Monday, November 1, 2010

International conference on ‘Pathways to sustainability: agendas for a new politics of environment, development and social justice’

One of our Lead Researchers, Dr Vishal Narain, participated in an international conference held by STEPS (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) Centre attached to Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK.

In a session titled, ‘Contesting sustainabilities in the periurban interface’, Dr Narain presented a paper on ‘Reframing the narrative: the land and water nexus in the periurban interface’.

Other papers presented in the session were:

1) Re-imagining Desakota through a ‘Toad’s eye science’ approach by Dipak Gyawali, Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology

2) Contesting sustainabilities in the peri-urban interface: the case of water in Ghaziabad by Lyla Mehta and Pritpal Randhawa

3) A periscope on the peri-urban by Adriana Allen, University College London (unable to present)

4) The Ghaziabad case study by Alankar, Sarai, Delhi

Dr Narain’s notes
The discussion focused on South Asian peri-urban issues. It was also a good opportunity to learn about the STEPS center peri-urban project that focused on what happened when villages in Ghaziabad were brought into the fold of municipal corporations. They have conceptualized peri-urban somewhat differently from us, looking at former villages now under the fold of urban authorities, the implications of this process for systems of water access and management, the lack of interest and focus among urban authorities, as well as the resulting marginalization and exclusion faced by peri-urban residents in terms of their access to water.

I used this opportunity to speak about our project with other researchers working on similar issues.   

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