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October 23 RIPS: The Disparity of Water Access in Delhi, India

Join us on October 23, 2014 at 2.30pm in KTH-732 as Dr. Heather O'Leary (Postdoctoral Fellow in Water Policy and McMaster Water Network Coordinator) presents her research on justice and water access in Delhi. Refreshments to follow at the Phoenix.

Oct 23, 2014

DAY: Thursday October 23, 2014

TIME: 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION: KTH-732

 

For the millions that live in Delhi's underserved water communities, disparities of justice are commensurate with the affluence or stagnancy of water flows. Often, water allocation can be traced alongside claims to political-economic structures that endorse legitimacy of lifestyle, and legitimacy of life. As Delhi becomes increasingly committed to its world-class urban identity, alternate forms of living within the city are discouraged and enforced by hydrological stagnation.

This research in progress explores the intersection of justice and water access in Delhi, India through the perspective of the marginalized urban water-poor. It draws on eighteen months of fieldwork among Delhi's water-poor, tracing the water narratives that mark people's relationships to their homes, their city, and the larger circuits of their urban ecosystems.