Integrated water management is a wicked public policy problem with no clear path to resolution. Collective network governance and the New Public Governance (NPG) movement may be of value in addressing the wicked water problem. This presentation is based on an in-depth qualitative comparative analysis of two collaborative governance processes created to tackle complex water problems in New Zealand and Oregon, USA. Both cases convened a wide range of state and non-state actors in efforts to find common ground, build consensus for change, and develop innovative water policy solutions.
Participants of this webinar can expect to hear:
- What are network governance (NG) and New Public Governance (NPG) and how do they relate to integrated water management?
- What factors determine success in using NG and NPG in addressing wicked water problems?
- What lessons do the New Zealand and Oregon experiences offer vis-a-vis integrated water management?
Jackie Dingfelder, PhD
Senior Fellow, Center for Public Service, Hatfield School of Government
Portland State University
A public policy leader, Jackie Dingfelder has had a hand in most of Oregon’s recent landmark environmental policy reforms. She brings judgment born of three decades environmental consulting, an academic’s access to new insights, and an elected official’s leadership abilities. She earned her PhD from PSU’s Hatfield School of Government in 2017 after serving as a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand. As senior advisor to Mayor Charlie Hales, she led on Portland’s 2035 Comprehensive Land Use Plan and award-winning 2015 Climate Action Plan. Elected to office five times, she achieved numerous significant environmental and public interest policy reforms during 13 years as an Oregon legislator. She has directed two environmental non-profits and served as a planning and policy consultant for over 20 years. A lifelong community volunteer, she co-chaired the Cleaner Air Oregon Rules Advisory Committee and served on many other key boards and tasks forces. She has won numerous awards for leadership including Oregon League of Conservations Voter’s 2011 ‘Environmental Legislator of the Year’.