Themes & Concepts

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Water for Life

Water management and the elucidation of its historical trajectory have the potential to unify global cooperative efforts. Although technological issues are fundamental to any discussion of water management, water history provides a unique opportunity to address neglected aspects of societal structures in the context of cooperation and conflict.


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Expertise for the Future: Histories of environmental prediction and policy

Expertise for the Future is a cross-cutting thematic project that focuses on the history of the idea of environmental prediction, and the reception of predictions by societies.


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The IHOPE Islands Project

Island communities represent some of the most vulnerable sections of global society to the increasing threats of climate variability, demographic expansion, economic instability, and sudden environmental change. This project brings together comparative studies from around the world to contextualize and examine these key hazards facing island societies.