More so than for many other resources, the management water is an important aspect of its policy and politics. In this episode, we try to identify common themes and features of the relationship between water, politics, and governance in contemporary China and rest of the world. Dr. Scott Moore will help us identify some of the basic objectives that have shaped the politics and governance of water resources over time and highlight how the role of water has evolved in our society today.
Dr. Scott Moore is Director of the Penn Global China Program and Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and The Water Center at University of Pennsylvania. He is a political scientist whose interests center on environmental sustainability, technology, and international relations. His first book, Subnational Hydropolitics: Conflict, Cooperation, and Institution-Building in Shared River Basins (Oxford University Press, 2018), examines how climate change and other pressures affect the likelihood of conflict over water within countries.
Previously, Scott was a Young Professional and Water Resources Management Specialist at the World Bank Group, and Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Officer for China at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked extensively on the Paris Agreement on climate change. Prior to entering public service, Scott was Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Scott’s research and commentary on a wide range of environmental and international affairs issues has appeared in a range of leading scholarly journals and media outlets, including Nature, The China Quarterly, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times. Scott holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree from Princeton. He is a Truman, Fulbright, and Rhodes Scholar.
We’d like to especially thank Princeton’s Center on Contemporary China for sponsoring this episode and for connecting us with Scott.