It is our pleasure to present as conference key note speaker:
Dr Margreet Zwarteveen
Associate Professor and Senior Researcher Irrigation and Water Management and Gender Studies Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Margreet’s work stretches from documenting and analyzing the dynamic interactions between wider processes of (technological or environmental) change and gendered tenure and labour relations in water management (among others, in Nepal, Burkina Faso, and the Andean countries) to the critical analysis of water policies, technologies, knowledge systems and professional cultures from an equity and justice perspective. She has widely published on these topics. Her books include Wedlock or deadlock. Feminists’ attempts to engage irrigation engineers (Wageningen University, 2006), and the edited volumes Diverting the Flow: Gender Equity and Water in South Asia (with S. Ahmed and S. Rimal Gautam, Zubaan Publishers, 2012); Justicia Hidrica: Acumulación, Conflicto y Accion Social (with R. Boelens and L. Cremers, IEP 2011) and Liquid Relations. Contested Water Rights and Legal Complexity (with D. Roth and R. Boelens, Rutgers University Press, 2005).

Abstract: Feminist contributions to water scholarship
Presentation: feminist contributions to water scholarship

We are proud to have the following theme key note speakers contribute to the conference.

Dr Rohan D’Souza

Water Security and Insecurity – the hydropolitics of fear
Assistant Professor Centre for Studies in Science Policy Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Author of Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood control in Eastern India (1803-1946), (2006, Rohan’s edited books include The British Empire and the Natural World: Environmental Encounters in South Asia (2011) and Environment, Technology and Development: Critical and subversive essays (2012). His interests and research publications cover themes in environmental history, conservation, ecological politics, sustainable development and modern technology.

Rohan D’Souza has held postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University (Agrarian Studies Program) and University of California, Berkeley (Ciriacy-Wantrup fellow ). He was also a senior research associate at the Centre for World Environmental History (University of Sussex) and visiting fellow at the Resources Management Asia-Pacific (Australian National University). He was recently awarded the Short Term Chair at the University of Tokyo (Japan) as Visiting Professor of Contemporary Indian Studies by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (2012).

Abstract: Water Security and Insecurity: the hydropolitics of fear
Presentation: Water Security and Insecurity: the hydropolitics of fear

Ms Toni Meek

Water Genders, Cultures, Politics – water governance inside and outside the home
Manager Community Engagement  Yarra Valley Water Melbourne, Australia

Advocating for the importance of recognising the social context as core foundation for successful project delivery, Toni has a particular interest in how the knowledge and experience of the community and stakeholders can be used to continuously improve project planning and service delivery, better meeting consumer needs.

With a background in the sciences and social sciences, Toni is a recognised community engagement specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the water and environment industry, in government and the corporate sector. Her work has primarily been in stakeholder and community engagement and communications roles – including management, training and project delivery – and her expertise is sought at a national and international level.

At Yarra Valley Water, Toni’s team provides communications and community engagement support for Yarra Valley Water’s diverse range of infrastructure projects. Toni also has a strategic role in working with key stakeholders within the community to ensure Yarra Valley Water maintains enduring positive and collaborative relationships.

Abstract: Water Genders, Culture, Politics – water governance inside and outside the home
Presentation: Water Genders, Culture, Politics – water governance inside and outside the home

Dr Jessica Weir

Living with Water – City, country, farm, home, body, spirit
Senior Research Fellow, University of Canberra

Jessica is the author of Murray River Country: An Ecological Dialogue with Traditional Owners (2009) and the editor of Country, Native Title and Ecology (2012).  Jessica’s water research has focused on the water philosophies expressed by Indigenous people along the Murray River, as well as how water is treated in the recognition of native title rights and interests. Jessica’s work was recently included in Stephen Pincock’s Best Australian Science Writing 2011. Jessica was for many years a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and established the AIATSIS Centre for Land and Water Research. Jessica has just started a new role as a Senior Research Fellow in the Bushfire CRC at the University of Canberra, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU.

Abstract: Living with Water
Presentation: Living with Water

Prof. Julie Wilk

Water Geographies, Histories and Futures – Tracing, writing, mapping, modelling
Director Centre for Climate Policy Research, Linköping University Sweden

Julie’s main research area is water resource management in developing countries where she studies water in a holistic manner by combining, analysing and utilising knowledge of different sources (e.g. hydrological data and local inhabitants). By assessing the use of decision-support tools by local stakeholders through participatory workshops with scientists and laypeople, the aim is to enable an open dialogue and increase ownership, relevance and applicability of scientifically produced results. More recent projects have focused on assessing vulnerability to the impacts of climate variability and change and increasing opportunities for supporting and enhancing the adaptive capacity of local households and communities in rural and urban contexts.

Abstract: Participatory toolboxes for climate-smart water management
Presentation: Participatory toolboxes for climate-smart water management