Three Masters students who are part of the INNOVCITIES team recently returned from fieldwork abroad in South Africa and Chile, where they were conducting interviews for their Masters thesis research. The students are investigating a diversity of key challenges involved in climate change adaptation in urban water governance.
Annie Colarusso and Hila Rotbart spent 3 weeks in Cape Town, South Africa, kindly hosted by the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town.
Annie’s research is exploring equity and justice implications of climate change adaptation in urban water governance. This work is motivated by the need to understand how climate change adaptation can be conducted in ways that avoid reinforcing existing inequities, and enhance equity and justice outcomes in cities. Her thesis is titled: “A Framework for Understanding and Assessing the Justice Implications of Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Cities: The Case of Water Supply in Cape Town, South Africa”.
Hila’s research is exploring the effects of adaptation planning in cities, specifically focusing on policy learning effects catalyzed by adaptation planning. This work is motivated by the need to better understand how adaptation planning is contributing to enhancing the adaptability of water governance systems in cities. Her thesis is titled: “Urban Water Supply under Climate Change: Assessing the Learning Effects of the Cape Town Adaptation Plan”.
Douwe de Voogt spent 3 weeks in Santiago, Chile, in cooperation with the Universidad de Chile.
Douwe’s research is exploring how the adaptation planning process in Santiago has unfolded, and how innovations in policy and governance arrangements have emerged within the broader urban water governance context of the city. This work is motivated by the need to better understand how innovative policy and governance arrangements for climate change adaptation are enacted. His thesis is titled: “Adaptation planning in the urban water governance of in Santiago de Chile”.
Annie, Hila, and Douwe are M.Sc students in the Masters program in Environment and Resource Management hosted by the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. They complete their research projects at the end of June 2016.