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dc.creatorGachenga, Elizabeth
dc.creatorPatterson, James J.
dc.creatorLukasiewicz, Anna
dc.creatorWallis, Philip J.
dc.creatorRubenstein, Naomi
dc.creatorCoffey, Brian
dc.creatorLynch, A. Jasmyn J.
dc.date04/22/2014
dc.dateTue, 22 Apr 2014
dc.dateTue, 22 Apr 2014 12:33:05
dc.dateYear: 2013
dc.dateTue, 22 Apr 2014 12:33:05
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-18T11:29:12Z
dc.date.available2015-03-18T11:29:12Z
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11071/3778
dc.descriptionArticle published in Water Alternatives
dc.descriptionWater governance is an important, yet complex and contested field. A central challenge for researchers is to engage with multiple understandings and perspectives that can shape water governance, and to move towards more transdisciplinary approaches. These challenges are magnified for early-career researchers (ECRs), and while the need for transdisciplinary approaches and better support for ECRs is increasingly recognised, there remains a lack of understanding of how to achieve this within the wider research community. Thus, this paper investigates through an auto-ethnographic inquiry the practical experiences and challenges faced by a diverse group of ECRs engaging in water governance research. Reflecting on our own endeavours and relevant literature, we identify a range of path-finding experiences and challenges, and explore strategies employed by ECRs to navigate the 'uncharted waters' of evolving career pathways in water governance research. 'Communities of Practice' are identified as a promising opportunity to support ECRs by enhancing opportunities for reflection and learning. Overall, we argue that there is significant merit in enhancing the way in which water governance research is understood, and improving the means by which ECRs are supported to build capability and contribute in this field.
dc.description.abstractWater governance is an important, yet complex and contested field. A central challenge for researchers is to engage with multiple understandings and perspectives that can shape water governance, and to move towards more transdisciplinary approaches. These challenges are magnified for early-career researchers (ECRs), and while the need for transdisciplinary approaches and better support for ECRs is increasingly recognised, there remains a lack of understanding of how to achieve this within the wider research community. Thus, this paper investigates through an auto-ethnographic inquiry the practical experiences and challenges faced by a diverse group of ECRs engaging in water governance research. Reflecting on our own endeavours and relevant literature, we identify a range of path-finding experiences and challenges, and explore strategies employed by ECRs to navigate the 'uncharted waters' of evolving career pathways in water governance research. 'Communities of Practice' are identified as a promising opportunity to support ECRs by enhancing opportunities for reflection and learning. Overall, we argue that there is significant merit in enhancing the way in which water governance research is understood, and improving the means by which ECRs are supported to build capability and contribute in this field.
dc.description.urihttp://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/alldoc/articles/vol6/v6issue2/217-a6-2-14/file
dc.formatIssue No.:2
dc.formatVolume Number:6
dc.formatPages:293-312
dc.languageeng
dc.publisherWater Alternatives
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dc.subjectResearch practice
dc.subjectauto-ethnography
dc.subjectpathways
dc.subjectcommunity of practice
dc.subjectinterdisciplinary
dc.subjectwater governance
dc.titleTapping fresh currents: fostering early-career researchers in transdisciplinary water governance research
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