WaterPower’s handbook is now available for free public download!
Urban Water Management - A Critical Handbook presents the ongoing research of the WaterPower research group. With this comprehensive handbook, we aim to address practitioners, students, academics, policy makers and civil society organizations interested in exploring the socially relevant aspects of urban water research. We want to encourage a dialogue between the technical and social disciplines and focus on advancing critical perspectives on water access not only within academia, but also in policy and practice.
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Our students invite to their exhibition on the Ghana field trip of last summer. The photos will be on display from the 28th of January until the 1st of February in the hall of Sparkasse Trier at Viehmarkt, Trier. The students will discuss topics like urbanism, contested spaces and resources during the vernissage at 6 pm at the 28th of January with anyone who can come around.
15-17 July 2019 at Trier University
Save the date! Bringing together five years of WaterPower’s research across diverse sub-fields in Geography (environmental governance, development geography and urban geography), the symposium provides a forum to present our findings on the political ecologies of Accra’s waterscape.
Moving on from questions of socio-ecological inequality, access to and governance of water and exposure to environmental risks the symposium also addresses implications for an achievement of sustainable urban development pathways in the context of global agendas like the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.
We invite scientists that do research in the field of human-environment geographies to contribute to the symposium and share their research on sustainable urban futures and transformative governance.
Further information will follow soon.
The Governance and Sustainability Lab and in particular the members of the WaterPower research group welcomed Prof. Christopher Gordon of the University of Ghana at Trier University. Prof. Gordon is the former Director of the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), the main partner of the WaterPower project.
During his one-week research stay at the Governance and Sustainability Lab (15 - 21 October 2018) Prof. Gordon led internal workshops and participated in various meetings. In addition to that, he gave an inspiring lecture on “Charity at home: The University and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals", which was open to the public.
The Lab is grateful for the visit of Prof. Gordon and the long lasting partnership with the IESS.
This summer Maria Kondra had the exciting opportunity to visit Accra twice. The first visit was linked to the WABES workshop which gave her a chance to get to know the project and meet biodiversity and ecosystem services experts from West Africa. For more information, please visit the WABES website (https://wabes.org/en/expert-network/workshops/workshop-2018/) and Ghana News Agency (http://www.ghananewsagency.org/science/experts-from-west-africa-discuss-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services-134373).
On 16th of July, after attending two conferences, Maria returned to Accra to continue her fieldwork for two months. The data collection started in Sakumono lagoon (in Tema) where she first met the key-informants with whom she already established good contacts during her previous fieldworks. However, she also interviewed fishermen and fishmongers, did group discussions with farmers and followed the everyday life of one the Forestry Commission officers. After a short trip to Cape Coast, where she visited the Centre for Coastal Management, Maria returned back to her second case study called Tsokomey, located in the Densu delta. In this case study, she mainly worked with fisher women who are harvesting oysters and employ sustainable community based management strategies.
Source: Maria Kondra
Water and Energy are critical for human well-being and sustainable development therefore they play a key role within the Sustainable Development Goal process. The workshop currently starting in Accra, under the theme The role of Water-Energy interlinkages in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was formed in cooperation between the Governance and Sustainability Lab, Trier University and the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana. It brings together scientist and practitioners to discuss the synergies and interlinkages between the SDG´s 6 and 7, which focus on water and energy. Therefore, the workshop is designed as a participant led workshop and aims at bringing together stakeholders who may be focused on separate sectors and SDGs into dialogue with one another. The 30 participants do not share the same professional background but come from different spheres as the ministry, industry or NGOs. In order to simplify the interdependencies between the SDGs, the workshop is based on a “nexus” approach, focusing on water and energy within the nexus.
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Source: Prosper Adiku, ASSAR Project/IESS, University of Ghana
The Governance and Sustainability Lab at Trier University was proud to host its first Summer University entitled "Decolonizing Urbanism: Transformative Perspectives" during the week from June 6th - June 12th, 2017. Fifteen advanced doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from around the world traveled to Trier for a week of lectures, discussion sessions, excursions, and other activities. Our keynote speakers included:
Via the formats of lecture, film, discussion and performance, we considered global and regional understandings of colonial contexts as well as the persistence of metropolitan coloniality within Europe and beyond. We came to see world immigration patterns defined by colonialism and especially racism as the primordial matrix for world order. We thought critically about the coproduction of knowledge in this context and the need for deep forms of participation. We also considered new innovations in urban planning approaches, such as the “hyper-diversity” method for rethinking the mix of uses in urban neighborhoods. In the end, our nascent conceptualization of decolonizing urbanism spanned a range of linkages between knowledge, space and power.
As the week drew to a close, participants organized themselves around a number of further projects and research, from traditional co-authored paper groups to syllabus work and the establishment of a network of scholars committed to decolonizing urbanism.
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