Water conflicts, science and the media

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This podcast is supported by the DUPC2 project.

Journalists have a crucial role to play in creating inspirational and transformative narratives relating to the world’s complex water conflicts, specialists say in the first episode of a three-part podcast series on water conflict and cooperation.

In this episode, special guests discuss their research on the role of the media in water diplomacy, which features in a new expert guide for journalists and policymakers launched by the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

Water Conflicts and Cooperation: A Media Handbook is available as an open access eBook.

Episode guests

Emanuele Fantini, senior lecturer and researcher, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

Rasha Dewedar, freelance science and gender journalist.

Nitasha Nair, policy and management specialist.

This episode features High Water by Artem Bember, under Creative Commons.


Join SciDev.Net on 1 March, 2021 for a live, online debate on reporting water conflict and cooperation. The debate will bring together the water diplomacy community, including journalists, researchers, peace and security specialists, and diplomacy experts.


This podcast is produced by the project ‘Open Water Diplomacy. Media, Science and Transboundary Cooperation in the Nile Basin’, funded by DUPC2, the programmatic cooperation between the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the period 2016-2020. The podcast has not been subjected to peer and/or policy review by DGIS or IHE Delft, and, therefore, does not necessarily reflect the views of these institutions.