Amelie Huber has been carrying out research on conflicts over water and development in Northeast India. Drawing on case studies from Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, her work focuses on processes of depoliticisation and knowledge construction related to hydropower dams and climate-related hazards and risks; identity politics in water conflicts; and the ways in which different actors interact over and shape environmental governance and development paradigms. Amelie is a PhD fellow with the European Network of Political Ecology (ENTITLE), and is based at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology in Barcelona and at Boğazici University, Istanbul. She holds an MSc degree in Land and Water Management from Wageningen University and a BA in Development Studies and South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Outside India, Amelie is at home in the German Alps and in Sicily.
Research Interests: Dams and development, water conflicts, resource grabbing, social movements, political ecology, critical development studies
Anuj Goyal has completed his post graduation with an MA degree in Development, prior to which he completed his B. Tech. He has 2 years of experience working in the IT sector and 4 Months in Governance and Natural Resources Management. During his internship with the Forum, Anuj worked on mapping of water conflicts in the Mahanadi Basin in Chhattisgarh, disparities in water allocations, the role of power industries in the genesis of conflicts, and the new barrages on the Mahanadi being built for industrial use.
Research Interests: Environmental Governance, Environmental Policy, Common Property Resources
Seven New Barrages: Giving birth to many conflicts
Hasdeo-Bango Project: Changing Allocation patterns
Jayanthi has several years of experience in technology, environment and development related themes in both academic and professional engagements. Her academic research focuses on the relationship between technology, society, and science. Since 2008, political and normative issues related to technologies have been central in her research. She has been looking at these in a variety of domains: nanotechnologies, hydraulic technologies, wildlife conservation science and urban planning in India. Her current research, relates to techno-politics and issues of vulnerability in a hydraulic technology in India. By drawing upon the theoretical approaches of science technology studies (STS) and political ecology, and hazard studies, her research explores the conflict on Mullaperiyar Dam in India. By taking technological culture as a framework, her project tries to explore the notions of vulnerability attached to the dam. The intention is to identify the forces, interests and ideologies that constitute vulnerability.
Draft - Hydropolitical vulnerability of the Mullaperiyar dam: Institutions involved and options explored
(June to September 2015)
Joas, 22, obtained a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration after having studied at Tilburg University and the University of North Georgia. Currently pursuing M. Sc. in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands. For his thesis he is looking into civil society resistance against hydropower in the Darjeeling region, West Bengal, from both an anti-political framework and eco-governmental perspective, as well as I try to understand the possibilities for strengthening the civil society body concerned with hydropower resistance in the region
Paroma completed Erasmus Mundus funded Master of Science in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management awarded by Central European University in Hungary, Lund University in Sweden, Manchester University in United Kingdom and Aegean University in Greece (2013). After her graduation Paroma worked with the Forum as an intern writing a short analytic paper by drawing insights from the literature developed by the Forum. The paper discusses: (a) factors affecting possibilities of resolution of water conflicts, (b) measures adopted to ameliorate conflicts, involving reduction in costs and/ or enhancing benefits of interventions involved, (c) lessons related to the factors and conditions that would facilitate stakeholders’ dialogue for resolution of water conflicts. She is currently pursuing the MRes Social Science Research Methods (International Development) Program at the University of East Anglia, UK. The focus of her research is on the institutional structures facilitating collaborative or deliberative processes for water conflict resolution.
Research Interests: Environmental conflicts, Water policy, Deliberative processes
Draft – Resolving water conflicts: A Review Paper
Prerna Prasad is pursuing her Masters in Water Policy and Governance from TISS, Mumbai. As part of her internship with the Forum, she worked to collect the baseline data for the E-Flows theme work. She is currently trying to study the failure of Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Schemes in Jharkhand and plans to develop an integrated perspective to look at the issue.
Draft - Hasdeo Sub-basin report: Environmental Flows and Annex (Field Photos)
Sridhar is a postgraduate in Water Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Prior to getting his degree, he had completed his B-Tech in Applied Electronics and Instrumentation from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala and had worked in the IT sector for about 7 years. During his internship in 2014 with the Forum he worked on environmental flows in the Chhattisgarh part of the Mahanadi basin, especially the Hasdeo basin, a tributary of the Mahanadi and also tried to understand the ecosystem-Livelihood linkages.
Research Interests: Environment, common pool resources, ecosystem and livelihoods, biodiversity, conservation and technology in development, water-energy nexus
Hasdeo River: Human interventions and its impacts
Hasdeo River: Field notes