According to the United Nations, around 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. In Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley, domestic water insecurity is persistent and widespread as households often struggle to access enough clean water. Without the ability to trust and rely on basic services, like piped water provision, urban residents take on heavy burdens to care for their households and larger communities. Despite these burdens, popular water security narratives often overlook matters of how people in their daily lives make sense of, and respond to, the insecurities of development. Based on seven years of research, this presentation draws on spatial narratives of water insecurity in the Kathmandu Valley to challenge common narratives about water security and reveal socio-spatial conditions that shape experiences of (in)security.
After recently completing her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oregon, Olivia Molden has joined Earth Economics as a project director. Olivia received her B.A. from Whitman College in Environmental Sociology. Advised by Dr. Katie Meehan, her M.A. and Ph.D. (2019) are from the University of Oregon, Department of Geography. Olivia has publications on the subjects of urban development, water security, and environmental research methods. To learn more visit, https://www.oliviacm.com/ and https://www.eartheconomics.org/oliviamolden.