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March 2012: China's South-North Water Transfer: A Study of Water Politics and Development

 

China's South-North Water Transfer: A Study of Water Politics and Development

Thursday, March 8 (2-3:30pm)

 Urban Center, Room 220

Britt Crow discusses her research on water politics, development, and China's South-North Water Transfer Project (SNWTP)--the largest water control project in human history. Drawing upon interviews with senior Chinese government officials in multiple cities across North China, discourse analysis of government documents and state-run media reports, and participant observation at meetings related to the SNWTP, this research explores how water is wielded as a tool of political power in driving particular models of socio-economic development in cities at the local, regional, and national scales.  

By giving priority to the political factors that help shape the future of China’s heartland—including the capital, Beijing— this project contributes to a better understanding of the barriers that must be overcome before sustainable development is achieved in the world’s most populous nation.

Sponsored by the PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization program.