The latest news from UNSW's water community.
Photo by Marek Okon on Unsplash
 
Photo by Marek Okon on Unsplash
 
 
Welcome to our November Newsletter 
 
Welcome to the November edition of the GWI newsletter. Last month UNSW was pleased to host the inaugural meeting of the UNESCAP Global Ocean Accounts Partnership. This important initiative by the United Nations will attempt to standardise procedures and nomenclature for the collection and management of data on important marine ecosystems. Congratulations to Scientia Fellow Ben Milligan from the faculties of Law and Science for coordinating the logistical support for this meeting and for providing on-going secretarial and administrative support for the group. During November we signed a new memorandum of understanding with our partners at Love Mercy, a not for profit operating in Uganda. Through this partnership GWI will work with Love Mercy to provide advice and assistance on irrigation projects which support Love Mercy’s successful seed bank program that provides loans to women led farming initiatives in rural Uganda.
 
This month’s newsletter features an update on the activities of six Early Career Researchers from the faculties of Law, Arts and Social Science, Science, Engineering and the Built Environment who had the opportunity to participate in a workshop on international water issues at the University of Lund organised by Universitas 21. During November, GWI’s International Advisory Committee met in Sydney to review the Institutes activities for 2019 and plans for 2020. The occasion provided an opportunity for IAC member Michael Spencer to deliver a seminar in our Water Issues Commentary series on the importance of including behavioural factors in water infrastructure solutions. Also we are pleased to announce that the final seminar for 2019 will be delivered by Dr Claire Dooley from the University of South Hampton who will speak on her ethical and human rights perspectives of mapping demongraphic data in disadvantaged communities. Finally, a reminder that the Manly Dam Engineering meets the Art exhibition will launch on the 6th of December and run through to the end of February at the Manly Gallery.
 
I hope that you enjoy this months newsletter and thanks for your continued support for GWI
 
Professor Greg Leslie 
Director, UNSW Global Water Institute
 
   News
IAC Meeting
GWI International Advisory Committee Meet in Sydney
 
GWI’s International Advisory Committee visited Sydney during November to meet with members of UNSW’s water community and review activities for 2019 and plans for 2020. Highlights of the visit included an opportunity to experience the data processing and visualisation capability at the Expanded Perception and Interaction (EPI) Centre at UNSW’s Paddington campus. On display at the EPI Centre was the marine debris data set that was presented at the recent Stockholm World Water Week. Other highlights for the IAC included a visit to the Water Research Laboratories at Manlyvale.
GOAP
GWI hosts Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting 
 
UNSW recently hosted the Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting, the first annual meeting of the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership (GOAP), Representatives from 26 countries, the UN, research organisations, technical experts and decision-makers came together for this four-day conference to discuss the conservation and restoration of oceans, which are crucial for social and economic development.
 
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U21 attendees
Early Career Researchers attend Universitas 21 
 
The Universitas21 (U21) Early Career Researcher Workshop was held at Lund University in Sweden on 19-22 November. The theme of workshop was “Water in Society”, deepening participants’ understanding of how research impacts water and sustainability through cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange, skills-sharing and networking. The workshop attracted 38 participants from 13 universities, and UNSW was strongly represented with seven attendees from across the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences; Engineering, Science, Law, and the Built Environment.
 
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Greg Leslie and Michael Spencer
Behavioural solutions for escalating water issues
 
According to Michael Spencer, Board member of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and research fellow at Monash Business School, our failure to address the underlying culture surrounding water is the ‘elephant in the room’ in dealing with our global water crises. Presenting atUNSW  on 4 November, Spencer shared his views on the ways that water industry attitudes, built over many millennia, are limiting progress in addressing water challenges—and how new, behavioural approaches can be better utilised.
 
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Seeds
Students tackle water scarcity and drought in  Uganda
 
UNSW students recently led a humanitarian engineering project in partnership with the Love Mercy Foundation (LMF), aimed to combat rising issues of water scarcity and drought resistance in northern Uganda. Local communities rely on rainfall to water their crops, and in recent years they have been struggling due to unpredictable weather patterns and drought caused by climate change. LMF approached UNSW to design a solution to give communities a more reliable supply of water.
 
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   In Profile
Alice Bleby
Introducing Alice Bleby, PhD Student
 
UNSW PhD student Alice Bleby leapt at the chance to work on a topic she is passionate about, alongside highly respected scholars, through the UNSW Scientia program. Supervised by Cameron Holley, Marc de Leeuw and Rosemary Rayfuse, Alice’s research is examining how rights of nature can be a useful legal tool for protecting the Earth in the Anthropocene.
 
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   Upcoming events
Dr Claire Dooley
GWI Seminar Series featuring Dr Claire Dooley
 
The next GWI seminar will be presented by Dr Claire Dooley from the University of Southampton, UK. Dr Dooley is a research fellow in spatial demography and her presentation is titled 'Mapping populations and their characteristics at sub-national level: future application in WaSH'.
 
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