The dry riverbed of the Colorado River delta, Mexico


The research project will investigate the governance of transboundary rivers and watersheds. As landscapes are transforming due to changing weather patterns and fluctuations in precipitation caused by global warming, urban settlements are increasingly affected by either flooding or the depletion of water resources caused by prolonged and intensified droughts creating increased levels of aridity. The research project will investigate the ongoing processes that shape these landscapes and territories. The fluctuations in water levels and imbalances in hydrological systems in relation to transboundary waters are causing conflicts to arise in many areas and regions across geopolitical borders. The escalation of ongoing conflicts over transboundary water resources is often the result of exploitation of shared water resources and an unfair political advantage over the control, management and governing of watersheds and rivers. As such, the current systems of the governance appear to be inadequate in coping with the fast changes in weather patterns that occur globally, which are affecting the precipitation and the availability of water. In studying the changing flow of water in relation to the governing systems of transboundary watersheds the research project intends to investigate a new hypothetical model for territorial planning and governance of watersheds and rivers that spans across geopolitical borders. The research project is an investigation into a potential replacement of current governing systems with a new model of governance and control of transboundary watersheds, territories and hydraulic landscapes for better management, equitable allocation and distribution of water, based on water as a shared resource.


The Dissonance of the Flow

research project starting in 2022