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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.

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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.

Researchers on the project

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