Water Resources | Science-Policy
Wheeler Insitute for Water Law & Policy | UC Berkeley
Michael Kiparsky

In addition to applied work on science integration in water policy-making, I have explored in academic settings what social science theory can bring to complex policy questions through case studies of successes and challenges.


Collaborative governance in the Bay-Delta, California


I co-edited (with Giorgos Kallis and Dick Norgaard) a Special Issue of Environmental Science and Policy on collaborative governance and adaptive management in the CALFED Bay-Delta Program. We brought together a multi-disciplinary, multi-perspective group of top researchers to report on lessons learned from one of the most ambitious management experiments of its kind to date. We also invited practitioners to weigh in on the academic contributions and 'keep it real'. Read the eight original articles and four commentaries here, or contact me for copies.

Climate change and water policy

Adaptation to climate change will require policy decisions among a suite of other actions. I represented the Pacific Institute in the efforts of the California Department of Water Resources to write the first chapter on climate change in a major water plannig document in California. I also collaborated with Dr. Peter Gleick on research on climate integration.



Giorgos Kallis, Michael Kiparsky, and Richard Norgaard. 2009. “Collaborative governance and adaptive management: Lessons from California's CALFED water program.” Environmental Science and Policy 12(6): 641-643. Special Issue, G. Kallis, M. Kiparsky and R. Norgaard, Eds.

Richard Norgaard, Giorgos Kallis, and Michael Kiparsky. 2009. “Collectively engaging complex socio-ecological systems: re-envisioning science, governance, and the California Delta.” Environmental Science and Policy 12(6): 644-652. Special Issue, G. Kallis, M. Kiparsky and R. Norgaard, Eds.

Michael Kiparsky and Peter H. Gleick. 2004. “Climate Change and California Water Resources.” In Peter H. Gleick and others, The World's Water 2004-2005. Washington, Island Press. pp. 157-188.