November 12, 2020: IRES Student Seminar with Scott McKenzie and Nima Jamshidi

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Via Zoom

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Advocates: Citizen engagement with the law to address water governance in Cape Town and Accra

This talk will discuss how those living and working in underserved areas of Cape Town, South Africa and Accra, Ghana perceived the links between water related concerns in their communities, law, and space. The talk will engage the fields of geography and legal studies and specifically to legal geography which lies at the intersection of these two disciplines. This will deepen an understanding of the reciprocal relationship between the use of space and law and the ways that these can co-create each other. The study in Cape Town and Accra draws on interviews with activists and legal professionals as well as on local, state, or international laws, regulations, and court filings. This talk will also help sketch the ways to conceptualize the legal landscape and mobilize resources to better address the needs in these communities.  This resulted in a multi-sited and interdisciplinary examination of water governance, which should inform scholarly discussions about the role of law in water equality.

Scott McKenzie

IRES PhD Program


Scott is a PhD candidate in Resource Management and Environmental Studies working under the supervision of Dr. Leila Harris. Scott’s research and writing focuses on how contending notions of scale and regulation affect water policy (within the water-energy-food nexus). His work considers the relationship between the natural environment, human development, and law. He has also worked as a development agent for the United States Peace Corps in Morocco and as a lawyer.