Author: Emanuele Fantini

Teaching visual storytelling on water

A new article reflects on the experience of IHE Delft summer course “Visual methods for water communication”. Video making is a collective effort through which students can learn not only communication skills but also competences for collaboration and trans-disciplinarity. The protagonists of the summer course third edition (2019) After three…

What do we mean by interdisciplinarity in water research?

As the research phase of IHE Delft MSc program in Water Management and Governance kicks off, we share the first outcomes of an action research on interdisciplinarity involving the students that just graduated and their supervisors. Who’s against interdisciplinarity? Everyone – at least on paper – seems to recognise its…

Transforming media narratives to transform water conflicts

From February 12 to 16, IHE Delft will host the workshop “Media, science and water: Telling the story of the Nile” bringing together journalists, photographers and researchers from different Nile basin countries to practice storytelling skills for science communication and to co-create new narratives that can facilitate transboundary connections. Last…

A few of our favourite water books

Usually this kind of posts come at the end of the year. We are a bit late, but still hope to inspire you with this selection of the best water books we read in 2018. Enjoy! Simon Winchester, Exactly. How precision engineers created the modern world, Harper Collins, 2018. by…

Who speaks for the river?

The new episode of the podcast “The sources of the Nile” features a dialogue between researchers from different disciplines, three journalists, a writer and a water expert, on who should speak for the Nile and how this can be done. In our research on Nile coverage in the Egyptian, Ethiopian,…

Nile media debates: getting Sudan in the picture

Yesterday, May 3rd, World Press Freedom Day was celebrated all around the world. Two special – and personal – mentions: the first one for my colleague Iginio Gagliardone (University of Wits, Johannesburg), lead researchers with Nicole Streamlau (University of Oxford) and Monroe Price (University of Pennsylvania), of the UNESCO report…

Why are water wars back on the agenda? And why we think it’s a bad idea!

This is a collective post written by: Ana Elisa Cascão; Alvar Closas; Emanuele Fantini; Goitom Gebreleul; Tobias Ide; Guy Jobbins; Rémy Kinna; Flávia Rocha Loures; Bjørn-Oliver Magsig; Nate Matthews; Owen McIntyre; Filippo Menga; Naho Mirumachi; Ruby Moynihan; Alan Nicol; Terje Oestigaard; Alistair Rieu-Clarke; Jan Selby; Suvi Sojamo; Larry Swatuk; Rawia…

Nile day: should Egypt celebrate?

People in Cairo enjoy celebrating on the Nile after sunset, jumping on glittering boats with loudspeakers full volume and sailing on the river crossing the city center. Episode 3 of the podcast “The sources of the Nile” has been released this week to join official celebrations of #NileDay2018. Feb 22…

Bathing without water

New publication on everyday practices of sanitation and hygiene in the low-income areas of Lilongwe, Malawi Hygiene matters to people! by Maria Rusca, Cecilia Alda-Vidal and Nienke Kral What do good smell, personal cleanliness, a spotless environment, clean clothes, and tidy appearance have in common? This is what matters to…

Picturing waters: a review of participatory visual research on water governance

In Cairo at the sunset the bridges are transformed in open air cafes: unconcerned by the noisy traffic, people align their plastic chairs on the sidewalk and drink tea while watching the flow of the Nile. Everywhere in the world people enjoy sitting by lakes, rivers, sea, canals and watching…

Media, science and water diplomacy: a Nile hydropolis?

Which role do media and science communication play in controversies over transboundary waters? This is one of the research questions addressed by the project “Open Water Diplomacy. Media, science and transboundary cooperation in the Nile basin”, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by IHE Delft, University…

Playing Ravilla. When the game gets serious

by Jaap Evers On the first three days of February we played one of our serious games with the students of the Water Management and Governance MSc programme. Since several years we play Ravilla, a transboundary river basin management role play, within the module of Water Economics (although the game…

Lights, camera, action! Students’ documentaries on water governance

by Tatiana Guerrero and Jeltsje Kemerink The New Year at UNESCO-IHE always starts exciting; in the first week of January the Water Governance Documentary Festival takes place! Six groups of master students enrolled in the water governance module produce in less than a month time a 10-minute documentary on an…
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