10th Hydro-hegemony Conference (HH10)

King’s Water is pleased to co-host the 10th Hydro-hegemony conference (HH10).  This conference will be of interest to those working on transboundary water issues and the politics of water in general.  The conference is open to both academics and practitioners, following the eclectic spirit of the London Water Research Group which has driven the hydro-hegemony conversations for the last decade plus.

Read the conference concept note here, as well as details below.

HH10Conference

The 10th Hydro-hegemony conference (HH10) discusses ‘The Power of Representation & the Representation of Power in Water Conflict and Cooperation’. The conference is co-organised by IHE Delft, Wageningen University & Research, King’s College London, the University of East Anglia, and the London Water Research Group, supported by the City of The Hague, the Netherlands. It will take place on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October 2019 in the Humanity Hub, a venue within easy reach of Den Haag Central Station.

The HH10 conference provides a platform to discuss representation of interests and issues as well as representation through discourses, narratives and images. It will focus on the following two questions:

  • Who and what is (not) represented in transboundary water decision making?
  • How are transboundary water issues (re)presented?

More information can be found in the attached call for papers.

We invite researchers, students and practitioners to address these questions and submit:

  • a proposal for a 90-minute session including speakers with a word limit of 500 words, or
  • an abstract for a 15-20-minute paper presentation with a word limit of 300 words

Young researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

The deadline to submit your proposal or abstract is 31 July via https://forms.gle/q6MYKbzzi85yWk9w7

Participation to the conference is free, but registration is required. Please register here: https://forms.gle/TW1ZEjfEMshpH5RC6

For questions please do not hesitate to email to hydrohegemony10@un-ihe.org.

On behalf of the organisers,

 

Jenniver Sehring, Rozemarijn ter Horst, Emanuele Fantini, Jeroen Warner, Sumit Vij, Naho Mirumachi and Mark Zeitoun

 

King’s Water Annual Lecture 2019! All welcome!

The King’s Water Activity Hub is proud to announce our 2018-2019 Annual Lecture, featuring Dr. Lydia Burgess-Gamble from the Environment Agency. She will be speaking about “Designing a Research Framework for Natural Flood Management”. The Annual Lecture will be held Friday March 29th, between 5 and 6.30pm in the North East Wing of Bush House, 6th floor room 6.05, Department of Geography, King’s College London. A drinks reception will follow.

Abstract

Agency’s flood risk research team. She will talk about how they identify research needs and deliver applied research, filling gaps in policy and practice.

She will talk about her current role where she has developed a Research framework defining high priority areas of research in the field of Natural Flood Management, and how this led to the publishing of a seminal piece of work which summarises the evidence behind Natural Flood Management. This has in turn informed current government policy through the 25 year environment plan and is being used by practitioners implementing NFM schemes.

Lydia will also talk about how the Environment Agency works with Research Councils to steer and inform Research call.

The Flow of Time: Rivers, Geography and the Next Hundred Centuries

A talk with Jonathon Keats, Alex Loftus (King’s College London), Nora Buletti (University of Fribourg). Moderated by Oli Stratford (Disegno)
Rivers are natural calendars, marking the passage of time as they meander, but their rate of meandering is contingent on climate change. Artist and philosopher Jonathon Keats proposes to re-calibrate clocks and calendars based on the long-term meandering of rivers, grounding time in the environmental conditions of our planet. This epic new project, planned for the Ticino River, is merely the latest of Keats’s many immersive encounters with deep time, which have also involved the construction of cameras taking hundred- and thousand-year exposures of the American landscape. Keats will discuss the Calendar of the Meander and his other time-based environmental artworks with river sociologist Nora Buletti and the critical geographer Dr. Alex Loftus, in a public conversation moderated by Disegno editor-in-chief Oli Stratford.
Event details
Tuesday, 20th of November, 18h15-19h45
King’s College, Bush House, South East Wing, Room 1.05

Address: South East Wing, Bush House, 300, Strand, London WC2R 1AE

Environmental Dynamics and King’s Water Hub Joint Events

Everyone is welcome to two panel discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals, organised by King’s Water Hub and the Environmental Dynamics Research Group

Panel 1  SDGs: politics and policy (Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:00 – 6:00pm)
Bush House Lecture Theatre 3 Bush House (North East Wing) 0.01
Paul Steele, IIED  The political economy of the SDGs
Kate Schreckenberg, KCL  SDGs on the ground
Stephen Lintner, KCL The SDG Ocean Agenda
Panel Discussion moderated by Helen Adams

Followed by refreshments in 6.05

Panel 2 Nature, Water and SDGs (Tuesday, November 27, 2018 5:00 – 6:00pm)
Bush House Lecture Theatre 3 Bush House (North East Wing) 0.01 
Jane Catford Water and the SDGs
Mark Mulligan, KCL  Nature’s contributions to meeting the SDGs
Emma Tebbs Earth Observation and the SDGs
Panel Discussion moderated by Kate Schreckenberg

Followed by an undergraduate poster event

First talk of 2018/2019 academic year! Food production and water resources in Brazil

Come join us for the first talk of the academic year, on September 20th at 4pm in room 6.05 in the North East Wing of Bush House!

Lineu N. Rodrigues will give a brief overview of food production and water resources in Brazil, specifically in the Cerrado’s region. The presentation will cover a general idea of agricultural challenges, water resources legislation, irrigation, water use and some irrigation strategies adopted in regions facing water conflicts.

XVI World Water Congress

Four King’s Water doctoral researchers have just completed an interdisciplinary methods experiment in the Yucatan Peninsula. The trip included presentations at the XVI World Water Congress and the formation of a new institutional partnership with CICY, the Centre for the Scientific Study of the Yucatan.

King's Cancun team with CICY students  Continue reading

Upcoming Seminar: Dar Si Hmad at Oxford

PhD researcher Becca Farnum will be speaking with representatives from her Moroccan research partner Dar Si Hmad at ZSL’s Conservation Optimism Summit for Earth Day 2017. While in the UK, the Environmental Youth Ambassadors will be giving an academic seminar at the University of Oxford exploring Fog, Education, and Resilience in Morocco.

Dar Si Hmad is a local NGO promoting sustainable livelihoods in Southwest Morocco. Their innovative fog-harvesting system, which recently won the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award at COP22, supplies rural communities with potable water for household use as well as reforestation and community garden projects. The Environmental Youth Ambassadors programme trains urban youth in journalism and education to bridge the gap between city and countryside. EYAs support the Water School, bringing environmental STEM education to marginalised communities in Ait Baamrane.

fog nets w logoIn this special seminar, representatives from Dar Si Hmad will share the technology of fog-harvesting, highlight local interventions for women’s empowerment and children’s learning, and talk about how this local case study is shaped by and can inform wider narratives of development, water security, and community resilience. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with a model of CloudFisher technology, view short environmental films produced by Moroccan young people, and participate in new videos being created to support the Water School.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fog-education-and-resilience-in-morocco-tickets-33655117362.

Please contact Rebecca Farnum (rebecca.farnum@kcl.ac.uk) with any questions.

Event this Friday: Swamps and Agricultural Drainage

The last Environmental Dynamics Seminar of the year will take place this Friday from 17:15-18:15 in the Pyramid Room (K4U.04).

Dr Stephanie Evers from Liverpool John Moores University will be talking about how tropical peat swamps are being impacted by drainage for agriculture and whether sustainable development of tropical peatlands is possible.

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception in the department. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Friday peatland seminar flyer

Upcoming talk: “Landslides, (Palaeo)Floods, and Tornadoes”

The Department of Geography has recently launched a series of Departmental Talks marking recently completed sabbatical leave. In the second installment, Bruce Malamud will be speaking on “From landslides, (palaeo)floods and tornadoes to hazard interactions”This talk will take place on Tuesday 7th March at 6pm in Room S-2.08, with free drinks served beforehand from 5.15pm in the 4th Floor Geography social space.

A sabbatical is a focussed period to work on existing projects you have not been able to focus on, begin new research, and to apply for grants for future research, so that you have research ‘fat’ that will carry you over during the busy periods of teaching and administration upon return from your sabbatical. Paraphrasing from a meeting with Denise Lievesley (former Dean of SSPP) Bruce Malamud reflects on research undertaken and grants applied for and obtained, during his one year sabbatical (2015/16). Research included work on landslides, palaeofloods, tornadoes, hazard interactions, and invasive alien species, resulting in 6 papers submitted (4 now published/in-press). Grants submitted that were successful included: (i) as lead investigator a £2M NERC/DFID grant ‘LANDSLIP’ on early warning systems of landslides in India (with KCL co-investigators G. Adamson, A. Donovan, M. Pelling), and 2 small grants (£90k PhD studentship on UK hazard interactions with EDF energy, and €4k for a secondary school workshop in Malawi), and (ii) as co-investigator one large and one medium grant. The talk will focus on some of the research worked on during this period, the 4-year grant LANDSLIP in India which was applied for and started Nov. 2016, and some slides from countries visited (often together with other KCL staff members) during his sabbatical year, which included Austria, China, DPRK, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Spain and USA.

 

Event flyer for Bruce Malamud's research talk on 7 March