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Sustainable water tariffs and inequality in post-drought Cape Town: exploring perceptions of fairness
Journal / article | 2022
Fair allocation of diminishing natural resources is increasingly central to sustainability. This includes the allocation of costs related to providing access, such as dams, pipes and pumps delivering clean water. Water tariffs are often designed to both recover these costs, meet social needs of water services to the poor, and incentivise conservation in dry times. However, strained public finances, prolonged droughts and econo...
Informality and water justice: community perspectives on water issues in Cape Town’s low-income neighbourhoods
Journal / article | 2020
Cape Town’s water injustices are entrenched by the mismatch between government interventions and the lived realities in many informal settlements and other low-income areas. This transdisciplinary study draws on over 300 stories from such communities, showing overwhelming frustration with the municipality’s inability to address leaking pipes, faulty bills and poor sanitation. Cape Town’s interventions typically rely on technic...
Stewardship as a boundary object for sustainability research: Linking care, knowledge and agency
Journal / article | 2018
Current sustainability challenges – including biodiversity loss, pollution and land-use change – require new ways of understanding, acting in and caring for the landscapes we live in. The concept of stewardship is increasingly used in research, policy and practice to articulate and describe responses to these challenges. However, there are multiple meanings and framings of stewardship across this wide user base that reflect di...
Stewardship in Urban Landscapes
Book chapter | 2017
This is a chapter from the book "The Science and Practice of Landscape Stewardship". It provides insights into the challenges and the potential of landscape stewardship and identifies future paths for the science and practice of landscape-related sustainability efforts. Aligning analytical perspectives with practical applications, it brings together contributions from leading scholars and innovative models of landscape steward...
Stewardship in an urban world: Civic engagement and human–nature relations in the Anthropocene
Dissertation | 2017
What can a responsible relationship to nature look like in a world where humanity is disrupting fundamental ecological processes at a planetary scale? Achieving sustainability is increasingly argued to require a shift towards ‘stewardship’, but often without clearly defining what the concept means or exactly how it is might address the unprecedented challenges of our time. In his doctoral thesis, Johan Enqvist addresses this k...
The contribution of sense of place to social-ecological systems research: a review and research agenda
Journal / article | 2017
To develop and apply goals for future sustainability, we must consider what people care about and what motivates them to engage in solving sustainability issues. Sense of place theory and methods provide a rich source of insights that, like the social-ecological systems perspective, assume an interconnected social and biophysical reality. However, these fields of research are only recently beginning to converge, and we see gr...
Against the current: rewiring rigidity trap dynamics in urban water governance through civic engagement
Journal / article | 2016
This paper investigates how the agency of local residents can affect persistent and unsustainable practices in urban water supply governance. Using a case study from Bangalore, India, we analyze a social–ecological trap which developed after a shift to external water provision paired with rapid urbanization. The reluctance of forsaking initial investments in infrastructure and competence, and the subsequent loss of the local n...
Citizen networks in the Garden City: Protecting urban ecosystems in rapid urbanization
Journal / article | 2014
Citizen groups can be important actors in urban environmental stewardship, and network structure often influences function and performance. However, most previous studies focus on cities in "developed" countries, thereby overlooking conditions relevant for the parts of the planet where most people live and most urban growth is expected. This paper describes a citizen network engaged in environmental issues in Bangalore, Indi...