This report presents a summary of tasks completed as part of the Bureau of Rural Sciences Social Sciences Program contribution to the Water 2010 project. The Water 2010 project is an interdisciplinary cross-Bureau project aimed at addressing the information needed to further develop sound water reform policy in a changing biophysical and social environment in Australia.
By exploring measures of socioeconomic dependency and capacity to manage change, this report focuses on developing methodological tools that can be used at different spatial scales to understand community dependency on water for agriculture and social resilience to changes in access to water.
Specifically the objectives of this report were to:
• Facilitate understanding of the social dynamics of communities whose livelihoods are largely resource-dependent on water for agriculture
• Facilitate understanding of the social capacity to manage and shape processes of structural change in water resource management
• Assess conceptual and methodological approaches used to measure resource dependency and capacity to change
• Identify appropriate measures of community dependency on water for agriculture and social resilience to change in water access
• Calculate indices for spatially qualitative assessments of community dependency on water for agriculture, social resilience to change in water access, and susceptibility of agriculture communities to changes in water use and access at a regional and a national scale.