|Title||Disputed hydrosocial territories and flooding hazards in Guatemala: largescale mining, indigenous communities and citizen alliances|
|Group||Water Resources Management group|
|Supervisor(s)||Prof. Rutgerd Boelens & Dr. Jeroen Vos|
|Description||Host institute(s): Municipality of Quetzaltenango
Project type: Master thesis for 1 or 2 students
In the Palajunoj valley near Quetzaltenango city, Guatemala, three large gravel mines cause major socio-environmental problems, such as deforestation and soil erosion, which generates large flooding hazards for the indigenous communities and urban neighbourhoods. Mines and official development reports deny the problem and blame �nature� and �climate�. Municipality officers and indigenous communities however point at the extractive industry. Rural protest has broadened into a rural-urban territorial alliance: rural mayors, NGOs, urban neighbourhoods. They ask for socio-environmental research to complement their technical findings.
Investigate through academic and action-research:
* the socio-environmental problems and hydro-political relationships that trigger the mining-based floodings;
* the divergent discourses and ways in which the flooding hazards are framed by different actors;
* the consequences for rural communities and urban neighborhoods ;
* the multi-scalar strategies, organizations and responses that families (can) deploy to cope with floods.
What is expected from the student: Research with a grounded Political Ecology focus (preparation: course Political Ecology of Water / similar courses). Conceptual themes: extractivism, hydrosocial territories, power, politics, discourse analysis, governmentality, conflict analysis, identity politics; social mobilization
|Requirements||course Political Ecology of Water / similar courses|