Water Law Research Group

01.08.2014 -

Water law research at the international, EU and national level. Cross-cutting themes include sustainable use and protection of water resources, water quality, floods, fisheries, integrated water resources management, international water cooperation, and water-energy-food nexus. Adaptive law and resilience thinking form the theoretical framework of the research group.

The research group investigates water law and the related socio-ecological problems in collaboration with several interdisciplinary research projects. Currently, the group is involved in two research projects funded by the Strategic Research Council of Finland. The first project (Winland) focuses on water, energy and food security, and the second (Blue Adapt) on adaptive governance as a mechanism for sustainable blue growth. In addition, the group has an ongoing project funded by the Finnish Government (VesiPoke). The project investigates derogations from the environmental objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive. The research group has also lately prepared a report for the World Bank on the Finnish-Russian transboundary water cooperation.