Rhett B. Larson
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About Rhett B. Larson
Rhett Larson is the Richard Morrison Professor of Water Law at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and Senior Research Fellow at the Kyl Center for Water Policy. His research focuses on international and domestic water law and policy. Larson received his Doctor of Law from the University of Chicago Law School and his Masters of Science in Water Science, Policy, and Management from the University of Oxford. He has represented and consulted a variety of clients in water rights disputes and transactions, and has worked on water development projects all over the world. Larson was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador, a PLuS Alliance Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and a Lady Davis Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Books By Rhett B. Larson
Scientists have long been searching for a unified field theory--one answer to all of the questions about the physical universe. In this book, Rhett Larson takes a similar approach to social policy questions. What if we could find a unified social policy theory--the answer to every question from how to prevent war to how to promote gender equality? Most of our most serious global challenges are complex, multi-faceted "wicked problems." But perhaps the first step in solving wicked problems as seemingly distinct as racism and disease epidemics is the same: reform our laws, policies, and priorities to achieve global water security. Global water security means reasonable access for all people to water of acceptable quantity and quality with acceptable costs and risks. Just as the essential element to all life is water, so water is the essential element to solving life's challenges. Virtually every major social challenge--including gender inequality, racial discrimination, terrorism, space exploration, global disease epidemics, mass migrations, and climate change--has a significant and underappreciated water component. Each chapter of this book takes up one of these wicked problems, illustrates the role water plays in that problem, and proposes reforms to address the water aspect of that problem, with the aim of achieving global water security. The goal of this this book is to convince the reader that the answer, or at least one part of the answer, to our most serious problems is the oft-repeated catchphrase: "Just add water."
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