Lucy Rodina

Bio

Lucy Rodina is a PhD Candidate at IRES. In her doctoral research, she studies the intersection of water governance, resilience and environmental justice in urban contexts. She studies the nascent challenges to urban water governance in the face of global environmental change and their implications for transformation in the urban water sector. Lucy engages critically with resilience, evaluating the various ways in which resilience thinking is reshaping urban water governance across different scales With a specific focus on a case study from South Africa, the goal of this work 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. Through this approach, the study will also further inform the possibilities for addressing equity and social justice concerns within a resilience framework, by investigating the discursive and practical manifestations of questions of poverty, inequality and differentiated water-related vulnerabilities in water governance. Ultimately, this project aims to engage with resilience thinking critically by investigating the different dimensions in which resilience can be evaluated.

Learn more at www.lucyrodina.com

Featured Publications

Harris, L., D. Kleiber, L. Rodina, S. Yaylaci, J. Goldin, G. Owen (In press). Water Materialities and Participatory Governance: Implications of water quality and access for participatory engagement in Accra Ghana and Cape Town, South Africa. Society and Natural Resources.

Harris, L.M., McKenzie, S, Rodina, L. Shah, S.H., & N. Wilson. (In Press) Water justice: key concepts, debates and research agendas. In: R. Holifield, J. Chakraborty, and G. Walker (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice. London and New York, Routledge.

Ziervogel, G., Pelling, M., Cartwright, A., Chu, E., Deshpande, T., Harris, L., Hyams, K., Kaunda, J., Klaus, B., Kavya, M., Pasquini, L., Pharoah, R., Rodina, L., Scott, D. and P. Zweig. (2017) Inserting rights and justice into urban resilience : a focus on everyday riskEnvironment and Urbanization. DOI:10.1177/0956247816686905.

Rodina, L. (2017). 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 AfricaWater 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 LensPolitics, Groups and Identities 3(4): 660-665.

Rodina, L. (2014) Implementation of the Human Right to Water in Khayelitsha, South Africa – lessons from a ‘lived experiences’ perspective. IRES Working Paper Series.

Morinville, C., & L. Rodina. (2013). Rethinking the Human Right to Water: Water Access and Dispossession in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game ReserveGeoforum, 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.

Recent Publications

Harris, L., D. Kleiber, L. Rodina, S. Yaylaci, J. Goldin, G. Owen (In press). Water Materialities and Participatory Governance: Implications of water quality and access for participatory engagement in Accra Ghana and Cape Town, South Africa. Society and Natural Resources.

Harris, L.M., McKenzie, S, Rodina, L. Shah, S.H., & N. Wilson. (In Press) Water justice: key concepts, debates and research agendas. In: R. Holifield, J. Chakraborty, and G. Walker (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice. London and New York, Routledge.

Ziervogel, G., Pelling, M., Cartwright, A., Chu, E., Deshpande, T., Harris, L., Hyams, K., Kaunda, J., Klaus, B., Kavya, M., Pasquini, L., Pharoah, R., Rodina, L., Scott, D. and P. Zweig. (2017) Inserting rights and justice into urban resilience : a focus on everyday riskEnvironment and Urbanization. DOI:10.1177/0956247816686905.

Rodina, L. (2017). 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.