A woman pumps water into a bucket in Mozambique

Governing the Land-Water-Environment Nexus in Southern Africa

In southern Africa, the intersection of land, water and environment is central to a range of challenges for policymakers, businesses and local people. This project studies the different ways in which the ‘nexus’ of land, water and environment are governed in the region. It investigates different governance styles (including technocratic, market-led, state-led and citizen-led approaches),…

GroFutures

This project aims to develop the scientific basis and participatory management processes by which groundwater resources can be used sustainably for poverty alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Visit the project website: grofutures.org GroFutures: Groundwater Futures in Sub-Saharan Africa Groundwater is a vital source of safe water for drinking, hygiene, irrigation and industry across Sub-Saharan Africa. Groundwater…

The Nexus Network

The STEPS Centre is a lead partner in The Nexus Network, an ESRC-funded initiative which brings together researchers, policy makers, business leaders and civil society to improve decision making on food, energy, water and the environment. Follow the links below to jump directly to sections on this page: About | Resources | Reading   Events…

Flows and Practices: The politics of integrated water resources management (IWRM) in Africa

Project dates: 2012 – 2014 Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has emerged as a key approach in the water sector in the past decade. However, IWRM has not produced the anticipated socio-economic, political and ecological outcomes due to the uncertainty and complexity of river basins and the plural, overlapping and competing formal and informal legal…

Urbanisation in Asia: the peri-urban interface and sustainability of south Asian cities

This project looks at water in peri-urban Delhi, exploring the problems in the way water is viewed and managed by authorities, leaving some people without adequate access.

Dams: securitization, risks and the global water-energy-food nexus

A project looking at how climate change, security concerns and science are being used to justify large programmes of dam-building worldwide.

ESPA Water Futures

This project aims to understand how agricultural productivity can be enhanced and sustained by irrigation, through improved management of ecosystem services, in order to alleviate poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through case studies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, we will seek to provide new data and models which can be used to assess the availability…