Research projects

Research Projects: Introduction

NEWAVE will train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), who will be enrolled in PhD programmes, through a systematic approach that includes diagnosis, analysis, assessment and actionability and is based on rigorous environmental social science training and research.

The research component of this training network will follow the Problématiques-Paradigms-Patterns (3Ps) heuristic framework built around 3 overarching and interrelated research questions (RQ) that address the fundamental dimensions of water governance related to the dialectical socio-environmental relationship between problématiques, paradigms and patterns of governance.


What are the most important contemporary water-human problematiques?

ESRs 1, 3, 5, andwill collectively develop a diagnostic framework for the identification of the major water problématiques looking at syndromes, symptoms, drivers and causes of human-water crises. Individually the different ESR projects will focus on five key problématiques.


How do paradigms arise, circulate and impact water governance applications?

ESRs 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10 will engage with the paradigmatic ideational underpinnings of governance approaches, making it possible to understand why approaches are advocated, and how the circulation of ideas about governance works. Individually the different ESRs projects will focus on 5 key cases related with paradigms creation, diffusion and impact.


What patterns of governance are prevailing in the global water governance arena and what are their outcomes?

ESRs 11 to 15 will conduct research on how different institutional arrangements and patterns in water governance form and perform. Individually the different ESR projects will focus on 5 key cases related to different modes and patterns of governance in a variety of cases on different scales.