Infrastructure, finance and the reworking of water-sanitation hydroscapes

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM (MDT)
Room: Rampart, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Trevor Birkenholtz
Chairs: Trevor Birkenholtz


Big infrastructure is making a comeback. Policymakers, as well as private interests around the world are promoting the construction of new, and often large-scale, water and sanitation infrastructure. The endorsement of these projects often relies on discourses affirming the urgent need to address diverse, contemporary hydrosocial imbroglios including, the energy-water-sanitation nexus, water scarcity as well as flooding, and inter-state conflicts over water allocations. This session gathers a series of papers that critically examine the politics surrounding these efforts. Specifically, we are interested in interrogating the conditions under which infrastructural solutions emerge as a particular form of territorial “fix”, which are then often financialized (re)producing unintended (but foreseeable) tensions between the existing problems they are meant to alleviate. In interrogating these new infrastructural entanglements, the session will reflect on the degree to which they produce new “hydroscapes” that both rework the nonhuman landscape but also reconfigure multiscalar democratic politics.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jessica Budds*, , Jack Morris, University of East Anglia, Hydropower Development and Water Governance: The Production of Hydroscapes in India 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Emma Colven*, University of California, Los Angeles, The Politics of Flood Mitigation in Jakarta: Contesting Technical Fixes, Imagining Alternative Urban Ecologies 20 3:00 PM
Presenter Eric Perramond*, Colorado College, Visible and Invisible Water Infrastructure in the American West 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Alex Loftus*, King's College London, Hug March, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Integrating what and for whom? Financialisation and the Thames Tideway Tunnel 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Leila Harris*, University of British Columbia, Infrastructures of Injustice: Retheorizing democracy 20 4:00 PM

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