Water scarcity discourses and hydropolitics in the case of Jordan

29 September 2018 18:00 to 19:00

102 Uhod St, Tla' al-Ali, Amman, Jordan

“Jordan is the second most water scarce country in the world”, mass media keep telling us. But what is water scarcity? Who constructs this narrative in the region? How is this done? And what are the hidden interests behind this discourse? This lecture will discuss and introduce key concepts of hydropolitics, unpacking the discourses of water scarcity in the region, and unfolding the interests and power relations embedded in the water scarcity in the Middle East, and in Jordan specifically.


Dr. Hussam Hussein is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Kassel, in Germany, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia (UEA), where he obtained his Ph.D. degree. Before joining the University of Kassel, Hussam worked as a Research Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut, looking at the political economy of water scarcity in the Middle East. His Ph.D. thesis focused on water scarcity discourses and transboundary water governance in the case of Jordan. Hussam studied at the University of Trieste (Gorizia), College of Europe, SOAS, and UEA. He has previously worked for the European Parliament, the Italian Embassy in Amman, the NGO EcoPeace, the London Middle East Institute (LMEI-SOAS), and for the World Bank. During 2017-2018, he was awarded CBRL Pilot Project funding for the project “Long term resilience and flexible solutions for the water sectors of Jordan and Lebanon”. He is also a previous CBRL Travel Grant recipient.


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