Hydropolitics and peacebuilding
In what ways are water scarcity and hydropolitics addressed in peacebuilding efforts in the Middle East?
The project is part of the strategic research initiative MECW - Middle East in the Contempary World, which is coordinated by the Centre for Middle East Studies; funded by Lund University and the Swedish Research Council.
The Jordan River basin is one of the main sources of water for Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians.
One aim of this project is to theoretically challenge the established division between water conflict and water cooperation by introducing the local level as a crucial component in transboundary water management.
A second aim is to explore how local communities are affected by the implementation of agreements and hydro-peace projects.
A third aim is to empirically investigate how local Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian communities are affected by water scarcity and national water management policies.
This research project is based on an interdisciplinary cooperation between political science, peace and conflict studies and water resources engineering.
External project members
- Ronny Berndtsson, Professor, Water Resource Engineering, Lund University
- Hashemi, Hossein, Phd, Centre for Middle East Studies, Lund University
- Jebari, Sihem, Centre for Middle East Studies, Lund University
- The Nile and the Grand Ethiopian Rennaissance Dam: Is there a meeting point between nationalism and hydrosolidarity? i Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education, Issue 155. Dalia Abdelhady, Karin Aggestam, Dan-Erik Andersson, Olof Beckman, Ronny Berndtsson, Karin Broberg Palmgren, Kaveh Madani, Umut Ozkirimli, Kenneth Persson, Petter Pilesjö.
- Desecuritisation of water and the technocratic turn in peacebuilding i Journal of International Environmental Agreement. Politics, Law and Economics. Karin Aggestam (2015)
- "The Nile Basin and Hydrosolidarity," i The Middle East in London. Vol. 11, No. 2. Karin Aggestam, Dan-Erik Andersson, Ronny Berntsson and Kaveh Madani (2015)
- Playing the game”, identity and perception-of-the-other in water cooperation in the Jordan River Basin i Hydrological Sciences Journal. Josepha Wessels (2015)
- Challenging hydro-hegemony: hydro- politics and local resistance in the Golan Heights and the Palestinian territories i International Journal: Environmental Studies. Josepha Wessels (2015)
- "Depoliticising water conflict. The quest for functional peacebuilding in the Red Sea-Dead-Sea-Water-Conveyance project." i Hydrological Sciences Journal. Karin Aggestam and Anna Sundell (2014)
- Situating water in peacebuilding. Journal of Water International. 39(1): 10-22. Karin Aggestam & Anna Sundell (2014)