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Water Politics & Governance

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.

Professor Ken Conca

Dr. Ken Conca, Professor

"Ken Conca on the Good, Bad, and Ugly of Water Conflict and Cooperation." Podcast: New Security Beat, Woodrow Wilson Center (March 24, 2017).

Oxford Handbook of Water Politics and Policy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017). Co-edited with E. Weinthal.

"Five Focal Points for US Global Water Strategy." Blog Post: New Security Beat, Woodrow Wilson Center (November 3, 2016).

"Which risks get managed? Addressing climate effects in the context of evolving water-governance institutions," Water Alternatives, Vol. 8, no. 3 (2015).

The Rise of Hydro-Diplomacy: Strengthening Foreign Policy for Transboundary Waters (Berlin: Adelphi Research and Federal Foreign Office, 2014). Co-authored with B. Pohl, A. Carius et al.

"Decoupling Water and Violent Conflict," Issues in Science and Technology, Vol. 29, no. 1 (2012).

Professor Malini Ranganathan

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).