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Groundwater and Equity: Exploring barriers to access in the Global South - January 30th, 2018

Groundwater is crucial to ensuring that countries meet the Sustainable Development Goal to “achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all” by 2030. Beyond this simple fact, the reality is that successful groundwater supply requires an understanding of what works, when, why, and for whom. There are also considerable uncertainties related to groundwater quality and quantity that merit special consideration for resource use and governance.

  • Prof. Cleaver and Dr. Whaley presented on their work including questions around the challenges of researching groundwater governance.
  • Prof. Kooy and Dr. Komakech explored the role of groundwater in shaping conditions of equitable access to water supply in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, and reflect on what current conditions of access mean for inequalities within the city and across rural/urban borders.

Health perspectives on water insecurity in the Global South - April 26th, 2018

This webinar explored the close relationship between health and water access. From basic relations connecting access to clean water as a means for preventing illness to more complex concerns about gender related inequality, water is a key determinant for many facets of health and well-being.

  • Prof. Amber Wutich examined the relationship between water insecurity and mental health. Drawing on research in Bolivia, she discussed the relationship between institutions, shame and stigmatization, and emotional distress.
  • Prof. Asher Rosinger examineed extreme weather events, water insecurity, and physical health. Based on research in the Bolivian Amazon, he discussed how a historic flood impacted water quality and water sources, coping strategies, and the risk of dehydration and diarrheal diseases.
  • Prof. Sera Young focused on the lived experiences and consequences of water insecurity during the period of pregnancy and the first two years of life, based on findings from her fieldwork in western Kenya.

All three speakers are members of the HWISE Network--exploring aspects of household water insecurity. Visit their homepage for more information.

Water Justice and the Commons - May 24th 2018

This webinar explored the relationship between the commons and water justice. The conventional theory of the commons has been criticized for not paying enough attention to how historically-shaped patterns of power and conflict context shape the access to and use of resources. Our speakers will explore how the scholarship of water justice can help move the theory of the commons forward by scrutinizing how, beyond the large, visible injustices, there are also many “hidden” water world injustices, subtly masked as “rational,” “equitable,” and “democratic.”

Speakers included: Tom Perreault (Maxwell School, Syracuse University), Bibiana Duarte and Rutgerd Boelens (Wageningen U and CEDLA/U. of Amsterdam), Joan Martinez Alier (ICTA-UAB), Gisselle Vila (PUPC), Daniela del Bene (ICTA-UAB), Sergio Villamayor-Tomas (ICTA-UAB), Fabio de Castro (CEDLA/U. of Amsterdam), Jeroen Vos (Wageningen University)

This 3 hour event feature a number of different sections. These include;

  • First, the editors of the multi-author “Water Justice” book published by Cambridge University Press and the Justicia Hídrica / Water Justice Alliance.
  • Second, a series of individual presentations on cutting edge topics associated to water justice and the commons.
  • Third, a discussion about ways to move forward in the interface between these two research strands.


**For Powerpoint slides of the webinar presentations, please contact internationalwatersubc@gmail.com