ESF Research Conferences

ESF Conference in Partnership with LFUI

Water Governance: Meeting the Challenges of Global Change

5-10 June 2011

Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Austria

Chaired by: Claudia Pahl-Wostl, University of Osnabrück, DE and Stockholm Resilience Centre, SE

Co-chaired by: Joyeeta Gupta, IVM VU University Amsterdam and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, NL & Theo Toonen, TU Delft, NL


© Claudia Pahl-Wostl & Theo Toonen, Global Water Governance: Quo Vadis?, pp. 8-10, Global Water News No.8, July 2009

Conference objectives:

  • establish state of the art on major recent insights and advances in concepts and methodology in analyses of water governance and policy
  • bridge regional and global scales in multi-level analyses of water governance
  • strengthen the emerging community of water governance scholars 

The requirements for sustainable management of environmental resources in general, and of water in particular, have been a topic of continued concern. Critical voices have recognized that prevailing environmental resources management approaches have been mechanistic and technocratic largely neglecting complexity and the human dimension and have argued for a radical paradigm shift. In terms of policy approaches, there has been a tendency to focus on standard policy solutions (e.g. liberalisation of water services) for vastly different policy contexts and situations, many of which have had counter-productive results. This ongoing debate has been fuelled by prospects of climate and global change which render the conditions under which management has to perform increasingly unpredictable.

How to Participate

Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Closing date for Early Bird Registration and Fee Payment: 21 April 2011

FINAL closing date for ALL registration and fee payment:  5 May 2011

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no talks other than those listed on the final programme.

Recommended Poster size is A0 (Vertical). Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance. Posters can be affixed with cellotape and Blu-Tack.

List of accepted posters

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. For more details, click here.

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners380 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment before 21 April 2011740 €
Registration and payment after 21 April but before 5 May 2011
820 €
Conference participation without accommodation560 €

Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant.

4 EUR of this fee is used to make this conference more ecologically sustainable. This amount will allow us to offset almost 100% of the CO2 emissions created by this conference and are part of our efforts to make ESF Research Conferences greener... For more information, please click here.

Practical Information

Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, near Innsbruck, Austria
The Obergurgl University Centre is located at an altitude of 1940 metres, in the highest glacial village in the Tyrol, at the end of the Ötz Valley and surrounded by numerous three-thousand metre peaks.

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference, including group transportation are available from the Practical Information Page.

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ESF Contact

If you have any questions please consult our FAQ page or contact:
Ms. Victoria Ibbertson Email
Conference Officer
Phone +32 (0)2 533 2021
Fax +32 (0)2 538 8486
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