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CISED’s past research in water issues has focused on a number of dimensions such as the management of surface water in watersheds, the interpretation of tradition in the context of tank irrigation, and the question of equity. This research covers water resource issues at local, basin and national scales. It has resulted in a range of outputs such as critical theoretical analyses, literature reviews, empirical studies and strategy papers. More recently, we have explored the idea of right to water and rights-based approaches in different discourses. We have also initiated a forum for research and policy on long-term impacts of watershed development in the arid and semi-arid regions of India. Our work in river basins addresses issues of water allocation, and compensation for environmental services provided by forest catchments. Future plans include studying social movements in the realm of water in the context of globalisation, and analysing the different forms that privatisation in the water sector has taken in India.

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Faculty members: Shrinivas Badiger, Sharachchandra Lélé

Research Studies

Below is a list of abstracts for the outputs that have been produced under this theme.

Ongoing Studies

Exploring the Payment for Ecosystems Services Concept in Large Catchments in India

Impact of Environmental Struggles and Political Theorizing on the Notion of Justice

Risk Perception in Arsenic Contamination in West Bengal

Completed Studies

Discourses of Water, Development and Sector Reforms in Water in Maharashtra

Rethinking the Irrigation Dream: Pynes and Canals in Colonial Bihar

Case Study of Water Reforms in Hubli-Dharwad

Colonial Zamindars and Flood Control: Environmental History of North Bihar on the Ground

A Review: Right to Water: Human Rights, State Legislation and Civil Society Initiatives in India

Bridging the GAP in Kanpur Ganga: Failure of Monitoring Agencies Causes Pollution Disaster in Village

Protecting Drinking Water Sources: Case of Ghataprabha Sub-Basin

Questioning Modernity's Tradition: Designs of Tank Irrigation Technology of South India in a Historical Perspective

Resource, Rules and Technology:Capturing Dynamics of Building Water Users' Association

Water Resources and Irrigation Development in India: An Overview