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Social Science Contributions to Groundwater Governance


Curtis, A and Mitchell, M and Mendham, E, Social Science Contributions to Groundwater Governance, Integrated Groundwater Management: Concepts, Approaches and Challenges, Springer, AJ Jakeman, O Barreteau, RJ Hunt, J-D Rinaudo, A Ross (ed), San Francisco, United States, pp. 477-492. ISBN 978-3-319-23575-2 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-23576-9_19


All environments have been modified by human activity and those interactions produce "winners" and "losers". Improvements require changes in human behaviour, especially when these activities deny opportunities for future generations. However, changing human behaviour can be difficult to accomplish. We need to establish better ways to reach and implement sound decisions. For social researchers, a key assumption is that complex and difficult natural resource management (NRM) issues are often best addressed by engaging stakeholders in processes that involve dialogue, learning and action that is, by engaging and building human and social capital. In this chapter we identify some of the social research principles and practices that will enhance groundwater governance. Social researchers have developed principles and approaches for effective stakeholder engagement, social impact assessment, collaborative approaches for NRM governance and changing the use and management of land and water by rural landholders. We conclude with a discussion of some of the challenges for social scientists contributing to larger integrated programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:social science, groundwater governance, human impact, human activity, natural resource management
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Sustainable agricultural development
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mitchell, M (Dr Michael Mitchell)
ID Code:117020
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-05-29
Last Modified:2018-04-05

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