Taking some time off from his particpation in the WEF Academy Dr. Louis Lebel joined a lively discussion with the WaterPower Team. He talked about his own ideas and how they have developed over time. He also stressed the importance of "problem focused research" and the inclusion of stakeholders and policymakers as key components of research design. Louis Lebel has been at Chiang Mai University since 1999 and began working in Thailand since 1991. He has on-going research interests in ecology, epidemiology and public health, political science, climate change and environmental governance. He has led several multi-centre comparative studies and contributed significantly to several long-lasting research networks in the Southeast Asia region.