Purpose & Themes

Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN)

Purpose & Themes

The goal of the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) is to build knowledge and facilitate exchange between social science researchers and partners, thereby increasing the application of research to decision-making and enhancing water’s sustainable contribution to Canada’s economy and society while protecting ecosystems. Its objectives include building a vibrant and productive network of partnerships that will (1) provide insights by mobilizing knowledge from social sciences perspectives to improve our understanding of water's role in Canadian society and economy, (2) strengthen connections by facilitating a multidirectional flow of knowledge to promote more efficient and sustainable water management and, (3) provide high-quality training experiences to undergraduate and graduate students.

     WEPGN partners and researchers will form a network to support and facilitate multidisciplinary research over two 3-year phases. In the first phase, research will be carried out by approximately 21 researchers, over  50 students and 30 partner organizations, organized around five research clusters: water and economy; information and decision-making; institutions and community; science and water policy and survey methodologies. The second phase will begin with a call for proposals to address emerging water issues from new perspectives. The network will contribute to knowledge mobilization through scholarly and industry publications, an annual conference, a website, webinars and other forms of media to communicate results and to maximize opportunities for real and lasting impacts.