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Podcast S04 Ep1: Split Waters: The Idea of Water Conflicts

13 Jan 2022 0:00

In this episode of Between the Lines, IDS Research Fellow Lyla Mehta interviews Luisa Cortesi and K. J. Joy, editors of the book Split Waters: The Idea of Water Conflicts.

The authors discuss amongst other things; What motivated them to write the book? And what stories of lived experiences were important in developing this book?

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About the editors

Luisa Cortesi is Assistant Professor, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, The Hague, The Netherlands; Marie S. Curie Fellow; Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies Fellow, Freiburg University, Germany; Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, Cornell University, USA. She leads the Water Justice and Adaptation Lab.

K. J. Joy is founding member and Senior Fellow, Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM), Pune, India. He is also a Convener for the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India.

About the interviewer

Professor Lyla Mehta is a Professorial Fellow at IDS. She trained as a sociologist (University of Vienna) and has a PhD in Development Studies (University of Sussex). Her work focuses on water and sanitation, forced displacement and resistance, climate change, scarcity, rights and access, resource grabbing and the politics of environment/ development and sustainability. Her recent project focus on climate change, uncertainty and transformation in marginal environments and off grid sanitation in urban areas.

About the book

The book looks at the existence of the idea of water conflict, and asks what it is and what it produces in how it is used to pursue particular interests and to legitimise specific historical, technological and environmental relations.

Through in-depth case studies from around the globe, this volume investigates this similarity of narration—confronting the power of a single story by taking it seriously instead of dismissing it. In so doing, it invites the reader to rethink water conflicts and how they are commonly understood and managed.

Of interest to scholars and activists alike, this volume is addressed to those involved with environmental conflicts, environmental knowledge and justice, disasters and climate change from the disciplinary angles of environmental anthropology and sociology, political ecology and economy, science and technology studies, human geography and environmental sciences, development and cooperation, public policy and peace studies.

You can purchase the book here.

About Between the Lines

Discussing the latest ideas shaping development.

This podcast series explores books with ideas for positive social and environmental change. Each month we feature a book and an interview with its author. The discussions give an insight on the themes covered in the book, exploring the challenges and discoveries, and why the issues matter for progressive and sustainable development globally.

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