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LIDC-DTC Seminar Series: What Are the Prospects for Achieving Equal Access to Water?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 15:30 to 17:00
LIDC, Upper Meeting Room (103), 36 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD
Peter Mollinga (LIDC and SOAS) and Adriana Allen (UCL Development Planning Unit)

The fifth seminar in the LIDC-DTC series explored what the prospects are for achieving equal access to water.

Prof Peter Mollinga is Professor of Development Studies at SOAS and interim director of the London International Development Centre (LIDC) since October 2016. His research focuses on the relationship between water and development. It focuses on agricultural water use (irrigation), and its intensifying interlinkage with urban and industrial water use, with a geographical focus in South Asia and Central Asia. Theoretical emphases are on: the cultural political economy of (agricultural) water use, management and governance; the comparative study of the politics of water;
processes of boundary work in the water resources sector.

Prof Adriana Allen is Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, where she leads the DPU Research Cluster on Environmental Justice, Urbanisation and Resilience (EJUR) and teaches in the MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD). Originally trained as urban planner in Argentina, her native country, she specialised over the years in the fields of urban environmental planning and political ecology. She has over 25 years international experience in research and consultancy undertakings in almost 20 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Both as an academic and practitioner, her work focuses on the interface between development and environmental concerns in the urban context of the global south, and more specifically on fostering transformative links between environmental justice and urban sustainability and resilience.