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New book co-edited by Sultana assesses water governance and justice


Farhana Sultana

Farhana Sultana

Farhana Sultana, associate professor of geography, co-edited Water Politics: Governance, Justice, and the Right to Water, which was recently published by Routledge. Her co-editor is Alex Loftus, a reader in political ecology at King’s College, London.

Building on their previous book, The Right to Water (published by Routledge in 2012), the new volume assesses how the 2010 ratification of the United Nations resolution, The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation, has influenced and inspired new regimes of water governance and water politics in both the Global North and Global South. It reveals ongoing struggles and discourses concerning water governance across the globe and the shifts occurring in policy dialogues, legal frameworks, and implementations. Contributors discuss how the rights to water and sanitation can be realized for vulnerable and marginalized communities lacking just access to water and how water insecurities may be resolved. Beyond its academic contributions, Water Politics offers practical suggestions for policy makers and other practitioners seeking to achieve the right to water and sanitation by helping these actors better contextualize their realities and organize to achieve water justice.

As an interdisciplinary scholar, Sultana works at the junctures of political ecology, transnational feminism, critical development studies, social and environmental justice, and human rights, while pushing the academy to incorporate non-Eurocentric thought and perspectives. Among numerous awards and honors, she recently received the 2019 Glenda Laws Award, presented by the American Association of Geographers in recognition of “outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues.” At Maxwell, she serves as the research director for environmental collaboration and conflicts in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration.

You can read more about Sultana’s new book at Routledge’s website.