Governance, Rights, and Justice in Water: New Ideas and Realities

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Maurepas, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Farhana Sultana, Alex Loftus
Chairs: Farhana Sultana


The scholarship on the right to water and struggles to realize that right have proliferated in interesting and unexpected ways in recent years. Through a highly productive set of conversations, the discourses and struggles around the right to water have: opened new perspectives and possibilities in water governance; fostered new collective and moral claims for water justice; and effected changes in laws and policies around the world. In light of the 2010 UN ratification on the human right to water and sanitation, shifts have taken place in policy, legal frameworks, local implementation, as well as in national dialogues. The novel ways in which the right to water has been taken up in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia point to the enduring appeal and material politics that are enabled and negotiated through this framework. There is an urgent need to take stock on debates in light of new concerns around post-neoliberal political developments, the challenges of the Anthropocene and climate change, the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that had applied to the global South to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that apply globally, as well as the unexpected mobilizations around the right to water in the global North. Indeed, SDG goal #6 articulates that there must be universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030. It is thus important to broaden existing scholarship and policy on water governance and the right to water globally in order to critically shed light on the pathways, pitfalls, prospects, and constraints that exist in achieving such lofty global goals. This session brings together some papers that discuss these issues.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter David McDonald*, Queen's University, Remunicipalization and the Right to Water 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Raul Pacheco-Vega*, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economica (CIDE), Implementing the human right to water in the context of increasing bottled water consumption: Governing at the intersection of water justice, rights, and ethics 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Christiana Zenner Peppard*, Fordham University, Turning to Traditions: Cultural-Religious Articulations of Water's Value(s) in Struggles for Justice 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Amber Wutich*, , Wendy Jepson, Texas A&M University, A Relational Approach to Water and Justice 20 2:20 PM
Presenter Jamie Linton*, Fondation Partenaraile de l'Université de Limoges, FLSH, The right to water, The right of water 20 2:40 PM

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