Tapping fresh currents: Fostering early-career researchers in transdisciplinary water governance research

Patterson, James J., Lukasiewicz, Anna, Wallis, Philip J., Rubenstein, Naomi, Coffey, Brian, Gachenga, Elizabeth and Lynch, A. Jasmyn J. (2013) Tapping fresh currents: Fostering early-career researchers in transdisciplinary water governance research. Water Alternatives, 6 2: 293-312.

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Author Patterson, James J.
Lukasiewicz, Anna
Wallis, Philip J.
Rubenstein, Naomi
Coffey, Brian
Gachenga, Elizabeth
Lynch, A. Jasmyn J.
Title Tapping fresh currents: Fostering early-career researchers in transdisciplinary water governance research
Journal name Water Alternatives   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1965-0175
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 6
Issue 2
Start page 293
End page 312
Total pages 20
Place of publication Montpellier, France
Publisher Water Alternatives Association
Collection year 2014
Formatted abstract
Water governance is an important, yet complex and contested field. A central challenge for researchers is to engage with multiple understandings and perspectives that can shape water governance, and to move towards more transdisciplinary approaches. These challenges are magnified for early-career researchers (ECRs), and while the need for transdisciplinary approaches and better support for ECRs is increasingly recognised, there remains a lack of understanding of how to achieve this within the wider research community. Thus, this paper investigates through an auto-ethnographic inquiry the practical experiences and challenges faced by a diverse group of ECRs engaging in water governance research. Reflecting on our own endeavours and relevant literature, we identify a range of path-finding experiences and challenges, and explore strategies employed by ECRs to navigate the 'uncharted waters' of evolving career pathways in water governance research. 'Communities of Practice' are identified as a promising opportunity to support ECRs by enhancing opportunities for reflection and learning. Overall, we argue that there is significant merit in enhancing the way in which water governance research is understood, and improving the means by which ECRs are supported to build capability and contribute in this field.
Keyword Auto-ethnography
Community of practice
Interdisciplinary
Pathways
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