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Institutional Frameworks to Support River Catchment Collaboration

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 13:00 to 15:00
Roger Stevens LT 15
Henry Leveson-Gower

It is well established that collaboration and partnerships between different stakeholders is necessary to manage catchments effectively. However once such collaborations are established, there arises the question of the supporting institutional structures. Standard approaches tend to be contracts, regulation and incentives, influenced by neo-classical or standard economics. However these approaches, amongst other failings, do not necessarily support collaboration nor a systems approach to catchment management. Drawing on Leveson-Gower's research at the Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across the Nexus, he will present more promising institutional frameworks inspired by institutional economics, the Fair Shares system and the Charity Commission, as well as his policy experience of catchment management.

Bio: Henry Leveson - Gower is the founder and CEO of Promoting Economic Pluralism as well as a policy adviser at Defra. He has been a practicing economist and policy analyst for almost 25 years. He has worked on issues from international trade and environment to economic and environmental regulation design. He has always sought to draw on a whole range of economic and social science thinking and techniques from international political to behavioural economics. He has particular expertise in using agent based modelling (ABM) having produced the first Government impact assessment using an ABM. He is now advising government departments on using ABMs. He recently addressed the OECD on the policy application of ABMs. He also has expertise in institutional and complexity economics and is advising organisations on the implications for regulatory design and implementation. Henry is an internationally recognised expert in water policy and regulation but he also has knowledge of a wide range of environmental policy areas including sustainable consumption and production, climate change adaptation, industrial pollution and waste. He has worked in the public and private sector at the local, national and international level both in the UK and Australia. He was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus, is a Fellow of the RSA and a qualified chartered accountant.

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