Transforming knowledge production and innovation for sustainable water development

Thursday 27 August | 16.00-17.30 | Room: L11
P Bhattacharya & G Kuttuva Rajarao, KTH.

For thousands of years humankind has developed knowledge about water, along with technology, organisations and institutions for its management. But today, the world is undergoing large-scale and rapid transformation that could be a potential game changer. Climate variability, shifting hydrological regimes, economic fluctuations and changes in attitudes, beliefs and power structures; all this create stress on our knowledge paradigm. Will this paradigm - mainly developed in the Northern hemisphere - be able to meet new water challenges, for example in developing regions? How can innovation activity and a revitalised knowledge production be promoted? Can local knowledge generated in development and innovation across the globe be harnessed in higher education and research?

In this event we engage with people from academia, knowledge centers, government and business. Through short papers and a highly interactive panel discusssion we wish to stimulate a forward-looking, provocative and engaged discussion on the role of higher education, research and innovation for meeting global water challenges.


16:00 Welcome and Introduction

Göran Finnveden, vice president, KTH

16:10 From preaching to participation: enabling joint learning and stakeholder dialogue

Louise Karlberg, Research Fellow, SEI

16:20 Using local knowledge for meeting global challenges: examples from Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

Prosun Bhattacharya and Gunaratna Kuttuva Rajarao, KTH

16:30 Provocation Panel

Tricky questions about knowledge production and sustainable water development: 

James Clarke, Director of Communications, International Water Managament Institute, Sri Lanka

AnnaMaria Oltorp, Head of Research Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida

Hrachya Sargsyan, Chief WASH section, UNICEF, Bangladesh

Östen Ekengren, Deputy CEO, Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL

17:10 How can researchers make a bigger impact: a policy perspective. Ingrid Petersson, Director General, FORMAS.

17:25 Final Remarks and Closing of the Workshop. Jakob Granit, Director SEI Stockholm office

Moderator: David Nilsson, KTH