Privatization of water – about the abuse of an issue

Did the Austrian chancellor “hop on” the issue of water privatization to stimulate his election campaign in 2013? Our research project on water supply, water scarcity and the public debate about privatization and the media content analysis in particular shows some interesting results: The case: Privatization of water was one of the big issues in the media in 2013 – even in Austria, one of the water richest countries in Europe. But a closer look at media reports in Austria in the year 2013 shows that there wasn’t a public discourse about sustainability and the environmental dimension of water supply … Continue reading Privatization of water – about the abuse of an issue

Lack of public awareness about water and the risk of scarcity

People in Europe aren’t aware of the risk of water scarcity, not  to mention individual or collective engagement in determining equitable and sustainable water allocation! This is one of the main results of the research project “Problematization of Water Supply” as part of an international research collaboration where we seek to identify enabler and barriers of stakeholder engagement related to water supply & scarcity (contact: blog author Franzisca.Weder@aau.at). A peoples survey in Austria analyzed the relationship between individual engagement, use of (social) media and the awareness of the issue of water supply/scarcity; 1000 people were asked in 2014 and the … Continue reading Lack of public awareness about water and the risk of scarcity

About this blog …

this site is meant to build up a communication network about water (quantity), water supply and the risk of scarcity, about stakeholder engagement and activism for equitable water allocation … you will find research data and my conclusions and comments on the issue “water” in the media, on public awareness of water in general and case studies on stakeholder engagement in water and you get connected with other studies, people, organizations and interesting information on water enjoy – and get active! Continue reading About this blog …