Making Water Security: A Morphological Account of Nile River Development, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Making Water Security

A Morphological Account of Nile River Development, 1st Edition

By Hermen Smit

CRC Press

255 pages

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Paperback: 9780367460044
pub: 2020-02-04
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This book examines Nile water security through the morphology of the river: it uses the always changing form of the river as a theoretical and empirical device to map and understand how infrastructures and discourses dynamically interact with the Nile. By bringing a history of two centuries of dam development on the Nile in relation with the drainage of a hill slope in Ethiopia on the one hand and irrigation reform in Sudan on the other, the author shows how the scales, units and ‘populations’ figuring in projects to securitize the river emerge through the rearrangement of its water and sediments. The analysis of ‘Making water security’ is more than yet another story of how modern projects of water security have legitimized often violent dispossessions of Nile land and water. It shows how no water user is confined by the roles assigned by project engineers and planners. As ongoing modern ‘development’ of the river reduces the prospects for new large diversions of water, the targeted subjects of development and modernization make use of newly opened spaces to carve out their own projects. They creatively mobilize old irrigation and drainage infrastructures in ways that escape the universal logic of water security.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Materializing water security – two hundred years of modern hydraulic development on the Nile (1817-2017), The political morphology of drainage – how gully formation links to state formation in the Choke Mountains of Ethiopia, Friction along the canal - reforming irrigation infrastructure and water user identities in the Gezira scheme in Sudan, The (re)making of a water accounting culture - entanglements of water science and development in the Waha irrigation scheme of Sudan, Conclusion.

About the Author

Hermen Smit teaches Water Governance at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. His work focuses on the making of water infrastructures to understand the politics of water engineering.

About the Series

IHE Delft PhD Thesis Series

IHE Delft PhD programme leads to a deepening of a field of specialisation. PhD fellows do scientific research, often with conclusions that directly influence their region. At IHE Delft, PhD researchers from around the world participate in problem-focused and solution-oriented research on development issues, resulting in an inspiring research environment. PhD fellows work together with other researchers from many countries dealing with topics related to water and the environment.

PhD research is often carried out in the ‘sandwich’ model. Preparation and final reporting – the first and last portion of the programme – are carried out in Delft, while actual research is done in the fellow’s home country, under co-supervision of a local institute. Regular contacts with the promotor are maintained through visits and long-distance communication. This enables researchers to employ solutions directly to problems in their geographical region.

IHE Delft PhD degrees are awarded jointly with a university. The degrees are highly valued and fully recognised in all parts of the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply