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Water policy

Between 2009 - 2012, the Society organised seminars on water policy at 'Future Water', the annual conference of the All Party Parliamentary Water Group.

In 2012, the Society published a policy briefing on Water policy in the UK: The challenges.


The future policy challenges from an ecosystems approach

10 July 2012

Policy roundtable discussion as part of the Water 2012 conference.

Chair and speaker: Dr. Geraldene Wharton, Reader in Physical Geography, Queen Mary, University of London.

Other speakers:

  • Professor Keith Richards, Geography, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Stewart Clarke, Natural England


Geographical perspectives on water services regulation in the UK 

13 July 2011

Chair: Dr Steven Toole, Policy Manager RGS-IBG.

Speakers:

  • Dr Chad Staddon, Bristol Group of Water Research, University of the West of England
  • Suzanne Baylis, Competition Manager, Severn Trent Water


Land use and future water security

13 July 2010

Organised in partnership with the UK government's Foresight programme

Chair: Professor Sandy Thomas, Head of Foresight, Government Office of Science. 

Speakers:

  • Dr Chad Staddon, Bristol Group of Water Research, University of the West of England
  • Professor Louise Heathwaite, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University


The spatial role of water demand management

14 July 2009 

The workshop considered:

  • how spatial research can support the water industry in managing demand;
  • the importance of spatial considerations in current and future water policy decisions
  • how research findings can support the water industry
  • how partnership between the sector and research can be intensified.

Chair: Professor Adrian McDonald of Leeds University.

Speakers:

  • Ian Barker, Head of Water, Environment Agency
  • Dr Liz Sharp, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Governance and Management, University of Bradford
  • Dr Will Mead, Department of Geography, Lancaster University
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