Changing political economies in large river basins: Environment, pressuresEnvironment, values and systemic pressures


April 28, 2021    
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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Webinar 1: Setting the scene – a chaotic landscapefor valuing water

The ever-present relationship between large river basins and development has been a feature ofglobal political economy for hundreds of years. A recognizable ‘water crisis’ narrative emerged inthe last few decades of the 20th Century, which shifted attention to improving water governanceand considering systems interconnectedness – a concept epitomised, perhaps, in the water-energy-food nexus advocated in policy circles and key global water events. Yet these relativelytechnocratic narratives have sat somewhat uneasily alongside wider discourse on values, thepolitics of contestation, everyday struggles over water and, increasingly, the actions taken up todeal with climate change.

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