Globalisation involves complex shifts in the world’s social, political and economic paradigms destined to unhinge consolidated transnational relations and to lay the groundwork for future governance scenarios. A multidisciplinary approach, including the sociological, economic, anthropological, political and technological dimensions, is needed to fully comprehend the complexity and interdependence of these changes. FEEM’s “Economy and Society” Series aims at stimulating and disseminating novel perspectives to interpret the multiple cultural, economic and geostrategic challenges ahead. Capitalising on the international lectures of the Research Programme “Economy and Society”, each volume will propose a different topic, opening the debate to a variety of interpretations and providing the scientific community, decision makers and civil society with the latest theoretical insights in view of a new planetary governance.


Current research on world water resources shows that topics such as demographic trends, energy development and needs, water-energy nexus, climate change and water geostrategic challenges are strictly interconnected. To reflect on this timely and urgent topic, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Politecnico di Milano and Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca on 14th January 2015 organised an international Conference on “Water and Development” as part of the initiatives for the World Water Day. In this booklet, we present Mr. Michel Camdessus’ and Prof. Giulio Sapelli’s contributions to the debate.

ISBN Number 9788890991882

FEEM Press, Economy and Society Series, 5/2015