Viable Water Management and Governance for Futures (VIWAFU)

This researcher network aims to provide knowledge on water management and governance for future policy and decision making in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the EU.

The biggest challenges to water and sanitation services are mainly effective governance and management. The Nordic countries have several small research teams oriented towards water services management and governance, but they are scattered and not well-connected. Increased collaboration between the teams, sharing of experiences and knowledge, gaining of perspectives and promotion of comparative thinking would be highly beneficial.

In this researcher network, six Nordic universities and two Baltic universities cooperate with five partners in Europe and Africa. Each participating institution has its own strong areas within the ongoing research.

The broad objective of the network is to enhance knowledge and understanding of diverse research approaches as well as inter- and multidisciplinary research regarding water resources, management, governance and services in the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal dimensions. Focus is on water management and governance; especially on the following questions:

  • How is water managed in various conditions, and how could it be improved?
  • How is the importance of water reflected in decision-making?
  • How can water be governed through better policies, empowerment, and regulations?
Facts about the project

Project number: 40921

Project leader

Tapio Katko, Tampere University of Technology, Finland