SusSEd 2 - Naomi Oates: Everyday Politics of Groundwater in Rural Malawi

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Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 9

Western Bank

Sheffield

S10 2TN

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The Sustainability Skills & Education (SusSEd) series is a collection of engaging and interactive lunchtime talks, designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to bring about a more sustainable world. Delivered by academics and PhD scholars from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable futures, these sessions will cover different aspects of sustainability, and will be held between February 4th and March 5th, 12:10-1pm. This year the talks will focus on Soil and the World Beneath Our Feet. Whether you're pushing to develop the skills needed to make a real difference or just want to hear more about what sustainability entails, everyone is welcome at our free sessions!

Exploring the everyday politics of groundwater – insights from rural Malawi

We all know that water is essential to life, however in the UK we are fortunate that its availability is rarely an issue. Elsewhere this is not the case. In this talk Naomi Oates, PhD researcher and Grantham Scholar, will explore some of the often forgotten challenges to securing reliable water supplies; "Sustaining water resources and infrastructure to meet human (and environmental) needs is often thought of as a techno-managerial problem. I argue that water services are inherently political, entangled in everyday lives. Policies and practices are shaped by negotiation, personal interests, cultural values and social relationships. I use ethnographic methods to explore these dynamics in Malawi, where groundwater is a crucial resource for rural households.".

Please note booking your place for these talks is not strictly necessary, but it will help the organisers greatly and allow you to avoid disappointment should the venue become full. Thank you.

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Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 9

Western Bank

Sheffield

S10 2TN

United Kingdom

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