Naho Mirumachi on “Reinventing Peace”

Dr Naho Mirumachi was invited last month to a workshop at Tufts University to speak about water and security.  The meeting was hosted by the World Peace Foundation, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy and Water Diplomacy Program, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a summary of the public panel session can be found here.

Following the workshop, Naho wrote an article titled ‘Wicked problems, messy analysis, clumsy solutions? What we need to think about when we talk about water cooperation‘ for the World Peace Foundation’s blog, “Reinventing Peace”.



“The Water We Eat”

King's Water researchers publish new edited volume on virtual water & food security

King’s Water researchers publish new edited volume on virtual water, food security, & water footprinting

King’s Water researchers Marta Antonelli and Francesca Greco have published a new edited on virtual water, food security, and water footprinting with Springer Water.

The book includes a chapter from King’s Professor Tony Allan on “Water and Food Security: Food-water and Food Supply Value Chains”.

From the book publisher’s description: “This book pursues a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach in order to analyze the relationship between water and food security. It demonstrates that most of the world’s economies lack sufficient water resources to secure their populations’ food requirements and are thus virtual importers of water. One of the most inspiring cases, which this book is rooted in, is Italy: the third largest net virtual water importer on earth. The book also shows that the sustainability of water depends on the extent to which societies recognize and take into account its value and contribution to agricultural production. Due to the large volumes of water required for food production, water and food security are in fact inextricably linked. Contributions from leading international experts and scholars in the field use the concepts of virtual water and water footprints to explain this relationship, with an eye to the empirical examples of wine, tomato and pasta production in Italy. This book provides a valuable resource for all researchers, professionals, policymakers and everyone else interested in water and food security.”

To read more and buy the book, visit

Drought and Social Division

PhD Researcher Becca Farnum recently reflected on the California Drought and social conflicts, cooperation, and peacebuilding amidst resource scarcity as a guest writer for The Society Pages, an open-acces social science project headquartered in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota bringing social science to broader public visibility and influence.

With co-author Evan Stewart, Farnum asserts that “California is facing record drought, water restrictions, and threats of wildfires. The solution seems simple—just find more water through increased pumping or desalination—but these quick fixes ignore deeper questions about how we turn public necessities into commodities and determine who can lay claim to natural resources. These issues can lead to cultural conflict, but struggles for water can also renew solidarity across different social groups.”

Read the rest at The Society Page’s post.