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), and asks what difference they make to the mechanisms and actors that are involved.
The project asks what narratives about problems and solutions are implied by different styles of governance. It also looks at how these styles of governance overlap and combine in different ways, and what are the outcomes.
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Visiting fellowships and exchanges will take place between the three project partners.
There is a small grants fund to support early career researchers, who will write working papers based on the work
The project will also fund bursaries for attending the STEPS Summer School
A final conference in 2018 will discuss findings.
Partners and funding
The partners are the ESRC STEPS Centre at the University of Sussex, the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape and the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi.
This project is co-funded through a grant from the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. It runs from 2015-2018.
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- Joanes Atela, ACTS
- Ben Cousins, PLAAS
- Amber Huff, STEPS Centre (Principal Investigator)
- Parveen Mungroo, STEPS Centre