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For the November 2014 Another Drop Seminar Series, the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is pleased to announce its next free, public lecture: Dr. Dustin Garrick speaking on the topic of the global water crisis! 

Seminar Topic:

The global water crisis as a governance crisis

Water has been called blue gold and the new oil of the 21st century, raising the spectre of water wars between sovereign nations due to growing competition for clean freshwater. Climate variability and change are threat multipliers superimposed on connected food, energy and water security challenges. This presentation separates the rhetoric from the reality by framing the global water crisis as a crisis of governance. It identifies the drivers of the global water crisis and examines policy responses in large rivers of North America and Australia, closing with implications for Canada’s domestic and foreign policy.



Dustin Garrick specializes in environmental and water policy. He seeks to understand the drivers of and policy responses to the global water crisis. His current research investigates water allocation policy and river basin governance in water stressed regions of Western North America and Southeast Australia. In this research, he has a particular interest in adaptation to climate change in transboundary rivers of North America, including a project investigating federalism and extreme climate events (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2014-16). He currently serves on the Global Water Partnership / OECD task force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth and is active on a number of international and comparative water policy projects. In his capacity as Philomathia Chair of Water Policy, Dr. Garrick is working with faculty, students and community and international partners to build a McMaster Water Network focused on connecting water science, technology and policy to deliver local and global impacts. Prior to joining McMaster in January 2014, Dr. Garrick was a research fellow at the University of Oxford (2011-13) and a Fulbright Scholar (2010-11) in Australia, where he remains a research associate of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy at Australian National University.


Seminar Details

When?: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Time?: 7:00pm

Where?: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, L8P 0A1

Admission Cost?:  Absolutely free! Seating is limited, so please register your spot by emailing

Parking?: On-site parking is available free of charge after 5pm.

Do I need to be an environmental scientist to attend the Another Drop Seminars?: No, UNU-INWEH’s Another Drop Seminar Series was created as a means to help the general community understand key linkages/challenges on issues regarding water, environment, and health. Students and faculty from any field of study and all members of the community who are interested in the global water crisis are encouraged to attend. This seminar series is open to the public, and a great way to network with professionals and other like-minded individuals.

What will you gain?:  Lessons from leading practitioners working at the interface of climate science and policy in water management.

Where can I learn more about the Another Drop Seminar Series?:
Visit for more information.


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