Academia meets activism: a new water justice agenda

This seminal event brings together a world-class panel of leading academics and activists from universities and civil society organisations to set a critical agenda for urban water justice.

With a focus on water in cities, through intersectional and decolonial perspectives, the event offers historical and contemporary insights to unpack the systemic and structural elements of unjust water provision and unequal access. By drawing on case studies from across the world, this panel will set the scene for developing pathways towards a re-imagining of just urban water futures within the climate crisis.

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Farhana Sultana is a Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She is also a faculty affiliate at Syracuse University in a range of departments. Her work focuses on water governance, climate justice and transnational feminist theories.

Lyla Mehta is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies. Her work focuses on water and sanitation, resource grabbing and the politics of sustainability. She has also worked with various UN agencies on the themes of Food Security, Nutrition, Water, and Sanitation.

Matthew Wingfield is a Research Fellow at the SARChI Chair on Land, Environment, and Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University. His work has focussed on spaital and environmental justice in post-apartheid South Africa, with particular focus on environmental activism and climate justice. He is also the Political Education and Climate Science Secretary of the Climate Justice Charter Movement (CJCM).

Sam Taylor co-runs End Water Poverty, a global civil society coalition with 160 members working across 80 countries. Sam coordinates the global Claim Your Water Rights campaign, supporting context-specific, community-led action to enforce the human rights to water and sanitation at local and national level.

Chair: Catherine Fallon Grasham, Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford