Knowledge Faces Practice: Societal Challenges and Barriers to Overcome to Enhance Water Reuse Adaptation in a Circular Economy

  • DATE / TIME:
    2021•09•07    14:30 - 16:00

    The 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance (7–9 September 2021) brings together the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change.

    On 7 September at 14:30 – 16:00 (CEST), the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) and the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) will co-convene an Innovative Session the innovative session “Knowledge Faces Practice: Societal Challenges and Barriers to Overcome to Enhance Water Reuse Adaptation in a Circular Economy”. 

    The event will explore pathways to strengthen public-private partnerships in promoting the circular economy. In the session, the interlinkages between industry, water utilities, and the agro-industry will be identified, and innovative strategies on how to incorporate them into smart water management principles will be investigated as a road to the transition of society into a more circular economy for optimal water use.

    The session will also be a step to address the ‘Anthropocene gap’ by pointing to the inability of current governance structures to contend with emerging trends in water reuse.

    The discussion will bring a dynamic perspective to comparative problems and patterns of wastewater management and highlight the importance of the co-construction of a system with well-designed PPP frameworks.

    Dr Serena Caucci will deliver a keynote speech on the “Policy and Institutional Aspects of Water Reuse Management”.


    • Dr Serena Caucci, Associate Programme Officer, UNU-FLORES
    • Dr Kensuke Fukushi, Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS
    • Dr Saroj Kumar Chapagain, UNU-IAS
    • Dr Jonathan Morris, Research Associate, Leibniz-Institute for Ecological Regional Development
    • Dr Katarzyna Pawęska, Associate Professor, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Science
    • Dr T. Bartosz Kalinowski, Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Lodz

    To register, visit the Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance website.