Advancing Different Ideas

  • Richard MeissnerEmail author


There is no doubt that research paradigms and (social) theories influence practices, not only in the public sector but also the private sector. To get to the root of the problems facing society and the ways and means we utilise water resources, we need to investigate reality through a different set of paradigmatic lenses and theoretical perspectives. It is through these different ways of investigating reality that we will be able to advance different and innovative ideas, now and into the future. I reached this conclusion after more than two decades of learning about and researching various water governance and politics aspects linked to International Relations as an academic discipline.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)PretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Centre for Water Resources ResearchUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalScottsvilleSouth Africa

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