Workshop Complex social problems in deltas (in Dutch)

Aerial picture of the Okavango Delta in Botswana during summer period

Water, Climate and Future Deltas researchers from Utrecht University are working on complex social problems in deltas, also referred to by Rittel & Webber as 'wicked problems'. Moreover, more wicked problems are taking on a long-term transition character. We now invite you to a late summer symposium

'Complex social problems in deltas'

to collectively reflect on the wicked problems of the Dutch Delta, where the battle for water meets the struggle for space.

The symposium will focus on tensions, dilemmas, strategies and rules that governments and their cooperation partners encounter and can use in working towards a climate-proof and water-resilient Netherlands in 2050. To make this concrete, two practical cases of 'wicked problems' in the Dutch delta will be discussed interactively:

  • Pui Mee Chan (experienced professional with >20 years of experience in the water sector) specifically addresses the peat meadow problem and the dilemmas of water boards in consideration of short- and long-term interests in the rural area.
  • Susanne Vermeulen (HDSR) discusses the proposed housing development in the Rijnenburg polder in Utrecht.

All this will be preceded by a setting-the-scene presentation by Dr Wieke Pot, associate professor of long-term governance at the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University and Research (WUR).

The workshop will be in Dutch and ends with a lunch.

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Balzaal of Paushuize in Utrecht

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