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Towards sustainable water management in North West Thailand: a governance and sociospatial relations approach

Semmahasak, Chutiwalanch (2014)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

This thesis focuses on local water institutions and practical management arrangements in North West Thailand through the lens of governance in order to begin to establish how the transition to more sustainable water management might be undertaken. Adaptive governance is advanced as a potent means of delivering more sustainable management by providing the flexibility and adaptability to respond to abrupt environmental change, while enhancing participatory and learning opportunities for stakeholders. Insights from the literature on socio-spatial relations are employed to compliment the use of governance concepts by providing insight into the territorial organization of water supply and delivery within the study area, specifically the all-important role of space and socio-spatial relations on day-to-day water management. Data collection methods comprised: (i) 192 face-to-face in-depth semi-structured interviews with key actors; (ii) 20 questionnaires distributed to actors from Joint Management Committee for Irrigation (JMC); (iii) four group discussions with actors from a state-led irrigation project; and (iv) 20 remote interviews with four administrator groups. The analysis identifies the importance of ‘middle ground’ organization as a strategic policy goal to encourage more sustainable water management, set against the pragmatic reality of escalating future demand for water from multiple users at different levels and scales.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Clark, Julian and Hannah, David M.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects:GE Environmental Sciences
HC Economic History and Conditions
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:4708
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