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This past April, Harvard’s South Asia Institute hosted a workshop on Water and Poverty in Urban Slums as a component of its annual symposium. Video of this event will be available from their website later this summer, but we have a detailed summary of the discussion among the panelists. In an attempt to better understand the nature of the problem — access to adequate water of suitable quality for the residents of slums —  each of the panelists focused on a different aspect of water access and urban slum communities. This year’s panel follows up on the Urban Water Challenges 2014 SAI symposium panel. 

Sharmila Murthy, Heather Arney, and Ramnath Subbaraman during the panel.

Sharmila Murthy, Heather Arney, and Ramnath Subbaraman during the panel.

The panel included:

Heather Arney, Senior Manager of Information, Evaluation, and New Ventures, Water.org

Shafiqul Islam, Director, Water Diplomacy Program, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor, Water Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Sharmila Murthy, Assistant Professor of Law, Suffolk University; Visiting Scholar, Sustainability Science Program, Harvard Kennedy School

Ramnath Subbaraman, Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Research Advisor, Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action, and Research (PUKAR), Mumbai, India

Liza Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University

Download the PDF summary here.


Amanda Repella

Amanda C. Repella is the Water Diplomacy Global Network Coordinator at Tufts University.