All social sectors must be involved in the co-creation and implementation of policies aimed at mitigating the devastating effects of climate change. This becomes even more effective if supranational strategies are implemented at a municipal level and the role of ordinary citizens is made a priority.
During the course of this Panel, the acclaimed writer Professor David Feldman of the University California (Irvine) will present his latest book to be published in 2022 which explores the challenges entailed in ensuring that successful public engagement efforts enable inclusive representation by focusing on power-sharing and equity.
Presenter: LEONARDO PICCINETTI, Managing Director, Europe for Business
Speakers in this session:
DAVID LEWIS FELDMAN, Professor, University of California, Irvine and Director, Water UCI
FLEUR HASSAN, Barrister
Dr. UTA WEHN, Associate Professor of Water Innovation Studies, IHE DELFT & Adlerbert. Visiting Professor of Marine Citizen Science for Sustainable Development, University of Gothenburg
MINNIE JAIN, Director, The Flow Partnership
Dr. KATE BAKER, Research Fellow at the Centre for water Systems at the University of Exeter, Director of Agile Rabbit, and Core Team member of the Social Engagement Platform, United Nations World Water Quality Alliance
Leonardo Piccinetti holds a BSc in Economics at the University of Rome (ITA) with a special focus on water management in Mediterranean countries. He finished his Master in European Studies at Sussex European Institute at University of Sussex (UK). Leonardo is currently studying research degree in Creative Business Management and at the University of Chester United Kingdom at Chester Business School in Warrington. He is an independent evaluator for the H2020 programme. Leonardo is European Climate Pact Ambassador for water sector.
David Lewis Feldman is Professor of Urban Planning & Public Policy and Political Science at UC Irvine. He also serves as director of the Masters of Public Policy program and director of Water UCI which undertakes research on water issues in California and internationally. His PhD. is from the University of Missouri, and B.A. from Kent State University. He has collaborated on research in Australia, Israel and the EU. The author of nearly 100 publications, he recently wrote: The Governance of Water Innovations (forthcoming, 2022; Water Politics – Governing our most precious resource (Polity, 2017); and The Water Sustainable City (Elgar, 2017).
Uta Wehn is Associate Professor of Water Innovation Studies and head of the Knowledge & Innovation Studies Development group at IHE Delft and the Adlerbert Visiting Professor of Marine Citizen Science for Sustainable Development at the University of Gothenburg. She is a social scientist from the field of science, technology & innovation studies, with a background in ICTs, drawing on more than 20 years of combined industrial, research and international development experience. Her work at the intersection of data and knowledge co-creation, digital innovations and water and environment focuses on the social dynamics of innovation and how to harness digital transformations for participatory environmental governance and sustainable development.
Minni Jain is the Operations Director of the Flow Partnership (www.theflowpartnership.org), working globally on community driven, water management and landscape restoration. In collaboration with local communities, she co-ordinates WaterWays- a practical water school of skills, language neutral tools and methods to achieve replenishment of the world’s water bank. Her work is helping make accessible to communities globally, traditional, scientifically backed methods of reviving rivers and stopping flooding and the practical resources to do so.
Dr Kate Baker is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter. She is a Physical Geographer by training and now works with engineers, water companies, and the public to co-produce technology to create circular water systems and to help the public reduce their water usage. Kate is co-founder and Director of the charity Agile Rabbit producing public engagement events across the southwest of England and is a Core Team member of the Social Engagement Platform of the UN World Water Quality Alliance. She was a 2019 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Community Engagement Fellow.