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Incentivising Young Social Science Perspectives in the SADC Water Sector: Building a Forum for Young Scholars in Transboundary Water Governance
Expanded Title:The project’s main research questions as perceived by young professionals in the water sector are articulated as the main challenges facing the water sector in Southern Africa in a period of emerging global change. Traditionally, technical and scientific communities have been called on to produce the responses and solutions to previous sectoral challenges. However, new and emerging challenges and complexities, such as climate change, eutrophication, acid mine drainage, skills flight and social inequality, are demanding more integrated levels of ingenuity and expertise from a diverse set of disciplines. Given this realisation, there is growing recognition of the need for more transdisciplinary responses to the challenges facing the water sector. But there are still very few social scientists working on water issues, there are few truly transdisciplinary research initiatives being pursued, and the challenge of creating the space for scientists, government officials and other stakeholders to work together around common areas of concern, remains difficult. Additionally, young social scientists are often unaware of how their skills can be applied, and indeed, are needed in the sector. The Consultancy was therefore developed by several young water professionals who sought to address these challenges by establishing a forum for young professionals to grapple with these issues and come up with solutions of their own. This report makes a case for transdisciplinarity, not only as a supra-discipline, but also as a methodology and a way of thinking and seeing the world, and one that is particularly conducive to the mindset and generational characteristics of a younger generation of water professionals, who are more comfortable working in a multi-, or even trans-disciplinary environment.
Date Published:01/04/2011
Document Type:Research Report
Document Keywords:Society; Gender and Youth
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Technical
WRC Report No:TT 487/11
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0104-4
Authors:Jacobs IM; Nienaber S
Project No:K8/937
Organizations:Natural Resources and Environment, CSIR; CSIR
Document Size:13 731 KB
Attachments:EXECUTIVE SUMMARY for TT 487.pdf
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