About Working Together: Research and Water Governance on Mount Kenya

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In the last 40 years, global withdrawals of water have doubled. In a context of global population increase and rapid climate changes, water governance is a critical issue. In Kenya, a country affected by water scarcity, poverty, and food-security issues, understanding how to manage water resources is fundamental. An interdisciplinary team from IU and Princeton University is addressing these issues, investigating how local communities are governing water resources and adapting to changing socio-environmental conditions.

This screening is sponsored by the Integrated Program in the Environment, The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Department of Geography, and the IU Office of Sustainability. This screening will be followed by a panel discussion on this research as well as the role of documentaries in research communication. (Digital Presentation) Panelists include: Sarah Osterhoudt is an Assistant Professor in Cultural Anthropology. Her research examines the cultural dimensions of agriculture, environment and trade in Madagascar. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2014.

Jampel Dell’Angelo is a postdoctoral fellow at SESYNC – University of Maryland. He conducts research on the institutional drivers and governance conditions of virtual freshwater appropriation associated with the global land rush. Prior, he was a Postdoc at the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University working on water governance in Kenya. He received his dual PhD in Environmental Science and Technology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and in International Cooperation from Sapienza University of Rome. He is a producer of a documentary on environmental conflicts, Aquí nos vamos a quedar, and Working Together: Research and Water Governance on Mount Kenya on water governance research in Kenya.

Tom Evans is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Indiana University. His work addresses the intersection of social and environmental systems with an emphasis on household-level decision making in the context of diverse governance arrangements. Previous work focused on dynamics of deforestation/reforestation while more recently his work has investigated the impact of climate change on smallholder farming systems in Kenya/Zambia and the ability of multi-level governance regimes and farmer adaptive capacity to mitigate effects of drought.

Steve Chaplin is a former science writer for IU Communications and currently the manager of research communications for IU’s Office of the Vice President for Research. He has helped publicized previous films by IU faculty, including Norbert Herber’s and Katy Borner’s Humanexus, which appeared at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, and the award-winning documentary the Ordinary Extraordinary Junco conceived by IU postdoctoral researcher Jonathan Atwell with the assistance of Distinguished Professor of Biology Ellen Ketterson. Chaplin is currently working on a short film about IU biologist Armin Moczek’s broader impacts outreach program to public schools on the topic of evolutionary biology.

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