Socio-Hydrogeology and the power of transdisciplinary sciences

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Old Observatory, Kyrkogårdsgatan 8A
  • Lecturer: Viviana Re, PhD, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Organiser: CIRCUS network Aquifers in the Anthropocene in collaboration with the Uppsala University Sustainability Initiative (UUSI)
  • Contact person: Susann Baez Ullberg
  • Seminarium

Socio-hydrogeology has been proposed as a new approach targeted to the assessment of the reciprocity between people and groundwater. This approach roots its basis in transdisciplinary sciences, and in the belief that addressing the complex nature of the water cycle with a holistic approach can effectively lead to equitable access and long-term sustainability of groundwater resources.

In practical terms, by structurally integrating classical hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical assessments with social, behavioral and cognitive sciences, socio-hydrogeology aims at assessing the role of individuals and communities as a primary source, pathway and receptor of groundwater, and at understanding the impact of local know-how, risk perception and consumption on groundwater quality and quantity. In addition, within this approach a crucial role is played by public engagement and stakeholders’ analysis as two effective tools for building trust with (ground)water users and managers, thus fostering the implementation of sound science-based management practices for groundwater protection.

CIRCUS network Aquifers in the Anthropocene in collaboration with the Uppsala University Sustainability Initiative (UUSI) Water, a critical and shared resource, invite you to the research seminar. The seminar will be held in English.

Viviana Re is an interdisciplinary water scientist specializing in socio-hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry of groundwater contamination in rural and coastal areas. She holds a PhD in Analysis and Governance of Sustainable Development (2011), and she is currently working as Associate Professor at the Earth Science department of Pisa University (Italy). Her areas of expertise include: hydrogeochemistry, isotope geochemistry, interactions between humans and the water cycle, with a special focus on the incorporation the social dimension into hydrogeological investigations. She has been involved in several training, consultancy and technical cooperation activities for UN agencies (IAEA, UNESCO-IHP, UNESCO-WWAP), focusing on development of quality monitoring programmes, support to groundwater resource planning, management and protection.  She is author of the Bir al-Nas blog and chair of the Socio-Hydrogeology Network of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH-SHG). She is one of the editors of the recent volume Groundwater for Sustainable Livelihoods and Equitable Growth published by Routledge (2022).

Please register by replying to Susann Baez Ullberg on Tuesday 22 of November the latest and indicate whether you will come to Uppsala or join us on Zoom.