Back to Italy for the Marie Curie IOF return phase I’ve been busy working on the social and hydrogeochemical data related to the Grombalia basin case study.
One of the focuses of my current activity is therefore to provide evidence of the usefulness of the socio-hydrogeological approach by combining the information retrieved during the Social Network Analysis and Public Engagement with the geochemical data.
Indeed, both the social activities have been really useful in terms of:
- gaining a better understanding of the connections and power relations among the concerned stakeholders;
- starting a dialogue with groundwater end-users, who often feel neglected by the institutions and somehow “victim” of top-down water management approaches (that do not take into account their issues and needs);
- contributing to science demystification with information sharing and result disseminations initiatives performed directly during the field works.
All these are already some quite important reasons supporting the need to perform integrated socio-hydrogeological investigations. However, I think demonstrating that retrieved information could provide useful insights also for the hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical investigation might convince even the most sceptical hydros, somehow still reticent to such integrated approach.
The work is really promising, and I hope to be able to publish it soon. In the meanwhile I would be really curious to read your opinion about the integration of social and hydrogeological sciences. Do you believe as well that it can be really helpful for promoting new science-based management approaches? Have you ever worked in this field and feel like sharing your experience?