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  • Ever wondered what governance is? Or who are your stakeholders, and what is the difference between organisation and institution? How does legislation affect water engineering? Or how this all is related to politics?

    Welcome to Water & Governance course! The course is organised fully remotely: for details, see online practicalities sub-page (available for registered students). 

    Please note that the course starts on TUESDAY 12.1. at 9.00 sharp : attending this Contact Session confirms your attendance in the course. For instructions on how to join the virtual contact sessions as well as on general online platforms, see Online practicalities sub-page (visible only for registered students) as well as the figure below. 

    The course is part of our Master's Programme in Water and Environmental Engineering (WAT), and it provides you with an in-depth introduction to broad issue of governance in relation to water management. The course combines the theory of key elements of water governance (introduced through Contact Sessions) with practical case studies, focusing on different governance contexts (presented during Case Study Sessions).

    The course sessions are on Tuesday mornings (9.00-12) and Thursday mornings (9.00-12) during Period III in Zoom or Teams (see separate Sessions Reading Circles + Online practicalities sub-pages for more). Note that the sessions start at 9.00 sharp! Selected Tuesday mornings from 9 to 10 are reserved for preparatory Reading Circle meetings in group's Teams sub-channel. For more information, see 'Sessions & Reading Circles' sub-page on left. 

    The responsible teacher for the course is Associate Professor Marko Keskinen, with Mia Pihlajamäki working as Course Coordinator and Lauri Ahopelto as Course Mentor. In addition, we'll have a wonderful set of experts as our visiting lecturers. 

    You can send questions about the course to course email: wat-e2080 (at) 

    Welcome to the course!