Towards reflexive land and water management in Iran : linking technology, governance and culture

M.R. Balali

    Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU

    Abstract

    Key words: Qanat, land and water, sustainability, Industrial and reflexive modernity


    This PhD thesis is concerned with the causes and consequences of the environmental crisis and explores possible trajectories towards sustainable land and water management in Iran and other countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The basic assumption underlying the conceptual framework of this thesis is that soil and water technologies, social institutions and environmental mentalities are strongly interconnected; they co-evolve, shaping and reshaping one another in the process. The main research question concerns the changes within this network of technologies, institutions and mentalities that are required for a successful transition from industrial modernity to what sociologists like Ulrich Beck, Anthony Giddens and Scott Lash have called ‘reflexive’ modernity. In order to examine the possibilities and problems of a reflexive turn in land and water management in Iran and other MENA-countries, large-scale empirical studies were conducted among farmers and village informants, soil and water experts, and policymakers.

    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Wageningen University
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • Korthals, Michiel, Promotor
    • Keulartz, Jozef, Promotor
    Award date8 Sep 2009
    Place of Publication[S.l.]
    Publisher
    Print ISBNs9789085854272
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • land management
    • water management
    • resource management
    • technology
    • culture
    • iran
    • governance

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