Water: politics and challenges

Within LUCID, research is carried out in relation to water resources and the institutions, actors, structures and policies framing human interactions with and over water.  Research under the theme Water: politics and challenges critically examines current water governance practices and institutions such as, integrated water resource management (IWRM), the single basin approach, and participatory models. Moreover, it explores the conflicting norms and discourses deployed in water governance, such as those related to sustainability and “water for economic growth”, and focuses on power struggles over water use, rights and ownership, inequality in allocation and access to safe water supplies, and the social and environmental impacts of water governance practices. Research is undertaken in geographically diverse locations including South Africa, India and Turkey.


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    • Gabrielsson, S., Brogaard. S., Jerneck. A. (2013) Living without buffers – illustrating climate vulnerability in the Lake Victoria basin. 2013. Sustainability Science, 8:143-157
    • Gupta, Joyeeta, Claudia Pahl-Wostl, and Ruben Zondervan (2013) ‘Glocal’ Water Governance: a Multi-Level Challenge in the Anthropocene. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5 (6) (December): 573–580.
    • Islar, Mine (2013) Private Rivers: Politics of Renewable Energy and the Rise of Water Struggles in Turkey. Lund Dissertations in Sustainability Science Vol 4, Lund University


  • Nastar, M., & Ramasar, V. (2012). Transition in South African water governance: Insights from a perspective on power. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 4, 7-24


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