WPGG PhD student Michelle Morris was awarded a two year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship to support her work on collaborative approaches to transboundary water governance in the Mackenzie River Basin. Congratulations Michelle!
Enormous sums are spent each year to address water problems--yet contamination, overuse, and other problems remain persistent concerns around the world. It is widely accepted that failures to address water problems are closely linked to weak institutions, a lack of leadership, and other failings of governance. Unfortunately, the water community has been slow to recognize that actors, institutions and drivers external to the water sector can determine the ability to achieve desired water governance outcomes. How best to respond is an open question.
The Great Lakes Water Quality Board advises the International Joint Commission (Canada and the United States) on water quality issues in the Great Lakes Basin. The 28 member board created under the new Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (2012) is co-chaired by Rob de Loë (Canada) and Dave Ullrich (United States). The appointment is for three years.