LINGS’ core focus is to study the local institutional dynamics and socioeconomic consequences generated through state decentralization reforms targeting rural water-management within the communal farming areas of the Kunene region, north-western Namibia. Since the mid-1990s and shaped by global ideas of community-based management, participation and the assessment of water as an economic good, the local water infrastructure (wells, pumps, borehole installations) has been handed over to the rural farming population. As a consequence, hundreds of pastoral communities needed to establish committees and associations as well as specific sets of rules in order to obtain rights to collectively manage local water-supply. Applying a longitudinal and comparative anthropological perspective, the research team explores how the communities govern water and what kind of institutions develop, how they are shaped by local perspectives and global policies, and what social, economic and political consequences they have.
- Upcoming talk (Schnegg), „Global Policies and Micro-Politics of Water in Rural Namibia“, SEA Annual Conference 2018 „Water and Economy“, March 1-3, Arizona State University.
- Upcoming panel: LINGS will host a panel at the inaugural conference of the IGU commission on African studies, May 17-18, University of Namibia.
- Upcoming panel (Menestrey & Olwage): The panel „Glocal (Dis)connections of Values, Ideals, and Practices of Water Management in Africa“ will take place at the VAD on African Connections, 27-30 June, Leizig University.
- 2/2018 Media: Internet presentation has been successfully relaunched.
- 11/2017: We welcome David Parduhn as a new LINGS member.
- 8/2017 Media: Global Water Forum reports on Hamburg research project LINGS.
- 9/2017 Publication, Monograph: Kooperation unter Unsicherheit. Institutionelle Reformen und kommunale Wassernutzung im Nordwesten Namibias. transcript.
- 6/2017 Publication, Monograph: The Pump Keeps on Running: On the Emergence of Water Management Institutions Between State Decentralization and Local Practices in Northern Kunene. Lit Verlag.
- 6/2017 Poster, IASC Utrecht: Linking Ethnography and Large-Scale Comparison in Studying the “New Commons” in Namibia.
- 1/2017 Talk: Who pays the Cost? Community-based resource management and environmental justice in northwest Namibia.
- 2016 Publication, Human Ecology: Lost in Translation: State Policies and Micro-politics of Water Governance in Namibia.
- 2016 Publication, Journal of Contemporary African Studies: The political ecology of hunting in Namibia’s Kaokoveld: from Dorsland Trekkers’ elephant hunts to trophy-hunting in contemporary conservancies.
- 2016 Publication, International Journal of the Commons: Travelling Models of Participation: Global ideas and local translations of water management in Namibia.
- 2016 Publication, Ambio: Moral equality and success of common-pool water governance in Namibia.