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Thread - fascinating stories of #development in #India from students @azimpremjiuniv. 8 week field projects -sampling of diverse insights from ~160 students across India. #1 - interior forest communities struggling to transition from forest to agricultural livelihoods
#2 - more #displacement of #indigenous communities due to exclusionary #conservation
#3 #displacement of tribal communities due to dams - a sadly common story of loss and misery, and ultimately of lopsided development #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#4 #displacement affects different people within a family in different ways. A superb short study showing how women, children, young men and the elderly differ in their perceptions. And how education plays a major role #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#5 by a young farmer, now a student - on the risks faced by his community of mid-sized farmers. Always fascinating to have our students study their own development contexts and share their insights with us #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#6 Alibagh - a village with aspirations of a city. Once a small village near Mumbai, with coconut groves and farms. Now iall urbanised, the trees are gone. Another fascinating #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv by a young resident of Alibagh who turned the lens on her own town
#7 in rural Orissa, practices of piped water management in remote villages. Wells knocked down by elephants, polluted by falling frogs and insects, infrastructure maintenance is a constant challenge. Learnings from the remotest corners of India #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#8 integrated watershed management in a dry landscape in south India - it is hard to keep motivated to repair infrastructure in times of drought - but you need them in good condition when the rains hit! #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#9 the polluted Rispana river in Dehradun. Illustrated with a superb use of GIS. Wetlands that treat sewage naturally are built over to create electricity dependent Sewage Treatment Plants in typical lopsided development misplanning. #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#10 rejuvenation of the Ganga has religious and ecological significance. A fascinating immersive study of the ways in which people relate to the Goddess and the river in Varanasi #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#11 A study of the Paani foundation water competitions in drought prone Maharashtra. A study of processes - can a competition shape water sustainability transformations? Obviously not yes/no, but some insights on strengths and weaknesses from #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#12 understanding the emergence of civic activism in Bangalore #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#13 in Delhi, a study of rooftop solar energy & behaviour change. Those who have more solar power begin to add more gadgets - air conditioners, washing machines etc. more renewables = more consumption? #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#14 everyday lives of pavement dwellers in Ahmedabad- a poignant ethnographic study of the lives of those living on the margins in India’s cities #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#15 Delhi’s northern Ridge forests - what role does NatureintheCity play in people’s imagination? #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#16 The horrific conditions of ragpickers in the Dhapa landfill in Kolkata #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#17 how do apartments and slums feel about garbage and waste segregation in Mumbai? Income status shapes our understanding of waste - as garbage or resource #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
#18 the de novo city of Amaravati - a study of farmers and land acquisition #8weekfieldprojects @azimpremjiuniv
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