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Dr Michael Pollitt, Cambridge Judge Business School: Markets for water

Themes: Globalisation and international business

Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for International Business and Management (CIBAM) symposium on ‘Securing Food and Water’ attracted views from business leaders, academics, politicians, civil servants, diplomats and NGOs who shared their ideas on how to ensure that future generations have sustainable and resilient access to food and water.

Dr Michael Pollitt, Reader in Business Economics at Cambridge Judge Business School, explores the scope for the establishment of competitive water markets to allow water to be traded across traditional water utility service area boundaries, paralleling developments in the electricity industry. But, he warns, this will require regulation.