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The Wonder of Water

Lived Experience, Policy, and Practice

Edited by: Ingrid Leman Stefanovic

Judgment calls, values, and perceptions often implicitly affect decisions around water policies and programs. This book explores how embodied, lived experience informs such values and impacts policy and practice around water issues in critical ways.

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StefanovicIngrid Leman:

Ingrid Leman Stefanovic is Dean of the Faculty of Environment and professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. She is also a professor emerita in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.


Rachel Jagareski:

"The thought-provoking and scholarly chapters of The Wonder of Water reframe how we think about water. This interdisciplinary collection examines the developing field of water ethics, with ideas about realigning human relationships with water and the natural landscape."

Ted Relph, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto:

"Using water as a lens for explicating the complexity of environmental experience, The Wonder of Water goes further than any other book in demonstrating how phenomenological methods might inform environmental management."

David Seamon, Department of Architecture, Kansas State University:

"Contributors demonstrate how a more comprehensive, engaged knowledge of and responsibility for water can guide water restoration and propel sustainable environmental and landscape design and policy."

Michael Smith, Department of Philosophy, Queen’s University:

"The Wonder of Water deploys an explicitly phenomenological approach to water, making links between environmental case studies, policy, and personal experience."

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;