Mission and objectives
Our overall mission is to improve water and food securities, by paying particular attention to water-based forms of social vulnerability. This is shown in the choice of our research approaches; in our questions on how technologies, policies and realities about water are constructed and contested; in embedding our research in collaborative networks of multiple water actors at different scales; and in actively linking our research to capacity building and policy initiatives that aim to generate societal impact. The group is committed to make explicit the position of vulnerable groups that lack power and voice to secure their water needs.
We distinguish ourselves on the basis of our choice and formulation of research questions, which always reflect a combination of the following principles:
1) our commitment to contribute to equity, democracy and sustainability of water management;
2) our socio-technical approach to study how water management practices, policies and discourses are shaped by the interplay of multiple-perspectives: socio-political, technological and physical processes;
3) our spatial, temporal and organizational scales of analysis to study how water issues are shaped and linked across multiple scales in order to better understand tensions that occur.