Proceedings of the Seventh International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony: Contesting Hegemony (University of East Anglia, London, May 10 to 11, 2014)

By Magdalena A K Muir

This Seventh Workshop brought together researchers, activists and practitioners, to both deepen and broaden understanding of hydro-hegemony. The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) was a registered participant  in this proceeding. At the meeting, analysis of transboundary water interaction was deepened by exploring how transboundary water arrangements are contested, Recent shifts in power between states in the Nile Basin suggest a rapid erosion of Egyptian control of the flows, a change that was unthinkable fifty, fifteen, and even five years ago. Basin in entrenched water conflicts around the Euphrates, Jordan, Mekong, Ganges and elsewhere also face mounting or renewed tests to the status quo. Social and environmental justice movements around large dams continue to make themselves heard, as the water conflicts linger, and continue to contribute to broader political tensions between the states and people involved. A better appreciation of how efforts to challenge hydro-hegemonic arrangements may succeed or fail is expected to shed light on how water conflicts may be resolved, transformed, or simply replicated with different winners and losers. .The meeting also broadened the scope of hydro-hegemony by exploring how conventional thinking on water policy is influenced and can be interpreted by power relations. Dominant ideas like the classic hydro-cycle and IWRM continue to hold sway, even if they have been proven as fundamentally flawed in many contexts. New models such as the hydrosocial cycle and the hydro spiral challenge prevailing views and can help us achieve or perpetuate equitable, efficient and sustainable water use.


Further information

Conference Website


Workshop Proceeding


The HH7 Programme.

Three concept papers  were prepared for HH7:

Zeitoun, Cascão, Warner, Mirumachi, Farnum, and Matthews: Transboundary Water Interaction III – Contesting Hydro-Hegemonic Arrangements

Farnum: Contesting or Creating Hegemony? A critique of the London Water Research Group considering academic hegemony and traps in social justice research

Farnum: Beyond the Basin