SOAS University of London

Prof Laurence Smith Inaugural Lecture: Taking Care of our Waters: People, Policy and Practice

Laurence Smith
Professor Laurence Smith

Date: 5 March 2014Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 5 March 2014Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Inaugural Lecture

Our health, wellbeing, economy and environment depend on our stewardship of water resources, but conserving and protecting our waters presents difficult challenges and choices in every region of the world. With a focus on protection of water at source, this lecture will explore the characteristics and complexities of these challenges. It will draw on recent research and international experience to identify successful approaches. These approaches span politics, policy, scientific and professional practice, and the role of civil society.
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Taking Care of our Waters: People, Policy and Practice

Laurence Smith researches contemporary challenges in the fields of natural resource economics, rural development, and water resources management.  He has extensive experience from research, consultancy, education and training assignments in the UK and over twenty other countries, with particular expertise in relation to South and South East Asia.  He has worked with leading national and international agencies including Defra, DFID, World Bank, FAO, OECD and CGIAR research institutes, including the International Water Management Institute and WorldFish. He has recently been Principal Investigator for research projects on catchment management for the protection of water resources funded by the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme of the UK Research Councils. This research investigated how to control diffuse rural pollution and the integration of science and governance necessary to achieve this. Laurence is currently leading a new project investigating sustainable nutrient management and water resources protection in key agro-ecosystems in China.

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