Research Group: Policies and institutions for resilient food and water systems
Power and politics are crucial in resilience thinking and practice. Our research critically explores the politically progressive thinking and action that is often needed to challenge and transform unsustainable structures and hold powerful actors and networks to account. For example, this research aims to better understand how, - and under what conditions -, can citizens be more centrally involved in policy-making and the governance of resilient food and water systems. This theme also seeks to analyse the power relations implicit in adaptive management as well as the historical, cultural, and political-economic processes that drive human-environmental changes that ultimately impact on water and food security/food sovereignty.
Research in this area identifies the policies and institutions needed to scale up and mainstream equitable and resilient systems for food and water security. It focuses in particular on exploring the policies and institutional frameworks needed to enhance community self-organization for socio-ecological resilience at different scales. Key research topics include:
Our policy research not only lives up to traditional academic measures of excellence such as rigour, originality, and reliability. It also aims to solve real-world problems. It seeks to improve citizen engagement in decision-making, contribute to community and socio-ecological resilience, and realize peoples’ fundamental right to water and food security/sovereignty.