Community-based water governance

Growing concerns about climate change and natural resources depletion have motivated decision-makers and authorities to prioritise the environmental and social impacts of dams. As dams often serve multiple purposes (e.g., energy production, irrigation, water supply for industrial and domestic purposes, navigation, recreation, etc.), a nexus approach is required to understand the impacts of dams by considering the independencies of the water, energy, food and environmental systems, and the interactions between all the relevant actors in the system.

The CRESS contribution to the FutureDAMS project is to apply social simulation – combining social science thinking and methods with agent-based modelling – to understand the nexus dependencies and assess the environmental and social impacts of dams. Models will be developed based on an interdisciplinary inquiry to identify the relevant social, political and scientific aspects of resource management in case study regions. Integrating expert knowledge and stakeholder inputs to guide model development and validation will be an important aspect of our work.


Research progress video

This video was produced for the FutureDAMS annual forum (November 2020) as a summary of the team’s current research progress.



WATERING decentralised water governance

Water has many uses in society, such as agriculture, livestock rearing, drinking, sanitation, navigation, tourism and recreation. Water is also used to generate energy. The multifaceted and critical role of water in society creates tensions about who gets the water,...