Water is a key component of critical ecosystems, a marketable commodity, a foundation of local communities and cultures, and a powerful means of social control. It has become a source of contentious politics and social controversy on a global scale, and the management of water conflicts is one of the biggest challenges in the effort to achieve effective global environmental policy. Professor Ken Conca has dedicated much of his research to the complexities of water governance and management, particularly in cross-border and post-conflict contexts.
Professor Malini Ranganathan focuses on water and land as lenses into the political dimensions of urban environmental change. Specifically, she studies how urban land and the waters that flow through it are ruled, accessed, and contested at key historic moments.
"Decoupling Water and Violent Conflict," Issues in Science and Technology, Vol. 29, no. 1 (2012).
Dr. Malini Ranganathan, Assistant Professor
"Rethinking Urban Water Informality," in K. Conca and E. Weinthal, eds., Oxford Handbook on Water Politics and Policy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
"Thinking with Flint: Racial Liberalism and the Roots of an American Water Tragedy," Capitalism Nature Socialism, Vol. 27, no. 3 (2016).
"Water Marginalization at the Urban Fringe: Environmental Justice and Urban Political Ecology Across the North-South Divide," Urban Geography, Vol. 36, no. 3 (2015).
"Hydraulic Politics in/beyond the World-Class City," in L. Bjorkman, ed., Pipe Politics, Contested Waters: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai (Duke University Press, 2015). Review forum with A. Barry et al.
"Paying for Water, Claiming Citizenship: Political Agency and Water Reforms at the Urban Periphery," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 38, no. 2 (2014).