PhD defence of Nick Bourguignon on the multi-scalar and multi-dimensional politics and contradictions of territorial transformations induced by Inter-Basin Water Transfers

On the 24 April I successfully defended my PhD dissertation at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). The dissertation explored the multi-scalar and multi-dimensional politics and contradictions of territorial transformations induced by Inter-Basin Water Transfers (IBWTs), particularly the Tagus-Segura Aqueduct in Spain. Taking the format of a scalar journey, the dissertation explores IBWT impacts worldwide, before descending into the crafting of different forms of hegemonic and counterhegemonic territories in the Tagus-Segura Aqueduct, the fabrication of irrigator subjects co-creating these territories, and the ethical implications of water-based more-than-human relationships and co-becoming from my own perspective as subject, inhabitant, and researcher. The chapters making up the dissertation are published as stand alone scientific articles or book chapters, aside from one chapter currently in peer review. I was accompanied and supported at the defence committee by my co-supervisors Sergio Villamayor Tomás (ICTA-UAB) and Rutgerd Boelens (Wageningen University), family and friends, as well as online by colleagues and mentors from the networks I am part of, the WEGO-ITN project and the Riverhood project. The defence committee consisted of Carles Sanchis Ibor from the Universitat Politècnica de València, David Saurí from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Leila Harris from the University of British Columbia, and I am thankful to them for their questions and patience for what was a very animated and enjoyable session.

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