Preliminary Programme

The WaterPower Symposium explores various critical perspectives on urbanisation, land and water and how transformative development pathways can be made.
The symposium takes the form of a 2-day event with generous time for discussion and interaction built around the planned presentations. Our speakers will discuss several aspects of urban water services like socio-ecological inequalities, water practices, water governance and ways towards transformation.

We envision an intense interdisciplinary dialogue.


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Monday, 15 July 2019

09:00   Registration & coffee

09:30   Welcome & introduction: Antje Bruns (Trier University, Germany)

09:45   Kick-off presentation: Michelle Kooy (IHE Delft, The Netherlands)

10:30   Coffee & tea

11:00   Urbanisation and urban (water) futures

Chair: John E. Akubia (Trier University, Germany)
Stephen Boahen Asabare (University of Göttingen, Germany); Karen Lebek (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany)

12:30   Lunch

13:30   Socio-ecological inequalities of land and water in the peri-urban

Chair: Lara E. Bartels (Trier University, Germany)
Alexander Follmann (University of Cologne, Germany); David Simon (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; Mistra Urban Futures, Sweden); Sandra Valencia (Mistra Urban Futures, Sweden);

15:30   Coffee & tea

16:00   Water practices in the provision of water (round table discussion)

Chair: Rossella Alba (Trier University, Germany)
Michelle Kooy (IHE Delft, The Netherlands); Maria Chiara Pastore (Politecnico di Milano, Italy); Sophie Schramm (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

17:30   End of Day 1

18:00   Dinner (Wirtshaus “Zur Glocke”, Glockenstraße 12, 54290 Trier)

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

08:30   Coffee & tea

09:00   Water governance, institutional bricolage and hydro-social relations 

Chair: Fanny Frick-Trzebitzky (ISOE, Germany)
Jessica Budds (University of East Anglia, UK); Catherine Grasham (University of Oxford, UK); Jennifer Merten (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/ University of Göttingen, Germany)

11:00   Coffee & tea

11:30   Conservation politics, socio-ecological relations and the production of ecosystem services 

Chair: Maria Kondra (Trier University, Germany)
Martin C. Lukas (University of Bremen, Germany); Barbara Schröter (ZALF, Germany)

13:00   Lunch

14:00   Transformation ideals and transformations in practice (round table discussion)

Chair: Lisa Heintges (Trier University, Germany)
Ellis A. Adams (Georgia State University, USA); Abubakari Ahmed (University of Development Studies, Ghana); Marcela López (, Germany); Adelina Mensah (IESS, University of Ghana); Martina Neuburger (Universität Hamburg, Germany)

15:30   Coffee & tea

16:00   Exploring research challenges and opportunities

Chair: Antje Bruns (Trier University, Germany) & Fanny Frick-Trzebitzky (ISOE, Germany)

17:00   Concluding remarks

17:15   End of Day 2 

18:30   Dinner (Liebling Trier, Rindertanzstraße 15, 54290 Trier)