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Water and Sustainability

Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies LUCSUS

Within Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies LUCSUS, research is carried out in relation to water resources and the institutions, actors, structures and policies framing human interactions with and over water.  Our research critically examines current water governance practices and institutions such as; integrated water resource management (IWRM), the single basin approach, and participatory models. Moreover, it explores the conflicting norms and discourses deployed in water governance, such as those related to sustainability and “water for economic growth”, and focuses on power struggles over water use, rights and ownership, inequality in allocation and access to safe water supplies, and the social and environmental impacts of water governance practices. Research is undertaken in geographically diverse locations including Colombia, India, Iran, Nepal, South Africa, Turkey, USA and Sweden.

LUCSUS and the project ”Tänk H2O!”

LUCSUS is involved in the long term educational project ”Tänk H2O!”. In this project Sydvatten offers high school teachers and their students a two-day course with water in focus at lake Bolmen. Sydvatten is responsible for the drinking water supply to 900 000 people in the south of Sweden and lake Bolmen is the most important drinking water resource. Staff at LUCSUS are engaged in the planning, implementation and teaching. In 2018, a total of around 900 students participated in this transdisciplinary water class.

Maryam Nastar

Research Interests

  • Social and political aspects of sustainability transitions
  • Development and application of analytical frameworks and tools to explore sustainability challenges
  • Water governance and institutions in urban areas
  • Social and environmental implications of heatwaves, unequal water allocation and access, urban development plans and politics of sustainability initiatives
  • Resource mobilization, practices of citizenship and social movements

Current Research

  • 2017 - 2020: Post-Doc Project: “When waves of heat and inequality meet” funded by Lund University Centre of Excellence for Integration of Social and Natural Dimensions of Sustainability, LUCID (Linnaeus Grant, FORMAS)
  • 2015 - 2019: T-GroUp Project “Experimenting with practical transition groundwater management strategies for the urban poor in Sub Saharan Africa”, one of UPGro consortium projects funded by DFID, NERC and ESRC

Affiliations 

  • Universitas 21, through organizing research activities of the “Urban Water Governance” theme of U21 Water Futures for Sustainable Cities (WFSC) project, aligns with the strategic priorities of Universitas 21, an international network of 23 leading research-intensive universities in fifteen countries 2011-2014.
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Contact:
E-mail:
maryam.nastar@LUCSUS.lu.se
Phone: +46 46 222 16 90
Mobile: +46 76 233 47 15

Mine Islar

Research Areas:

Energy Justice and Sustainability of Energy Systems, Water and Energy Governance, Social Movements and Collective Action, Degrowth, Migration

Vasna Ramasar

Current Research

My work is framed within the broad field of political ecology and I seek to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to questions of development and sustainability. I have recently focused my research on the politics of scale within development and environmental governance in the areas of the energy crisis, health and the environment and water governance.

Key areas of expertise

  • Development and sustainability
  • Politics of sustainability
  • Environmental governance
  • Justice and human rights
  • Environmental assessment and management
  • Health and the environment
  • Environmental policy
  • Project management

My PhD research focused on the political economy of water and how cross-scalar interactions influence inequitable water allocations. See my thesis

Contact: 

E-mail: vasna.ramasar@lucsus.lu.se
Phone: +46 46 222 68 33

Chad Boda

Research areas and keywords

Sustainability Science (Interdisciplinary); Environmental Conservation; Coastal Management; Philosophy of Science

Outreach

Contact: 

E-mail: chad.boda@lucsus.lu.se

Ann Åkerman

Research

Recent research projects I have been involved in has focused on better understanding how simple, sustainable innovations (improved cook stoves and rain water harvesting systems) can be more effectively diffused in rural areas of the global South, Kenya.

Outreach

Contact

E-mail: ann.akerman@LUCSUS.lu.se
Phone: +46 46 222 80 81
Mobile: +46 70 389 80 81

Sara Brogaard

Research

Broadly speaking my research focuses on livelihoods in relation to land change processes and climate variability/change – hence often falling in the overlapping areas of this figure. Land use here is used synonymously with the wider “land change” concept incorporating changes in productivity through agricultural intensification processes as well as land degradation processes. I am also interested in related implications of policy aspects, such as climate change mitigation initiatives and rural reforms influencing both land use and livelihoods.

Teaching

My teaching reflects my interests in interdisciplinary aspects of land change processes and associated water resources and these are themes that I teach in the LUMES programme. Lund University Master’s Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science.

I also teach natural resources and sustainability in the LUMID programme, Lund University Master Programme in International Development and Management.

Contact:

E-mail: sara.brogaard@LUCSUS.lu.se
Phone: +46 46 222 05 13

 

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Contact

Maryam Nastar

E-mail: maryam.nastar@LUCSUS.lu.se
Phone: +46 46 222 16 90
Mobile: +46 76 233 47 15

Mine Islar

E-mail: mine.islar@LUCSUS.lu.se
Phone: +46 46 222 41 31

Vasna Ramasar

E-mail: vasna.ramasar@lucsus.lu.se
Phone: +46 46 222 68 33

Chad Boda

E-mail: chad.boda@lucsus.lu.se

Ann Åkerman

E-mail: ann.akerman@LUCSUS.lu.se
Phone: +46 46 222 80 81
Mobile: +46 70 389 80 81

Sara Brogaard

E-mail: sara.brogaard@LUCSUS.lu.se
Phone: +46 46 222 05 13