International Conference Water in the Americas

The International Conference Water in the Americas is organized by the Centre de Recherche et de Documentation des Amériques. It will take place at the Institut des Hautes Etudes sur l’Amérique Latine, on January 9th – 11th, 2019.

The objectives of this international conference are to identify, within a comparative perspective, the evolution of social science research on the water sector in the Americas, from the South to the North; to emphasize theoretical and methodological developments in the analysis of the sector; and to gain an understanding of the original contributions of the social sciences to current debates on the subject.

First, an analysis will be made of the evolution of approaches taken to the water sector in the social sciences, and the place of research on the Americas within those approaches. Thinking about water as a scientific object – a resource, a service, a legacy, a common good, an economic good, an environmental factor, a club – and about the specific issues by which it is affected, will make it possible to examine current problematics in the Americas.

Second, an analysis will be made of the fields of research that have emerged over the course of the last few years, and of the conditions in which they have arisen. On the one hand, innovative analytical tools and methodologies will be presented, and, on the other, similarities between the cases studied will be identified with a view to isolating characteristics specific to the region and the elements of reflection they offer international research.

Water Conflicts and Hydrocracy in the Americas Coalitions, Networks, Policies

Editor: Instituto de Energia e Ambiente – Universidade de São Paulo (USP), 2018 Con el apoyo de: ANR BLUEGRASS (UMI iGLOBES CNRS/University of Arizona, CIRAD, CEMCA, IFEA, USP) OHMI Pima County/Labex DRIIHM (ANR-11-LABX-0010) CREDA (UMR 7227 CNRS/Paris 3)

ISBN: 978-85-86923-49-4

This book develops an international comparative approach to water conflicts in several American cities (USA, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia). Struggles for water can be related to different issues: increase in water prices, installation of water catchment systems, negotiations of commissioning contracts, promotion
of municipal plans for water delivery, etc. Such conflicts tend to structure coalitions which, in turn, influence policy-making; they impact local orders that are embedded at multiple levels of social practices; they involve most of the environmental and political institutions of a city or a country. In order to understand how these hydrocracies work, this book proposes a new framework of analysis taking into account the beliefs of the protagonists of the conflicts, their positions in the policy networks and their social characteristics.

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