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Research Talks Fall 2017 Series

The fall 2017 series of Research Talks celebrates research and provides an opportunity for staff, faculty, and students to learn more about some of the world-class research underway at Waterloo.

Please register using the form below as seating is limited and registration will close when room capacity is reached.

Light refreshments will be provided but feel free to bring your lunch.

Each session will take place in room 1302 of the William G. Davis Centre.

Friday, October 27, noon to 1 p.m.

William G. Davis Centre

Room 1302

Global Assessment of Payments for Watershed Services with Roy Brouwer

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Who pays for the water quality and supply, biodiversity, and carbon storage provided by forests, wetlands, and grasslands?

These are the questions Roy Brouwer, economics professor and executive director of the Water Institute, wants to answer. As a principal investigator of the global assessment of payments for watershed services, Professor Brouwer will share how this assessment will help make payment schemes more cost-effective and efficient.

Payments for watershed services (PWS) is a new water policy instrument that aims to ensure that providers of water services are paid for their efforts. PWS differs from traditional top-down regulatory approaches in that markets are created to manage water resources and the goods and services they provide. A key challenge lies in understanding which payment schemes are most effective as well as who should pay, how much, and under which circumstnaces.

Learn why the assessment of payment schemes for watershed services is important to determining the appropriate market price and how it will impact the conservation of water resources.

Professor Brouwer is the Executive Director of the Water Institute and Professor in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts.

Friday, November 17, noon to 1 p.m.

William G. Davis Centre

Room 1302

Transformative Governance on an Urban Planet with Sarah Burch

Sarah Burch's head shotTransitions toward more sustainable development pathways in cities emerge out of a complex constellation of actors, policy initiatives, socio-economic and political pressures, and technological innovations.

Professor Burch will explore the ingredients of effective sustainability governance in cities, highlight the potential role of rarely discussed but crucial actors (i.e. small businesses), and speculate about the transformative potential of initiatives led by cities across the country.

Professor Burch is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environment and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation.

Research Talks is supported by the Research Support Fund.

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Watch webcasts of previous Research Talks: 

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Richard Hughson

Cardiovascular Aging in Space

October 6, 2017

Karim S. KarimKarim S. Karim

Colourful X-rays

March 24, 2017


Joanne AtleeJoanne Atlee

Detecting and resolving software errors

January 27, 2017


Geoff FongGeoffrey Fong |

Tackling the global tobacco epidemic

November 25, 2016


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New vistas in electrochemical energy storage

September 23, 2016

Jennifer ClappJennifer Clapp

Trade: opportunity or threat for global food security?

April 1, 2016

Ian GoldbergIan Goldberg

Battling Internet censorship and surveillance

February 18, 2016

Susan TigheSusan Tighe

Roads of the future

November 11, 2015

Heather KellerHeather Keller

Finding solutions to nutritional vulnerability in older adults

October 2, 2015

Eric HelleinerEric Helleiner

Legacies of the 2008 global financial crisis

March 27, 2015

David CoryDavid Cory

The quest for the first quantum computer

January 23, 2015