Webinar – Challenging the water reform narrative in post conflict Lebanon: A case Study of Hydro-Social cycles on Jeanne d’Arc Street (31/07/2020)
Responding to water-availability challenges, the Lebanese water sector has witnessed a wave of reforms, initiated in the year 2000, through the enactment of the law 221, and culminating in producing the National Water Sector Strategy (NWSS) in 2010. Building on a single multiple-method case study design, the research looks at the hydro-social cycle on Jeanne d’Arc Street, through the lens of political ecology. Building on notions of coproduction that help transcend the formal/ informal binaries, the research documents the hhybridity of the existing water network(s), and maps various water networks, users and stakeholders. It also traces circulating volumes of water, and monetary exchanges. Through the case studies the research also investigates the roots of the current conditions in the water sector and challenges the premises on which the reforms narrative is based.
Rayan Kahale, Interior Architect, Urban Planner
Rayan Kahale is an Interior Architect and Urban Planner. She trained in Architecture and Design since 2006 and, in 2013, expanded to the field of Urban Planning and pursued a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy at the American University of Beirut. Her research is focused on understanding the challenges of urban water services, especially in post-conflict contexts. Using the analytical tools of political ecology and hydro-social cycles to understand the layers of complexity in urban water provision. Rayan’s work is primarily focused on unpacking the hybrid urban water networks, both physical and institutional, as key entry points for efficient policy making and planning.
Date and Time
Friday, July 31 at 4:30PM (Beyrouth time)
Rouba Wehbe, Doctorante Ifpo – AFD – Sciences Po (CERI)
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