme include a residential field trip in Shropshire and Wales, guest talks by leading scientists and professionals, weekly research seminars, internships and dissertation placement.  The London location also offers excellent opportunities for professional networking.  This year, students have attended meetings co-hosted by King’s Water and International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage, the British Ecological Society, the Institute for Fisheries Management; started internships with WWF-UK, at Harvard; and will take part in an interdisciplinary field project in the Okavango River basin, Botswana.

Applications for 2017-18 entry can be found here.

 

Students enjoying a meal with MSc Water alumna currently working in the water utility sector

Students enjoying a meal with MSc Water alumna currently working in the water utility sector

 

King’s Water workshop: Developing synergies and networks

King’s Water hosted a workshop on 28 Oct 2015 to develop synergies and networks with internal and external institutions.  This interdisciplinary workshop was designed to explore potential questions, topics and themes that might bring together colleagues and to start new conversations and pilot projects.  The workshop also included a session for PhD students to brainstorm ideas to complement their ongoing research.

The event offered an opportunity for Masters, PhD, Post-docs and staff to get together.  A short proceedings of the workshop will follow shortly.

 

 

PhD student network

  • Meet and Greet/Introductions, with a special welcome for new PhD students
  • Strategies for Improving King’s Water Web Content
  • Reading Group focused on strengthening relationships between physical and social geographies

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    King’s Water PhD students brainstorm research and outreach projects on 28 October

  • Intrepid Methods Workshop, a proposed partnership between King’s Water and Intrepid Explorers to showcase the types of methods/fieldworks undergrad and masters students might engage with for their dissertations

 

 

 

 

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Professor Nic Bury shares research insights and a call to interdisciplinarity at the King’s Water Event on 28 October 2015

Aquatic ecotoxicology and environmental monitoring
Speaker: Dr Nic Bury, Faculty of Life Science & Medicine
Discussant: Dr Mike Chadwick, Department of Geography

 
Groundwater governance & poverty
Speaker: Dr Luke Whaley, Post-doc researcher KCL/Sheffield
Discussants: Dr Emma Tebbs, Rebecca Peters, Department of Geography

 

 

The evening concluded with a wine reception, allowing students and staff to share insights and further ideas for collaboration.

All on board at the World Water Congress: students, staff, research associates and alumni of King’s Water present their work in Edinburgh

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King’s Water had a strong presence at the XVth World Water Congress in Edinburgh during the week of 25-29 May. Students, staff, research associates and alumni presented their papers, convened special sessions and took part in roundtable discussions:

Martin Keulertz , Research Associate, Tony Allan, Emeritus Professor, and Mark Mulligan, Reader in Geography, kicked off debate on global food and water supply chain investment and trade during a special session on ‘Food and water security: New actors in the global water trade’. Mark went to on speak on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessments at a special session hosted by the James Hutton Institute and UNESCO.

Kris Chan, PhD student, presented his latest work on ‘Re-evaluating the environmental impacts of hydroelectric dams in Southeast Asia: Indirect impacts through livelihood alternation’ and did a joint presentation with Naho Mirumachi, lecturer, on ‘Measurements, meanings and modernity: Understanding impacts of hydropower development’. Naho also convened a two part special session with colleagues from University of Arizona and the London Water Research Group on ‘Questioning water governance: From concepts to practice’ and ‘Levelling players and context: Re-examining policy for transboundary water allocation and governance. She also spoke about the law and politics of scientific data and information sharing within a transboundary water setting for a roundtable on ‘Incorporating the science evidence base into water policy and law – catchment, national and transboundary challenges and perspectives’.

Regina Buono, a graduate of the MSc Water: Science and Governance programme presented her work she is doing now at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University. Her paper ‘A new frontier in Texas? Managing and regulating brackish groundwater’ analysed the legal aspects and policy development of this potential freshwater source.

See more details of the conference at http://worldwatercongress.com

Deadlines approaching: Funding for postgraduate study at the Geography Department

The deadline for various funding schemes for Master’s level study at the Department of Geography are at the end of this month. Staff and students of the King’s Water community contribute to five MSc/MA programmes, including MSc Aquatic Resource Management, MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management, MSc Water: Science and Governance and MA/MSc Risk Analysis. Funding available for these programmes are:

The Department bursaries: two bursaries of £1,000 each for UK/EU students and another two bursaries £2,000 each for Overseas students  [deadline 31 May]

The King’s College London-Accenture Scholarship in MSc Water: Science & Governance: tuition fees for academic year 2015-16 for one full-time Home/EU student.  In addition, the student receiving the scholarship will work on a dissertation project with the Resources Group at Accenture, based in London.  [deadline 31 May 2015 1700 GMT]

King’s Master’s support scheme 2015-16: 273 new awards of £10,000 to eligible candidates. These awards are exclusively aimed at widening access to postgraduate study and are joint-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) and King’s. [deadline 29th May 2015 16:00 BST]

 

Exploring Jordanian water issues with the RGS Geographical Fieldwork Grants

MSc Water: Science and Governance student, Laura Mapstone-Scott has won this year’s RGS Geographical Fieldwork Grants.  Her project is on ‘Mainstreaming gender equity into water projects in Syrian refugee host communities in Jordan‘.  This dissertation project will conduct an integrated gender analysis of water access and management in Syrian refugee host communities (urban Jordanian towns housing a high percentage of refugees) to inform a three-year Oxfam project to rehabilitate WASH infrastructure in the Zarqa governorate. The assessment will use ethnographic interviews, focus groups and questionnaires with stakeholders to examine how water is owned, managed and distributed by water users in these areas.  Laura is now in Jordan and the grant will enable her to do extensive fieldwork over the next couple of months.

Congratulations, Laura!

Naho Mirumachi on “Reinventing Peace”

Dr Naho Mirumachi was invited last month to a workshop at Tufts University to speak about water and security.  The meeting was hosted by the World Peace Foundation, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy and Water Diplomacy Program, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a summary of the public panel session can be found here.

Following the workshop, Naho wrote an article titled ‘Wicked problems, messy analysis, clumsy solutions? What we need to think about when we talk about water cooperation‘ for the World Peace Foundation’s blog, “Reinventing Peace”.

 

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Transboundary Water Politics in the Developing World

Coinciding with World Water Day, Dr. Naho Mirumachi‘s latest book ‘Transboundary Water Politics in the Developing World’ is now available from Routledge.

The book brings together some of Naho’s insights on conflict and cooperation over shared river basins, the role of water in development and the politics and power at play in allocating and utilising water resources.  You can see more details of the book on the Routledge webpage.

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A summary of the book, from the cover reads:

‘of international transboundary river basins in the developing world.
These shared rivers are the setting for irrigation, hydropower and flood
management projects as well as water transfer schemes. Often, these
projects attempt to engineer the river basin with deep political, socioeconomic
and environmental implications. The politics of transboundary
river basin management sheds light on the challenges concerning
sustainable development, water allocation and utilization between
sovereign states.

Advancing conceptual thinking beyond simplistic analyses of river
basins in conflict or cooperation, the author proposes a new analytical
framework. The Transboundary Waters Interaction NexuS (TWINS) examines
the coexistence of conflict and cooperation in riparian interaction. This
framework highlights the importance of power relations between basin
states that determine negotiation processes and institutions of water
resources management. The analysis illustrates the way river basin
management is framed by powerful elite decision-makers, combined
with geopolitical factors and geographical imaginations. In addition, the
book explains how national development strategies and water resources
demands have a significant role in shaping the intensities of conflict and
cooperation at the international level.

The book draws on detailed case studies from the Ganges River basin
in South Asia, the Orange–Senqu River basin in Southern Africa and the
Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia, providing key insights on equity and
power asymmetry applicable to other basins in the developing world.’

Three King’s Water academics contribute to Routledge International Handbook of Sustainable Development

Dr Mark Mulligan, Prof Nick Clifford and Dr Naho Mirumachi from the King’s Water Team and faculty in the King’s Department of Geography have contributed to the just-published Routledge International Handbook of Sustainable Development. Mark and Nick co-authored a piece on ‘Is managing ecosystem services necessary and sufficient to ensure sustainable development?’. Naho writes about ‘Water and sustainable development’.  The Handbook includes 28 chapters in total and can be found online through Routledge: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415838429/

 

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King’s WASH week begins!

The King’s WASH week kicked off today with a panel discussion with Prof Frances Cleaver, Dr Alex Loftus and Brendan Bromwich, chaired by Prof Tony Allan all from the Department of Geography.  Talks highlighted the role of culture and cosmologies of water, the right to water and the actual implementation of getting WASH right.  This panel set the tone for some of the ensuing discussions next week about the opportunities and challenges of water, sanitation and hygiene.

See more details with this updated latest programme: KCL WASH Week

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Reflections on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Implications for Regional Cooperation on the Nile

The term is coming to a close and we are finishing off the last weeks of this winter term with a fantastic set of talks.  Prof Dale Whittington came to the Department of Geography to give us some of his reflects on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and current Nile hydropolitics.  The talk offered a unique opportunity for staff, student and external visitors to discuss very contemporary issues of dam development, regional cooperation and diplomacy.

 

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