Practices, social representations of water and changes in behavior

The behavior of individuals with respect to water and aquatic environments is the main focus of this task force. The aim is to characterize water uses and the spaces that depend on it, to grasp their diversity and their determinants. One of the aims of such analyses is to understand the conditions that lead to changes in practices and changes in society’s expectations of water and of associated ecosystems. The reactions to incentives (resistances, incremental vs. radical changes) as well as innovations resulting from opportunities seized by users are investigated.

 

The team will review the research concepts and tools (individual surveys, focus groups, experimentation, microeconomic modeling, etc.) used in different disciplines, and how they can be exploited for research on groundwater (working models for management sciences, social representations of psychosociologists, spatial perceptions and representations of geographers, social learning, etc.).

 

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