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Confronting Water Injustices: Experiences from Latin America

17:30 - 19:00 18 March 2013

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PQ

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The UCL-Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA), in collaboration with The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), proudly host this panel of distinguished experts: Prof Esteban Castro (Newcastle), Dr Adriana Allen and Etienne von Bertrab (both DPU) to lead on this discussion.

In the context of the commemoration of World Water Day (22 March) this panel examines the production and reproduction of water injustices and their relationship with democracy, sustainability and justice in Latin America.

Drawing on recent and ongoing research as well as on experience in social processes, the panellists will reflect on how water injustices are being confronted by a range of actors, assemblages and networks, and examine their potential for transformative change: Professor Esteban Castro (Newcastle University) discusses how actual or perceived socio-ecological inequalities and injustices, notably water-related, are at the root of seemingly intractable socio-political conflicts, and how they constitute a major obstacle to the democratisation processes. Dr. Adriana Allen (DPU) will reflect on the meaning of water justice in urban and periurban contexts, and examine the scope and limitations of emerging coproduction platforms to build water justice beyond merely distributional concerns and the instrumentalisation of state-citizen channels. Étienne von Bertrab (DPU) will discuss the role of institutions and policies in the production of water injustices in Mexico and examine the potential of emerging forms of grassroots responses and  - increasingly transnational - solidarity networks.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session, and you are all cordially invited to continue the discussion over a glass of wine at the reception afterwards. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.

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