Lucy Rodina Email: l.rodina@alumni.ubc.ca 

 

Research interests:
Water governance, urban water resilience, urban political ecology, water ethics, South Africa

Biography:
Lucy Rodina is a PhD Candidate, supervised by Leila Harris, at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) and a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Lucy’s research investigates key themes in resilience thinking as they apply to urban water governance, with specific attention to droughts, floods and associated water-related risks, such as water pollution. One of the key objectives of this research is to investigate the uptake and use of key constituents of resilience thinking in the context of urban water broadly, both conceptually and in practice. With a specific focus on a case study from South Africa, the goal is to theorize and develop a situated understanding of water resilience – attentive to specific biophysical environments, lived experiences, socio-political and governance contexts, power and marginalization – for water experts and decision makers on one hand, and residents of impoverished, peri-uban and informal settlements on the other.

Lucy did her MA at IRES with Dr. Leila Harris, working on water governance and the human right to water in South Africa. Before starting her Master’s, Lucy was involved in a water development project in the Nepalese Himalayas, focused on building irrigation canals and shaping strategies for future community development projects. Currently, Lucy is a Steering Committee member of the International Development Research Network at UBC and a member of the EDGES research collaborative and the Program on Water Governance. She is also actively involved with the Water Ethics Network. Learn more at www.lucyrodina.com

Publications:

Rodina, L. (forthcoming). Reflections on water ethics and the human right to water in Khayelitsha, South Africa. In: R. Ziegler and D. Groenfeldt (Eds). Global Water Ethics: Towards a global ethics charter. London and New York, Routledge.

Rodina, L & L. M. Harris (2016). Water Services, Lived Citizenship, and Notions of the State in Marginalised Urban Spaces: The case of Khayelitsha, South Africa. Water Alternatives 9(2): 336-355.

Rodina, L. (2016). Human right to water in Khayelitsha, South Africa – Lessons from a ‘lived experiences’ perspective. Geoforum 72: 58-66. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.04.003

Harris, L., Rodina, L. &  C. Morinville (2015). Revisiting the Human Right to Water from an Environmental Justice Lens. Politics, Groups and Identities 3(4): 660-665.

Morinville, C., & L. Rodina. (2013). Rethinking the Human Right to Water: Water Access and Dispossession in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Geoforum, 49: 150-159.

Anderson, E.,  Findlater, K. M., Freeman, O. E., Levine, J., Morinville, C., Peloso, M., Rodina, L., Singh, G., Tesfamichael,  D., Harris, L & H. Zerriffi (2012). Bridging Disciplinary and Professional Divides to Improve International Development Research at Universities. In: W. Leal Filho (Ed). Sustainable Development at Universities: New Horizons. Frankfurt, Peter Lang Publishers: 753-770.

Rodina, L. (2010). Burns Bog: Power Relations in the Social Production of Nature. UBC Journal Of Political Studies, March 2010: 67-75.

Rodina L., & L.M. Harris (2016, June 14). Resilience in South Africa’s urban water landscape. Opinion piece, published in The Conversation Africa.

Select awards and scholarships:
Liu Institute for Global Issues’ Bottom Billion Research Award, 2015
International WaTERS Graduate Fellowship, 2015
Les Lavkulich Scholarship for Resources and Environment, 2013
SSHRC-CGS Doctoral award, 2013
UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, 2013
UBC Graduate Student International Research Mobility Award, 2012
College for Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Award, 2011
Faculty Women’s Club Jubilee Scholarship, 2011

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