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Transcending Boundaries

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Award Year: 
2016
Principal Investigator: 
Alexander Metzger, University of Massachussetts Boston
Jason Walters, University of Idaho

Transboundary collaborations related to international freshwater resources play an integral role in society as they establish collaboration and shared access to our planet’s most fundamental resources. Use of maps, diagrams, and other visual elements, classified as boundary objects, are used in resulting management documents to convey understandings and allow discussion about challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives. Despite their ubiquitous presence in transboundary water management documents and potential for improving decision-making and stakeholder inclusion, research-informed guidelines for selecting and using boundary objects do not yet exist. This Pursuit will address this gap through a transdisciplinary synthesis study of boundary objects used in an internationally diverse sample of these agreements.

Participants: 
Bethany Laursen, Michigan State University
William Baltutis, University of Victoria
Kakali Chakrabarti, Washington State University
Shana Hirsch, University of Idaho