photograph of farmers in rural India.

The study was conducted in India and designed as an extended research practicum for UCSB students who have taken a course on Water Politics. The study was in partnership with WaterAid India (an international NGO). WaterAid was a natural choice as it brought in both local and policy perspectives on water and climate change. WaterAid’s field level partners were enthusiastic in their response and excited to partner in the study. In addition, research scholars from Delhi University participated in the study. The field partners included Aga Khan Development Network, Barh Mukti Andolan, Central Himalayan Rural Action Group, Centre for Advance Research & Development, Pragati Jubak Sangha, Prahit Samaj Sevi Sansthan, Pramath, Regional Centre for Development Cooperation, Swami Vivekanand Youth Movement among others. Students were paired with each of these organizations for about six months of the study period (extended from the initial expected duration of three months due to the disastrous second wave of Covid across India). Learn more about this Burdick project here.

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