Water (In)Security Panel at European Forum Alpbach

The session on “Water (In)Security” at European Forum Alpbach in 2020 was organised in the form of a panel discussion between four panelists: Leena Koni Hoffmann, Tom Middendorp, Chitra Nagarajan, Stefan Rahmstorf. This was promising to be an interesting discussion, unfortunately the conversation was rather dull and had almost no insights to offer for anyone […]

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The Rise of Global “Hydro-hubs”: How Water Management Expertise Became a Much Wanted Commodity

On Saturday 29 August at 1700 CET I will give a talk within the auspices of the Alpbach Forum and the Azerbaijani Cluster of the forum. The title of the talkĀ  is “The Rise of Global Hydro-hubs: How Expertise of Water Management Became a Much Wanted Commodity”. At the end of the lecture you will […]

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Behavioural Public Policy or Nudging: Good or Bad?

I have been reading and thinking about nudging for over four years now and the debate around it never stops to amaze me. Many of the readers of this blog will be familiar with the well-known book by Thaler and Sunstein released in 2009 and winning Richard Thaler a Nobel prize in economics later (of […]

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A Typology to Study Policy Narratives: Villagers’ Views on Sesan 2 Dam in Cambodia

Studying Narratives in Politics Increasingly stories and narratives are accepted as an important subject of study in politics. Stories bring together facts, emotions, fantasies and hopes. Stories are best to stitch together different ways of knowing, from abstract science to beliefs to practical knowledge from doing things. And stories speak to our imagination; some would […]

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Internet and Water Governance: A Good Combination?

Many expected that Internet would create a democratic arena in governance, help hold governments accountable and increase input from citizens to decision-making in the public sector. The time proved different. We live in the age of fake news, social media determines what we think and if anything, the government now knowns everything about it. But […]

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