IWP Panel: Policymaking under Uncertainty

On July 26, 2016, IWP hosted a panel at the International Political Science Association 2016 conference in Poznań, Poland, to explore different dimensions of policymaking under uncertainty.

The panel was convened by IWP Senior Research Fellow Olivia Jensen and chaired by Professor Michael Howlett.

Presenters included Nishtha Manocha (NUS), with a paper on the application of the dynamic adaptive pathways approach to water management in Singapore’s Kent Ridge catchment; Sarah Geist, Leiden University, on the role of big data, questioning whether more data reduces uncertainty or conversely paralyses decision-makers; Sébastien Chailleux, Sciences-Po Bordeaux, on uncertainty and socio-technical controversies relating to shale gas development; and Lawrence Rose, Oslo University, on the role of soft regulation as a policy instrument under uncertainty.

Olivia Jensen also presented her research on policy advisory networks for urban resilience policy on the panel on policy advice in comparative perspective at the IPSA conference. Her paper compares the role of experts in defining and operationalising resilience policy in Singapore, London and Rotterdam, focusing on water resource and stormwater management.

The panel is part of IWP’s ongoing research on dealing with uncertainty in water policymaking, which is supported by an NUS HSS grant.

For more on IWP’s work in this area, see the 2016 Policy & Society special issue.