I recently completed a one year (August 2017-July 2018) Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Grant and cross-cultural exchange program funded jointly by the U.S. Department of State and Government of India. During this time, I was working collaboratively with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)’s Disaster Research Programme and India’s National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) to study local technologies that communities in the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand and the high desert region of Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir) have been using and adapting to cope with water stress. In particular, I wanted to understand how knowledge practices that have guided communities in the past about how to survive floods and droughts and live with fluctuating water availability are being challenged by the impacts of climate change. At the same time, I documented specific strategies for managing water scarcity and overabundance (for example, too much water during certain times of the year with insufficient water at others) that could be improved through technical assistance or shared with communities facing similar challenges in other parts of India.
To learn more about this research check out Situated Survival: Documenting Local Strategies for Living with Disasters in Water-Stressed Communities of India or check out past posts at my blog.
My profile on the US-Fulbright Educational Foundation’s website is available here.