Podcast Archive

From Mar del Plata to New York City: The UN 2023 Water Conference

The Water Justice Hub’s Quentin Grafton and Safa Fanaian attended the UN Water Conference in New York in March 2023. This second UN water conference sought to unite the world around the water crisis and accelerate action towards water and sanitation for all. Three guests share their reflections about the conference.

Guests:

Professor Robert Hope, Professor of Water Policy, University of Oxford

Dr. Nate Matthews, CEO of the Global Resilience Partnership

Jacqui Remond is the lead on integral ecology at the Australian Catholic University and a co-founder of the Laudato Si movement

This podcast was edited by Michael Migali and executive produced by Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice Hub at the Australian National University. This episode’s hosts are Quentin Grafton and Safa Fanaian.

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The Story of Australia’s 2022 Floods

This episode of the Water Justice Podcast is a collection of stories, recounting events from around regional Australia which received flooding throughout the Murray Darling Basin across 2022 and into 2023. New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia experienced severe flooding in the late spring months in a La Nina event. Recorded at the end of the 2022-2023 Australian summer, five people from different areas along the flooded regions provide their stories from this tragedy. These stories cover how floods have impacted them and their communities as well as their thoughts on how we can learn from these events. Australia’s flooding can be a contentious topic and these experiences don’t necessarily reflect the thoughts of the Water Justice Hub, but they do account for how people are left feeling in the wake of a disaster like this.

Guests

Prue Milgate: Agri-industry advocate, Grain and Livestock Farmer in Serpentine, who received flooding downstream from the Loddon River

Simone Bailey: Mayor of the Mid Murray council, an area that received flooding from the Murray River

Dallas Tout: Mayor of Wagga Wagga, which received flooding from the Murrumbidgee River

Bill Twigg: Regenerative Agricultural Sheep Farmer who received flooding from the Loddon River

Paul Haw: First Nations Cultural Heritage Museum caretaker and Local to Boort, a lakeside town that received flooding from the Loddon River

This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and Produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice HubUNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

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Australian Groundwater Conference 2022 – Science, Resilience, and Adaption

Kat Taylor attended the International Association of Hydrogeologists’ Australian Groundwater Conference 2022 in November of 2022. At the conference which was themed “Science, Resilience, and Adaption”, Kat caught up with several experts in the field of groundwater to ask some questions and get to the crux of what mattered at this year’s conference.

You can follow our guests’ work (in order of appearance):

Dr Rick Evans on Hydrogeological Misadventures

Dr Brad Opdyke on Lake George

Assoc. Professor Brad Moggridge on Indigenous Groundwater

Dr Sarah Bourke on chairing IAH Western Australia

The Indigenous Groundwater Declaration

This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and Produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice HubUNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

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Food Energy Water – Nexus thinking and Nexus doing with Sarah Torhan & Dr Pamela Katic

Growing food takes water and energy, among other resources, while diminishing natural water resources through hydro-energy dams can restrict food sources like fish. When our needs for food, energy, and water are all growing, how do our actions in one area impact the other? If you start to solve our modern environmental problems by considering the relationship between these needs, or the “Food-Energy-Water Nexus”, water justice can be expansive. Kat speaks to experts in ‘nexus thinking’ and ‘nexus doing’ to understand this kind of systems thinking, and how it can be utilised as we fight for water justice for all.

Dr Pamela Katic has been working on nexus thinking and doing before the term arose, you can follow this journey here. Sarah Torhan’s work is extremely fascinating, you can follow some of it here.

This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and Produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice Hub,  UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

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Floods in Turkey – How Children Perceive Flooding Devastation

Floods are a threat to many people across the world, and they are getting more frequent as our weather becomes more extreme due to climate change. The destructive power of water bares an interesting contrast to the devastation of drought, yet some places are experiencing both in a short period of time. How do the complexities of climate change paired with the threat of natural disasters appear to children who live through these experiences? Are children normalised to the situations they grow up in? Or do they yearn for a different reality, one where people are more prepared for extreme weather and also attempting to change those risks? Ayse Yildiz is a lecturer in Disaster and Emergency Management at Coventry University, UK, specialising in disaster risk perception and preparedness. She has worked predominantly with children and young people in disaster risk reduction in Turkey and Nepal where extreme weather has dominated the living memory of young people.

Ayse Yildiz’s work is extremely fascinating, you can follow some of it here. If you’re looking to understand Ayse’s research mentioned in this episode, you can read this publication.

This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and Produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice Hub,  UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

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Ground Water Security – An Introduction from Jay Famiglietti

Groundwater makes up a significant portion of the water resources equation. Yet, like an iceberg, because it is not seen, any danger lurking below the surface is not appreciated. Securing our water resources is as much an important consideration for humanity as climate change, so why isn’t it talked about? Jay Famiglietti, Executive Director of Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan joins the Water Justice Podcast to introduce this subject and explain the complexity of water security.

Jay Famiglietti’s work is extremely fascinating, you can follow some of it here. If you’re looking to follow this story further, subscribe to Jay’s What About Water Podcast.

This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and Produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice Hub,  UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

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Special Episode – The Bending Toward Water Justice Panel

Description

To finish series one of the Water Justice Podcast we have the ‘Bending Towards Water Justice Panel’. Panelists answer questions related to their research and how they take their findings and bring them to the world in serving water justice. This episode celebrates a special edition journal guest-edited by Professor Quentin Grafton, Safa Fanaian, Gabriela Sacco, and Luis Liberman. The special issue of the International Journal of Water Resources Development is titled Water Justice, Pathways for Voice, Truth, and Reconciliation. Contributors to the Journal Keith Barney, Ana Manero, Safa Fanaian, and Quentin Grafton align their experiences of water justice in a comprehensive discussion about collective action committed toward common goals.

The Special Edition Journal can be found here.

Journal Articles by Panellists:
Doctor Ana Manero – Perceptions of Tanzanian smallholder irrigators on impact pathways between water equity and socioeconomic inequalities.
Associate Professor Keith Barney – Impounded rivers, compounded injustice: contesting the social impacts of hydraulic development in Laos.
Professor Quentin Grafton & Safa Fanaian – Bending towards water justice: pathways for truth, reconciliation, inclusion, and transformative actions.

This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice Hub,  UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

Australia – Restoring Connections to Water

Description

This podcast tells the story of Water in Australia. The living connection to water from our First Peoples and native species relies on undoing decades of damage. We are joined by guests who have fought for their land, for their water, and for their environments. Joined by water warriors, Kat and Tim discover how water is being undervalued and explore how to join the fight in restoring the precious relationships we share with water in Australia.

Discover more of Jamie Kirkpatrick‘s work and our reference for this podcast.

Find out more about Rikki Dank and her actions at COP26.

This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice Hub,  UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

Asia – The Might to Unite

Description

Our water needs are so varied in our roles as individuals, as part of a collective, and as part of the living world, that is difficult to see how it can be all things to all people. We ask so much of such a vital natural resource and we achieve a lot with it, but when we are not united in our intentions for water it can cause serious harm. How do you balance the priorities of individuals and government, or intergovernmental organizations and private industry, or between two different countries that share water resources? This episode of the Water Justice Podcast put Asia at the forefront. We try to understand how different needs for water are met and discover some innovative ways problems at the macro-scale are being addressed at the micro-scale.

Discover more of Chitrersh Saraswat‘s work and our reference for this podcast.

Follow Associate Brian Eyler‘s contributions to the Mekong with his book and the Mekong Dam Monitor.

Find out more about Bhakti Devi and her actions as The Urban Water Doctor.

This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice Hub,  UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

America – Eroded Trust in Corroded Pipes

Description

Inequitable access to drinking water is a problem worldwide, including in the so-called ‘Global North’. The United States of America, for example, is a wealthy country; yet many people lack access to clean, safe and affordable water. Water infrastructure is complicated and expensive, and the governance of water in the USA is fractured. Tim and Kat had the opportunity to discuss some of the challenges the USA faces and pathways to water justice with activists and academics. Join us in the third installment of the Water Justice Podcast to explore why safe water isn’t universal and the pathways to water equity in the USA. 

Discover more of Professor Maura Allaire‘s work and the paper referenced in this podcast.

Follow Associate Dr Sri Vedachalam‘s contributions to their field with the Environmental Policy Innovation centre and the Global Water Forum.

Find out more about Monica Lewis-Patrick and her actions at We The People of Detroit.

If you’re interested in more medical history, listen to Dr. Travis Brown‘s Podcast This Pathological Life

This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice Hub,  UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

Chapters
02:17 Water Pathology
08:09 Water complications in the US
17:06 How Americans interact with Water
31:21 Working toward water justice in the US