Conference “Rethinking the Governance of European Water Protection”

8./9. January 2019, UFZ − Leipzig

During this conference we want to discuss on European Water governance and to address frameworks/ lenses/ concepts/ theories and methods to research water governance: Which factors, levels and scales do they focus on? Which roles play participation, sector integration and basin approaches? We draw conclusions how the governance might be improved in favor of better performance: Which factors may influence local, regional and national success or failure? Are best-practice examples identifiable empirically? Additionally, we critically reflect how the chosen frameworks and methods predetermine the findings of regulating parameters. We aim for joint products as results, like e.g. a special issue, a book, joint conference panels, seeding joint projects, work on the science-policy interface, a manifest and so on, which is open to be discussed and depends on the interest of the participants.


  • Nadine Schröder, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Frank Hüesker, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research − UFZ, Leipzig
  • Barbara Schröter, ZALF

Abstract: Rethinking the Governance of European Water Protection