Transitions in Water Management

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vaknaam Transitions in Water Management
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Transitions in Water Management
Leerdoelen The aim of this course is to provide students with theories and concepts to describe and explain current transitions in water management, which are aimed at a more integrated, adaptive and ecological management of water issues. The course focuses in particular on the flood risk management of open water bodies or surface water in delta areas where rivers and coastal areas come together – on creating flood resilient delta areas.

After completion of the course, students must be able to:
1. Describe the challenges of surface water systems, with a particular focus on delta areas where rivers and coastal zones come together.
2. Describe and explain various concepts of transition, transition management, adaptability (in both planning and design) and (flood) resilience.
3. Drawing on these theoretical explorations, identify and analyse current transitions in water management in delta areas (relating to coastal protection, river flood management and urban flood management), which are aimed at a more integrated and adaptive management of water issues.
4. Comment on issues and dilemmas in current practices of water transition management.
5. Suggest and develop possible water management strategies and measures to manage water transitions.

After completing the assignment, students are able to:
- Provide an overview of and explain current problems and dilemmas regarding a specific water management transition.
- Use insights from transition theory to conceptualize and provide a historical overview of the transition under study and explain why it is useful to frame issues as a transition.
- Develop an innovative strategic policy plan which is aimed at solving the current problems and dilemmas, and which builds on insights from transition management theory.
Omschrijving Due to continuous urbanisation and the increasing impacts of climate change, flood risks in delta areas are increasing, and, as a consequence, water management is high on the international political and societal agenda. Worldwide, the need is recognized to develop strategies and measures to adapt land use to the already occurring effects of climate change, and to develop integrated and adaptive approaches for dealing with water issues in low-lying urban deltas. The development and implementation of these integrated and adaptive approaches is however not an easy task, as they often involve a substantive and/or governance transition in water management.
Drawing on a theoretical exploration of the nature of water transitions (including the notions of flood resilience and adaptability in both planning and design), and the way in which transitions can be managed, the course focuses on identifying current transitions in water management in relation to climate change, and on discussing issues and dilemmas in the attempts to manage these water transitions in establishing resilient delta areas. Through a group assignment, students will develop the capacity to suggest practical strategies and possibilities for water transition management for specific planning situations.
Uren per week 5
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Lectures, Seminars
(Combination of lectures, guest lectures and interactive tutorials about the group assignment.)
Toetsvorm Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments
(+ Peer-review reports)
Vaksoort master
Docent(en) Guest lecturers ,dr. ir. J. Kempenaar , C. Theron, MSc.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The compulsory literature will consist of a list of journal articles and book chapters.
Opmerkingen Open for Master students of FSS and for students of MSc Energy and Environmental Sciences. For other students outside the faculty: email to be put on the waiting list, first come first serve.
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MSc Energy and Environmental Sciences  (Electives) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Basic programme EIP) 1 semester II a verplicht
MSc Marine Biology: Research  (Electives/Optional modules) - semester II a keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Population Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Optional courses Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester II a keuze