Water resources innovation and resilience

Water resources innovation and resilience

Publications (in order by date)

·   Adamowicz, W., Dupont, D.P., Krupnick, A., and Zhang, J. 2011. “Valuation of Cancer and Microbial Disease Risk Reductions in Municipal Drinking Water: An Analysis of Risk Context Using Multiple Valuation Methods” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 61(2):213-226.

·    Dupont, D. P. 2010. “Cost-sharing Incentive Programs for Source Water Protection: The Grand River’s Rural Water Quality Program” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. 58(4):481-496.

·   J. Bruneau, S. Renzetti and M. Villeneuve (2010) “Analysis of the factors influencing water recirculation decisions by Canadian manufacturing firms” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics 58(4):515–530.

·   Dupont, D. P., Adamowicz, W.L., and Krupnick, A. 2010. "Differences in Water Consumption Choices in Canada: the Role of Socio-demographics, Experiences, and Perceptions of Health Risks" Journal of Water and Health. 8(4): 671-686. 

·   Dupont, Diane P. and Nelson, Harry W. 2010 “Salmon Fisheries of British Columbia” chapter 34 in the Handbook of Marine Fisheries Conservation and Management edited by R. Q. Grafton, R. Hilborn, D. Squires, M. Tait, and M. Williams. Oxford University Press, New York. Pp. 458-470.

·   J. Bruneau and S. Renzetti (2009) “Water Use and the Composition of Production in Canada” Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management 136(1): 72-79.

·   S. Renzetti (2009) “Wave of the Future: The Case for Smarter Water Pricing” C.D. Howe Institute Commentary 281, Toronto. 

·   S. Renzetti and D. Dupont (2009) “Measuring the Technical Efficiency of Municipal Water Suppliers: the Role of Environmental Factors” Land Economics 85(4): 627-636.Renzetti, S. and Dupont, D.P. 2009. “Measuring the Technical Efficiency of Municipal Water Suppliers: the Role of Environmental Factors” Land Economics. 85(4): 627-636.

·   B. Timothy Heinmiller. (2008). “The St. Lawrence: From River to Maritime Superhighway,” in Mark Sproule-Jones, Carolyn Johns, and B. Timothy Heinmiller (eds.), Canadian Water Politics: Conflicts and Institutions.  Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

·   B. Timothy Heinmiller. (2008). “The Boundary Waters Treaty and Canada-US Relations in Abundance and Scarcity,” Wayne Law Review.  Vol. 54, No. 4, pp. 1499-1524.

·   Dupont, D. P. and Renzetti, S.  2008 “Good to the Last Drop? An Assessment of Canadian Water Value Estimates” Canadian Water Resources Journal. 33(4):363-374.

·   Bateman, I.J., Day, B.H., Dupont, D., Georgiou, S., Matias, N.G.N., Morimoto, S., and Subramanian, L., 2006 “Cost–Benefit Analysis and the Prevention of Eutrophication” In Pearce, D.W. (ed) Environmental Valuation in Developed Countries, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham. Chapter 15. pp. 317-339.

·   B. Timothy Heinmiller. (2007). “Do Intergovernmental Institutions Matter? The Case of Water Diversion Regulation in the Great Lakes Basin,” Governance – An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions. Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 655-674.

·   B. Timothy Heinmiller. (2003). “Harmonization Through Emulation: Federalism and Canadian Water Export Policy in Canada,” Canadian Public Administration. Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 495-513.


The value of water and the manner in which it is governed are important concerns world-wide. Economic and institution theories illuminate values associated with water and opportunities for influencing behavioural change. While technological solutions remain an important aspect of water management, it is widely acknowledged that solutions to conditions of increasing complexity and uncertainly will be found in the realm of governance. Understanding and encouraging resilience (i.e. amount of change that is tolerable to remain in the same state, capability for self-organization, ability to enhance adaptive capacity and learning) is thus required to address water challenges.  The challenges are similar for all biota. Quality and quantity are fundamental and can be addressed in terms of socio-ecological impacts and future conditions (especially in face of climate change).