Institutional Design and the Geography of Rural-Urban Water Conflict in Mumbai

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 20142:00PM - 3:30PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
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Water security in metropolitan cities is increasingly important in the developing world. In Mumbai, for example, rapid urban growth has dramatically increased the demand for water, which has resulted in serious consequences for the water entitlements of rural communities located near the sources of water. This presentation focuses on the regional dimensions of water delivery and looks at the role of institutions and the impact of local laws, agencies, and governance on how water is shared between rural and urban areas.

Bharat Punjabi is the IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellow for 2014-15 and is completing his Ph.D. in Geography from Western University in London. His dissertation is on “Canal Bureaucracy: Institutions and the Politics of Inter-Sectoral Water Competition in the Mumbai Region.” His research interests include urban governance and water management in large city-regions in India and Canada.


Stella Kyriakakis


Bharat Punjabi
IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellow

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Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance


Asian Institute

Centre for South Asian Studies

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