Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor Lucero Radonic was recently an invited panelist for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The title of the panel was “Household Water Insecurity in the Global North” which discussed setting a research agenda for studies of water insecurity. Dr. Radonic’s research focuses on the intersections of water rights and infrastructure, the science and micropolitics of climate change, and urbanization in Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Through her work, Dr. Radonic also seeks to expand the methods toolkit for social science research in human-environmental relations through engagement in interdisciplinary collaborations and methodological innovation.
The panel was hosted by Arizona State University and recorded. To watch the recording, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP4o9oHAfSc&list=PL00PFxcH85LNsG95rad9lMlsO6LtNdewQ&index=7
“Session Description: This panel extends new scholarship that reveals water security in the Global North to be a myth, and explores what can be done about it. Taking a relational approach, we argue household water insecurity is a product of institutionalized structures and power, manifests unevenly through space and time, and is reproduced places many assume are water‐secure. Our research shows how “social infrastructure”—relationships, cultural norms, and informal institutions—can address people’s urgent needs for safe, sufficient water against the backdrop of gaps in public water provision. Research and policy roadmaps to build from this work will be discussed.”