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https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-419
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2021-419

  25 Aug 2021

25 Aug 2021

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Power and Empowerment in Transdisciplinary Research: A Negotiated Approach for Peri-Urban Groundwater Problems in the Ganges Delta

Leon M. Hermans1,2, Vishal Narain3, Remi Kempers4, Sharlene L. Gomes1, Poulomi Banerjee5, Rezaul Hasan6, Mashfiqus Salehin6, Shah Alam Khan6, A.T.M. Zakir Hossain7, Kazi Faisal Islam7, Sheikh Nazmul Huda7, Partha Sarathi Banerjee8, Binoy Majumder8, Soma Majumder8, and Wil A. H. Thissen1 Leon M. Hermans et al.
  • 1Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 2Land and Water Management Department, IHE Delft Institute of Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 3Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India
  • 4Both ENDS, Amsterdam the Netherlands
  • 5SaciWATERs, Hyderabad, India
  • 6Institute for Water and Flood Management, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 7Jagrata Juba Shangha, Khulna, Bangladesh
  • 8The Researcher, Kolkata, India

Abstract. The co-creation of knowledge through a process of mutual learning between scientists and societal actors is an important avenue to advance science and resolve complex problems in society. While the value and principles for such transdisciplinary water research have been well established, the power and empowerment dimensions continue to pose a challenge, even more so in international processes that bring together participants from the global north and south. We build on earlier research to combine known phases, activities and principles for transdisciplinary water research with a negotiated approach to stakeholder empowerment. Combining these elements, we unpack the power and empowerment dimension in transdisciplinary research for peri-urban groundwater management in the Ganges Delta. Our case experiences show that a negotiated approach offers a useful and needed complement to existing transdisciplinary guidelines. Based on the results, we identify responses to the power and empowerment challenges, which add to existing strategies for transdisciplinary research. A resulting overarching recommendation is to engage with power and politics more explicitly from the inception of transdisciplinary activities, as a key input for problem framing.

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Transdisciplinary water research involves the co-creation of knowledge between various stakeholders, to advance science and resolve complex societal problems. In this paper, we describe challenges and responses to address power and politics as part of transdisciplinary research. This is done based on a project that combined known principles for transdisciplinary research with a negotiated approach, to support groundwater management in peri-urban villages in India and Bangladesh.