Dr. Jeffrey Wade

Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher
Field of Specialization: Law
Name: Dr. Jeffrey Wade  
Official Address: Environmental Studies Division, Center for
Governmental Responsibility, College of Law,
University of Florida,
Gainesville, Florida
Indian Host Institution: Gujarat University
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Duration of Grant & Start Date : Duration: 4 months
January 2012

Brief Bio:
Dr. Jeffrey Wade holds a B.A. from University of Alabama; M.E.d from University of Florida; and J.D. from University of Florida College of Law. Currently he is the Director of the environmental studies division, University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Dr. Wade directs the yearly, one-week "Program in American Law for Brazilian Judges and Prosecutors." He was principal investigator for "Sustainable Development in Brazil: Empowering Non-Governmental Organizations," which produced legal/policy manuals and conferences to assist environmental and social rights organizations; and the "Everglades/Pantanal Exchange and Technical Training Program," providing training seminars and internships for technicians and policymakers from the Pantanal wetland region of Brazil. He directed a project resulting in a framework for comparative analyses of watersheds, and applying this framework to the Pantanal and Florida's Everglades. He conducted a two-day seminar on American law and jurisprudence, with UF law faculty, to a group of 200 judges and prosecutors in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Dr. Wade's research interests include water management and governance, urban sustainability, wetlands regulation, coastal resources management, hurricane mitigation and redevelopment policy. Wade has conducted studies of water policy issues in Florida, a guide for the development of groundwater protection programs, and a report to the Department of Environmental Protection concerning Florida's progress in establishing minimum flows and levels for environmental purposes.

As a Fulbright-Nehru fellow Dr. Wade will study the interaction between formal legal/administrative structures for water governance in Gujarat and the more informal, community-based strategies that emphasize local knowledge and institutions in the development and implementation of policy. His working premises have tactics value, and it can be successfully integrated for use in creating sustainable water governance frameworks in developing countries. He would also like to analyze the strengths and weaknesses inherent in each approach and suggest potential ways of combining them in ways that maximize their effectiveness and efficiency. He also intends to establish professional relationships and develop proposals for additional collaborative research and exchange.