Juliane Schillinger, University of Twente

Conflicts present countries and greater regions with unique obstacles to water resource management. A report by the World Bank finds that the populations of fragile and conflict-affected developing countries are more than twice as likely to be undernourished and lack clean water as in other developing countries. This research investigates how contextual factors related to conflict interact with each other and how they play a role for water resources management in different cases of ongoing conflict. The research’s specific objectives are to (i) assess contextual factors caused by acute conflict, (ii) identify relevant interactions between these factors, and (iii) identify concrete obstacles and opportunities for water management on different levels.

The research’s intended outputs are two-fold: on the one hand, case studies in the Middle East will provide tangible recommendations for partner organisations on the ground. On the other hand, an analytical framework for the identification of contextual interdependencies in complex settings will enable academics and practitioners to better assess the circumstances of resources management cases.