King’s Water hosted a workshop on 28 Oct 2015 to develop synergies and networks with internal and external institutions. This interdisciplinary workshop was designed to explore potential questions, topics and themes that might bring together colleagues and to start new conversations and pilot projects. The workshop also included a session for PhD students to brainstorm ideas to complement their ongoing research.
The event offered an opportunity for Masters, PhD, Post-docs and staff to get together. A short proceedings of the workshop will follow shortly.
Rebecca Peters is a 2014 Marshall Scholar currently a Water Science and Governance MSc candidate with King’s Water. She recently completed an MSc in Poverty and Economic Development at the University of Manchester focused on land use change, water governance, and irrigated agriculture in South Africa. Her previous research in Bolivia and Mexico as a Berkeley Law Human Rights Fellow and Blum Center for Developing Economies Fellow included peri-urban water access and rural sanitation issues. Here, Rebecca reflects on her experience at HH8 facilitating a human rights negotiation simulation.
Nearly one hundred practitioners, researchers, students, and activists gathered at King’s College London 24-25 October 2015 to consider the relation between law and hegemony in a critical and creative atmosphere. King’s Water hosted the Eighth International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony, “HH8: Law & Hydro-Hegemony”, this past weekend. The event was run as an interactive, participant-led workshop of collaborative learning rather than a traditional academic conference. Participatory small and large group discussions, practical simulations, and teaching sessions explored the following questions:
- How does the way international law is made help or hinder its use as a counter-hegemonic tool?
- How should law confront hydro-hegemony and power inequalities?
- How should law and activism approach issues of state sovereignty in hydro-hegemonic systems?
- How does law serve as both a liberating tool of justice and an oppressive instrument of hegemony?
- Can international law change, either in content or structure, to become more effective in countering harmful hydro-hegemonic realities? If so, how?
- What is the role of international law in governing potentially hegemonic virtual water trades?
- How can international law influence water resources distribution in aquifers and basins?
- How might human rights discourses and systems help to redress hydro-hegemonic realities?
King’s Water Student Rebecca Peters facilitates a negotiation simulation on human rights claims and dams in the Mekong River Basin
PhD Researcher Steph Hawkins from the University of Strathclyde introduces HH8 with a theoretical overview of the hegemonic structure of international law
Students, staff, and practitioners gathered at King’s this weekend to learn from each other around issues of water, power, and law
The Hydro-Hegemony Workshops were founded by the University of East Anglia’s Mark Zeitoun and King’s Water’s own Naho Mirumachi. HH8 was led by King’s Water PhD researcher Becca Farnum along with Steph Hawkins and Mia Tamarin of the London Water Research Group.
For more about the conference, including a concept paper on “The Role of International Law in Hydro-Hegemonic Arrangements“, visit https://lwrg.wordpress.com/news/events/hh8/.
King’s Water recently welcomed a new post-doctoral research fellow with the support of the Marie Curie Skłodowska actions – Research Fellowship Programme. Maria Rusca previously taught at our partner institution UNESCO-IHE. Maria brings to King’s expertise in urban water governance and sanitation focused on southern and central Africa.
King’s Water PhD Student Becca Farnum gave a lunchtime seminar for the Intrepid Explorers group today. Undergraduates, postgraduate students and researchers, and staff came out to hear about Becca’s time scuba diving in Kuwait and working with hydro-diplomacy activists in Israel and Palestine.
Join King’s Water and the Department of Geography this Wednesday for an exciting, story-focused Human Geography Research Seminar.
Sarah Dry, independent scholar and science writer, will share recent research from a popular book-in-progress on the past 150 years of scientific studies of water and the global climate. She’ll discuss the lives of scientists such as John Tyndall, Charles Piazzi Smyth and Gilbert Walker in relation to their work on glaciers, water vapour, and monsoons. Full of vivid detail, biography is a compellingly readable form but it is often associated with misleadingly heroic narratives of scientific progress. Is biography suited to telling a nuanced history of evolving global concepts of climate? What might a climate-oriented biography of water look like?
Sarah Dry is an award-winning writer and historian of science. She is the author of The Newton Papers: The Strange and True Odyssey of Isaac Newton’s Manuscripts (OUP, 2014), co-editor of Epidemics: Science, Governance and Social Justice (Earthscan, 2010) and Curie: A Life (Haus, 2004).
This event is free and open to the public. Join us in the King’s Geography Pyramid Room, Strand Campus King’s Building Room KU4.12, from 4:30-6pm this Wednesday 14 October 2015.