Amazing Barcelona: Water Management in a Museum!

How often do you see a scientific concept with which you have dealt in your PhD in a museum on a sight-seeing tour? A product of isolated and a bit weird scientists in an ivory tower cannot make it to the popular arenas such as musea, right? Alas, a surprise awaited me in Barcelona!

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New Book: Water Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer

Guest contribution by Gül Özerol, Cheryl de Boer, and Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf. “Water Governance, Policy and Knowledge Transfer: International Studies of Contextual Water Management” is the title of a new book published in May by Routledge as part of the book series Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management. A major finding of the book is that context [...]

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Brundtland’s Second Coming: Global Tobacco Governance

The photo (credit John Kaplan, 1993) shows an eight-year-old street child in St. Petersburg, Sergei, who insists on smoking Marlboros. The Former Soviet Bloc including Eastern Europe and Asia now represent about 50% of all cigarette sales globally. The tobacco epidemic has been truly exported to the developing world. The powerful Big Tobacco companies targeted [...]

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Cigarettes for Children! Public policy issues around smoking

“Old Joe Camel cartoon advertisements are far more successful at marketing Camel cigarettes to children than to adults. This finding is consistent with tobacco industry documents that indicate that a major function of tobacco advertising is to promote and maintain tobacco addiction among children.”

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Requiem for Science?

I was once a member of a committee whose purpose was to hire a new colleague in our university department. Unimpressed with one of the candidates who claimed he was a ‘trouble-shooter’, the head of the committee, a distinguished scholar, said something I will remember for long. He said “a scientist is not someone who [...]

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River Basin Organizations and Global Governance

River Basin Organizations are ubiquitous nowadays. They carry different functions, forms and are founds across the world. However, what is the history of their evolution and who are the actors behind their prominence in water governance? Who are interested in the promotion of river basin organizations and how those actors have achieved their goals?

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World Water Day 2013: Celebrations in The Hague

The World Water Day 2013 was celebrated in The Hague on March 22, 2013. Two events marked the meeting. One was the retirement of the Prince of Orange, William Aleksander from his position of the patron of water. He is due to become the King of The Netherlands and has to step down in other [...]

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Water Events in Amsterdam and Delft

The Netherlands has always been active in water engineering and governance and the Dutch government has earlier pronounced water its ‘top-sector’ — the priority area for funding. Last week there was celebration of the World Water Day in The Hague, the report about which we will publish later this week. But there are two more [...]

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Chess as War and Meditation

I had a nice childhood — full of happiness, joy and drive. Chess took a large part of my childhood and I had great people to share it with having grown in Baku. In this little essay I recount on my experiences of being a ‘chess-kid’ in Baku in the 1990s, it was originally prepared [...]

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The Art of Translation: My Visit to Guggenheim Museum

Recently I went to the Deutsche-Guggenheim Museum in Berlin (yes, they also have a subsidiary there) to see an exhibition that inspired the name to this blog and bore the title ‘Found in Translation’. My favourite piece is the video installation which shows the video used to teach English language to Latino children in the [...]

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Working from home: freedom or luxury?

Copyright of the picture: The Economist. You must have heard of the recent ban by ‘Yahoo’ to work from home…Now, as in the picture, workers are chained to their workplace, either they want it or not. I must say, in unison with plethora of evidence from elsewhere, that the ‘presence in the office all week’ [...]

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Interview with Professor Martin de Jong on “Institutional Transplantation”

An interview with Prof. Martin de Jong of Delft University of Technology on ‘Institutional Transplantation’. Prof. de Jong is one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the policy transfer school in public policy. The book he has co-edited in 2002 and entitled “The Theory and Practice of Institutional Transplantation” has become a classic in this area. [...]

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Emotion and Policy Analysis

By Farhad Mukhtarov. It is not clear how to reconcile emotion and policy analysis which seem to encompass different worlds. The first is enveloped in subjectivity, whereas the second claims to be objective; the first occurs mostly in private sphere, whereas the second is mandated and takes place in public arena. The challenge is great: [...]

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A Happy New Year!

Dear readers, On behalf of our small but very committed team, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Farhad Mukhtarov, Editor-in-chief

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Interpretative Policy Analysis Conference 2013 in Vienna: Call for Panels

Reposted from email announcement. The Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna together with the Life-Science-Governance Research Platform (LSG), the Department of Social Studies of Science , the Austrian Political Science Association (ÖGPW), Institute of Forest, Environmental, and Natural Resource Policy at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) hosts [...]

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European Commission and Multi-level Governance

The DG Regio held an open Day on 11 October 2012 within which a workshop entitled ‘Troubling multilevel governance: coordinating spatial interventions” was organized. Regional development is perhaps the best example in which multi-level governance manifests itself as an extremely complex phenomenon. Among several participants from various institutions was also our colleague Paul Stubbs whose [...]

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Anthropology and Political Science: Dialogue or Contact Zone?

By Farhad Mukhtarov. As we reported earlier, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is currently hosting its 2012 annual session in San-Francisco. Within this session there is a roundtable arranged for the discussion of the dialogue between public policy and anthropology. Our colleague Paul Stubbs has given a short talk in which he emphasized the recent [...]

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Oxford Martin School Debate “Innovation Enigma”

Last Friday the Oxford Martin Institute and the Oxford Union hosted a debate on the issues of innovation and crisis. Called “Innovation Enigma” the debate featured prominent thinkers and business people such as the former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, one of the most influential professors of economics from Harvard Kenneth Rogoff (also a chess [...]

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International Workshop on Water Security, Jerusalem 17-18 December, 2012

The Jerusalem Water Group of the Hebrew University is organizing a Workshop entitled “The Securitization of the Water Discourse” and to be held on December 17-18 in Jerusalem. The key-note speakers at the workshop will be Aaron Wolf, François Molle, Eran Feitelson and Max Boykoff. The theme of the workshop is the securitization of the [...]

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International Conference on “Lost and Found in Policy-Translation?”

Reposted from the IKS (Institute of Korean Studies) website. The IKS organized an international academic conference with the title of “Lost and Found in Policy-Translation” for two days between 30 and 31 March 2012. The conference was attended by participants from Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia, Korea and the United States. In the first panel moderated [...]

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