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Vision and Goals
The demand for purely scientific and engineering approaches to address major challenges in managing water resources has reached its limit and a new approach is needed. Effective synthesis of societal and political solutions with engineering and scientific formulation is an integral part of long-term and adaptive resolutions to many unresolved yet pressing water problems. Water issues are complex due to their intricate coupling among natural, societal, and political domains where people and problems interact to shape the framing and formulation of the issue. Many water problems are the result of competition, interaction, and feedback among Natural (waterquantity, quality, and ecosystems) and Societal (economy, social values and political norms, and governance) Domain (NSD) variables.
Water, as a limited resource, lends itself to conflicts over its division. A synthesis of explicit (scientific water information from natural domain) and tacit (contextual water information from societal domain) knowledge of water is needed to transform fixed water quantity into a flexible resource.
How do we create Water Diplomats?
Tufts University's Water Diplomacy | IGERT program prepares next generation of water professionals who will create an adaptive and actionable knowledge to resolve water problems through negotiated solutions. We teach students to:
Develop the intellectual foundation to integrate knowledge from natural and societal domains through collaborative and continuous learning.
Generate actionable knowledge and negotiated solutions
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