Water Ties: Towards a Relational Understanding of Water Governance Networks in Tanzania and Ethiopia

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Title: Water Ties: Towards a Relational Understanding of Water Governance Networks in Tanzania and Ethiopia
Authors: Stein, Christian
ORCID of the author: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0564-9779
Thesis advisor: Prof. Dr. Claudia Pahl-Wostl
Thesis referee: Prof. Dr. Peter Mollinga
Abstract: This interdisciplinary thesis studies the diverse multi-stakeholder networks that are constitutive of contemporary water governance. It examines collaborative governance networks from a relational perspective in two case study watersheds in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Collaborative and networked governance approaches are increasingly promoted to address complex water challenges, but relatively little is known about how the everyday collaborative relationships (i.e. collaboration practices) among the multiple actors involved in the development, management and use of water, shape contemporary water governance processes. In this thesis, I advance, based on intensive fieldwork data collection, a conceptual and methodological framework for studying collaboration networks pertaining to watershed management. I examine local collaborative governance networks in two watersheds, in Ethiopia and Tanzania, from a relational perspective, using complementary qualitative and quantitative social network research methods. The thesis explores the opportunities and limitations of such collaborative governance networks in their concrete functioning, thereby contributing to a more context-sensitive, and nuanced, understanding of the role of governance networks and collaborative governance approaches in the management of water and related resources.
URL: https://repositorium.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/urn:nbn:de:gbv:700-201907101711
Subject Keywords: Sustainable development; Water governance; Collaborative governance; Polycentric governance; Network governance; Social networks; Relational approach; Narratives; Mixed methods; Social network analysis; Participatory mapping; Visual network research; Water-energy-food nexus; Integrated Water Resources Management; Cross-sectoral policy integration; Boundary work; Resource politics; Tanzania; Ethiopia; Blue Nile; Sub-Saharan Africa
Issue Date: 10-Jul-2019
Type of publication: Dissertation oder Habilitation [doctoralThesis]
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