Summer 2012

The Right to Water Study Group examines issues related to access to water and sanitation, human rights and international development.  All are welcome.

Summer 2012

Wednesday, June 20 from 12 noon-1 pm,

Carr Center Conf Room (R-219)

 

Sharon Davis: "The challenge of setting sustainable water diversion limits: lessons from the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia"

About the speaker:

Sharon Davis is a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow and Fulbright Professional Scholar with the Harvard Water Security Initiative. Sharon’s research will share the Australian experience of setting sustainable water resource diversion limits, identify potential opportunities for future development, and evaluate the applicability of the approach used in the Murray-Darling Basin to other countries as part of the Harvard Water Initiative.

Sharon’s experience covers a diverse range of water resource management issues, particularly at the interface between science and policy.  Most recently Sharon held the position of General Manager, Environmental Planning with the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Her responsibilities included evaluating the environmental water requirements of the Murray –Darling Basin and assessing the social and economic impacts of reduced irrigation water availability.   Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors and Ph.D from Monash University (Australia). She received the Murray-Darling Basin Commission Leadership Award; and was a Member of the Murray-Darling Basin Reform Task-force.  She represented the Murray-Darling Basin Commission on the Mekong River Commission/Murray-Darling Basin Commission Strategic Liaison Partnership Mission in 2007.

Follow Up Materials:

Tuesday, June 26 from 12 noon to 1 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

 

Ramnath Subbaraman: "Thirsting for change in Mumbai's slums: water and health in a setting of legal exclusion"

 

About the Speaker:

Ramnath Subbaraman is a physician who has spent the last two years performing community-based research in a marginalized slum in Mumbai, as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration between PUKAR (a Mumbai-based NGO), the Harvard School of Public Health, and New York University. This collaboration explored a variety of public health issues in slums, including core public health indicators, water access and contamination, diarrheal illness, mental health, and slum fires. Ramnath is a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine and the internal medicine program at the University of California at San Francisco. In July, he will join a fellowship at the Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital program for clinical specialization in infectious diseases.

Wednesday, July 18, 12 noon - 1 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

 

Arani Kajenthira: "Seeking sustainability in water management: from the natural sciences to public policy."

 

About the Speaker:

Arani Kajenthira is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her research interests include: the impact of public policy in facilitating effective technology translation to developing nations; the intersection between environmental science, technology, and public policy; and the role of public policy in the management and distribution of water resources, particularly in light of climate change. A biological engineer, Arani focused on the use of nanotechnology in the remediation of inorganic mercury during her doctoral studies as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford (UK). Prior to her fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, Arani worked as a Social Change Fellow with Engineers Without Borders (Canada), designing a framework and the requisite resources to integrate greater social consciousness into the engineering curriculum.

Follow Up Materials:

Wednesday, July 25, 12 noon - 1 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

 

Erik Wurster: "Leveraging Carbon Finance for Development Benefits."

 

About the Speaker:

Erik Wurster is Managing Director of UpEnergy, a company that leverages carbon finance to build and support distribution channels in emerging markets for household energy products such as efficient cookstoves. Erik oversees project implementation, carbon asset development, business strategy and investor relations. Prior to joining UpEnergy, Erik co-founded E+Carbon, Inc, E+Co’s carbon finance subsidiary company. He grew E+Carbon’s project portfolio to include some of the world’s first cookstove carbon finance projects developed in accordance with the Gold Standard, as well as one the earliest multi-country program of activities under the CDM focused on cookstoves. Erik co-authored the latest version of the Gold Standard cookstove methodology and served on the Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Carbon Finance Working Group. Prior to building E+Carbon, Erik worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme’s sustainable energy department and before that, for a Norway-based energy efficiency consulting company. Erik holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Follow Up Materials:

Wednesday, August 1, 2 - 3 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

 

Fatima Mendikulova: "Water Issues in Central Asia."

 

About the Speaker:

Fatima Mendikulova is the program assistant for the Human Right to Water and Sanitation Program. Ms. Mendikulova is originally from Kyrgyzstan, and has been doing research on water issues in Ferghana Valley, a very unique area that sits between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kygyzstan. Similar to a presentation she gave on this topic in the spring of 2011, Ms. Mendikulova will be including new observations based on her most recent visit to the region.