Podcasts

Voices for Water Series

Podcast 1: Introduction to the Voices for Water Series

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro (in Spanish)

In this introductory podcast we explain the objectives of the Series “Voices for Water” and present a succinct history of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network, its activities, and related issues.

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Podcasts listed in inverse chronological order

Podcast 21: Confronting the politics of inequality in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (in Portuguese)

Alex Caldera, Jose Esteban Castro and Julia Borges, with Carmen Castro and Gizele Martins
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.672066

Talk (in Portuguese) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and Julia Borges, State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro “Darcy Ribeiro”(UENF), Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this issue we feature Carmen Castro, sociologist, advisor to Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Chamber (CMRJ) and Gizele Martins, journalist and MA in education, culture and communication in urban peripheries, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This podcast is also part of the Dialogues on the Politics of Water Scarcity in Rio de Janeiro, an initiative of members of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network in Rio de Janeiro, with the coordination of Julia Borges and Simonne Texeira, State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro “Darcy Ribeiro”(UENF).

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Podcast 20: Lessons from the European Water Framework Directive process: a perspective from Spain (in Spanish)

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Leandro del Moral Ituarte
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.644387

Talk (in Spanish) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, UK. In this issue we feature Leandro del Moral Ituarte, Department of Geography, University of Seville, and member of the New Water Culture Foundation, Seville, Spain, who talks about the process that led to the passing of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) in the year 2000, some of the lessons that can be extracted from this process, and the challenges and opportunities facing its implementation. The talk also places emphasis on the campaigns by civil society organizations, committed academics, and other actors in support of the full implementation of the WFD to protect water sources and against the attempt by some governments and business lobbies to reduce the scope of the directive and soften regulatory controls. It refers to the recent ratification of the WFD by the European Commission.

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Podcast 19: The political and institutional challenges facing the crisis of water resources and water and sanitation services in Chile (in Spanish)

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Hugo Maturana Aguilar
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.3922234

Talk (in Spanish) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, UK. In this issue we feature Hugo Maturana Aguilar, President of the Workers Union of Valparaiso’s Company of Sanitary Works (ESVAL S.A.), and President of the Executive Directorship, National Federation of Workers of Sanitary Works (FENATRAOS), Chile, who talks about the challenges and opportunities facing water resources and water and sanitation services in Chile. The talk also focuses on the crisis triggered in the city of Osorno in July 2019, when the city was left without water supply for over two weeks by failures of the privatized Los Lagos Company of Sanitary Services (ESSAL), owned by the French multinational Suez. This podcast is part of the activities taking place within the Cooperation Agreement between the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network and the Public Services International (PSI), and the collaboration with the Confederation of Workers of Water, Sanitation, and Environment Services of the Americas (CONTAGUAS).

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Podcast 18: Sewer of Progress. Corporations, institutionalized corruption, and the struggle over the Santiago river (in Spanish)

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Cindy McCulligh
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.639120

Talk (in Spanish) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, UK. In this issue we feature Cindy McCulligh, Centre for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS), Guadalajara, Mexico, who talks about her book Sewer of progress: Industry and State in the pollution of the Santiago river (in Spanish), published in 2020 as part of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Publications Series. This book is a product of the 2018 Prize for PhD Students. It was co-published by the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network, the State University of Paraiba Press (EDUEPB), Brazil, CICCUS Editions, Argentina, and the University Institute for Research on Latin America (IELAT), University of Alcalá. The book is freely downloadable here.

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Podcast 17: Defending essential public services from privatization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (in Portuguese)

Alex Caldera, Jose Esteban Castro and Julia Borges, with Ary Girota
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.638920

Talk (in Portuguese) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and Julia Borges, State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro “Darcy Ribeiro”(UENF), Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this issue we feature Ary Girota, from the State Water and Sanitation Company (CEDAE), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conversation focuses on the threats of privatization of CEDAE and the negative impacts of the privatization of water and sanitation utilities in the city of Niteroi and in the Lakes Region of the State of Rio de Janeiro.
This podcast is also part of the Dialogues on the Politics of Water Scarcity in Rio de Janeiro, an initiative of members of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network in Rio de Janeiro, with the coordination of Julia Borges and Simonne Texeira, State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro “Darcy Ribeiro”(UENF).

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Podcast 16: The challenges of water politics and management in Amazonia (in Portuguese)

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Edna Castro
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo. 606657

Talk (in Portuguese) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom. In this issue we feature Edna Maria Ramos de Castro (Edna Castro), Centre of Higher Amazonian Studies (NAEA), Federal University of Para (UFPA), Belem, Para, Brazil. The conversation focuses on the challenges facing the Amazonian region regarding the politics of water and essential water and sanitation services, as well as the impacts of the promotion of extractivist activities (large-scale mining hydro energy production, etc.). The main emphasis is on the situation of Brazil’s Amazonian states and the country at large.

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Podcast 15: Challenges and prospects facing the politics and management of water and water and sanitation services in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (in Portuguese)

Alex Caldera, Jose Esteban Castro and Julia Borges, with Sergio Ricardo Verde and Marcos Helano Fernandes Montenegro
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.537928

Talk (in Portuguese) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and Julia Borges, State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro “Darcy Ribeiro”(UENF), Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this issue we feature Sergio Ricardo Verde, Coordinator, Baia Viva Movement, Rio de Janeiro, and Marcos Helano Fernandes Montenegro, Coordinator, National Observatory of Water and Sanitation Rights (ONDAS), Brazil. The conversation focuses on the politics of water management and water and sanitation services, particularly the threats of privatization of the State’s Water and Sanitation Company (CEDAE), the negative impacts of the privatization of water and sanitation utilities in the city of Niteroi and in the Lakes Region, as well as the difficulties caused by the current policies of the national and provincial governments that have raised the vulnerability of poor populations in Brazil, focusing on the situation of the State of Rio de Janeiro. This podcast is also part of the Dialogues on the Politics of Water Scarcity in Rio de Janeiro, an initiative of members of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network in Rio de Janeiro, with the coordination of Julia Borges and Simonne Texeira, State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro “Darcy Ribeiro”(UENF).

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Podcast 14: Inequality and injustice in Rio de Janeiro: the challenges facing water management, the provision of essential water and sanitation services, and public health (in Portuguese)

Alex Caldera, Jose Esteban Castro and Julia Borges, with Alexandre Pessoa Dias
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo. 523121

Talk (in Portuguese) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and Julia Borges, State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro “Darcy Ribeiro”(UENF), Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this issue we feature Alexandre Pessoa Dias, Coordinator, Laboratory of Professional Education in Health Surveillance, Polytechnic Health School Joaquim Venâncio, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conversation focuses on the politics of water management, water and sanitation services, and public health and the challenges facing Brazil, and particularly the State of Rio de Janeiro, given the serious situation affecting these essential services, including the extreme circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This podcast is also part of the Dialogues on the Politics of Water Scarcity in Rio de Janeiro, an initiative of members of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network in Rio de Janeiro, with the coordination of Julia Borges and Simonne Texeira, State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro “Darcy Ribeiro”(UENF).

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Podcast 13: Challenges facing the democratization of water politics and management in Brazil (in Portuguese)

Alex Caldera, Jose Esteban Castro and Julia Borges, with Pedro Blois
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo. 519914

Talk (in Portuguese) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and Julia Borges, State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro “Darcy Ribeiro”(UENF), Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this issue we feature Pedro Blois, President of Brazil’s National Federation of Urban Public Services (FNU), and Secretary of Promotion of Public Community Partnerships, Confederation of Water, Sanitation, and Environment of the Americas (CONTAGUAS). The conversation focuses on the situation of essential water and sanitation services in Brazil, particularly the threats of privatization of public utilities in several states, including Rio de Janeiro. This podcast is also part of the Dialogues on the Politics of Water Scarcity in Rio de Janeiro, an initiative of members of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network in Rio de Janeiro, with the coordination of Julia Borges and Simonne Texeira, State University of Northern Rio de Janeiro “Darcy Ribeiro”(UENF).

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Podcast 12: Violence, water, and the challenges of democratization in post-conflict Colombia

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Marlenny Diaz Cano, Javier Gonzaga Valencia Hernandez and Miguel R. Peña Varón (in Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.516420

Talk (in Spanish) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

In this issue we feature Marlenny Díaz Cano, Sergio Arboleda University, Santa Marta, Javier Gonzaga Valencia Hernández, University of Caldas and University of Manizales, and Miguel R. Peña Varon, University of the Valley (UNIVALLE), Cali, Colombia. The conversation focuses on the situation facing Colombia in the aftermath of the 2016 Peace Agreements. The main focus is on the different forms of violence facing social leaders, rural communities, and poor urban sectors, in relation to water related inequalities and injustices.

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Podcast 11: Water, Territory and Substantive Democracy: building political projects in defence of life

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Carmen Sosa and Oscar Rodriguez Leon (in Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.512406

Talk (in Spanish) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

In this issue we feature Carmen Sosa, National Commission in Defence of Water and Life (CNDAV), Montevideo, Uruguay, and Oscar Rodríguez Leon, Public Services International (PSI). Sub-regional Secretary for Mexico, Central America, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Cuba, Responsible for Water, Sanitation, and Environment in the American Continent, based in San Jose, Costa Rica. And Carmen Sosa de la Comisión Nacional en Defensa del Agua y de la Vida (Uruguay). The conversation focuses on World Water Day, 22 March 2020. See also the Declaration of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network for World Water Day 2020, available here.

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Podcast 10: Water related art, culture, communication, and education: inter- and transdisciplinary coordinations for the democratization of water Politics and management

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Claudia Elvira Romero Herrera and Ximena Irene Cabral (in Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.511271

Talk (in Spanish) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

In this issue we feature Claudia Elvira Romero Herrera, Autonomous University of Queretaro (UAQ), Queretaro, Mexico, and Ximena Irene Cabral, National University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina. The conversation focuses on the activities of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network Thematic Area 7 (https://waterlat.org/thematic-areas/ta7/), and discuses ongoing initiatives in Argentina and Mexico, such as “Underground Museum (Bajo Tierra Museo), Querétaro, that integrate interdisciplinary knowledge production combining social science, law, the technosciences, etc., with artistic, cultural, communicational and educational approaches to support democratisation processes related to water Politics and management. It also addresses TA7 regular activities such as the Short-video Competition.

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Podcast 9:
Water conflicts, violence, and capitalist territorialisation in Latin America

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Karina Kloster, Beatriz Torres, María Luisa Torregrosa, and Ana Pohlenz de Tavira (in Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.509164

Talk (in Spanish) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

In this issue we feature Karina Kloster, Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM), Beatriz Torres, University of Veracruz (Universidad Veracruzana), María Luisa Torregrosa, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO), and Ana Pohlenz de Tavira, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico. The conversation focuses on the publication of the special issue “Water conflicts, violence, and capitalist territorialisation in Latin America” (articles in Spanish), WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network Working Papers, Vol. 4, No 4, 2018, downloadable here.

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Podcast 8: The impacts of water-related disasters on elderly people and their families: interdisciplinary knowledge production and public policy challenges

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Aline Silveira Viana (in Portuguese and Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.504522

Talk (in Portuguese and Spanish) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom. In this issue we feature Aline Silveira Viana, member of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network and the Brazilian Association of Gerontology ABG). The conversation focuses on the book The Disaster and the Veiled Chaos. The individual, inter-personal and collective coping of the elderly and their families (in Portuguese), by the interviewee. The book is the result of her master’s thesis on the impacts of the 2011 water-related disaster that affected the community of Teresopolis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and won the 2016 WATERLAT-GOBACIT Student Prize. It is freely downloadable here.

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Podcast 7: The challenges of community water management in Latin America (2)

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Citlalli Becerril Tinoco, Carolina Blanco Moreno, and Elida Villalba Vargas Ebert (in Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.496877

Talk (in Spanish) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom. In this issue we feature Citlalli Becerril Tinoco, from Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), based at the Research Centre for Geo-spatial Information Sciences (CentroGeo), Queretaro, Mexico, Carolina Blanco Moreno, University of the Valley (UNIVALLE), Cali, Colombia, and Elida Villalba Vargas Ebert, University of St Gallen, Switzerland, addressing the challenges affecting community water management in Latin America (in Spanish). The conversation focuses on the debates that took place during the workshop “Water management, unequal relationships, vulnerability and poverty: social resistances and struggles”, jointly coordinated by Citlalli Becerril Tinoco and Carolina Blanco Moreno, that took place during the X International Meeting of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network in Chile, in October 2019.

la X Reunión Internacional de la Red WATERLAT-GOBACIT.
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Podcast 6: The challenges of community water management in Latin America

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Citlalli Becerril Tinoco (in Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.463869

Talk (in Spanish) with Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico and Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom. In this issue we feature Citlalli Becerril Tinoco, from Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT), based at the Research Centre for Geo-spatial Information Sciences (CentroGeo), Queretaro, Mexico, addressing the challenges affecting community water management in Latin America (in Spanish). The conversation focuses on the debates that took place during the workshop “Water management, unequal relationships, vulnerability and poverty: social resistances and struggles”, jointly coordinated by Citlalli Becerril Tinoco and Carolina Blanco Moreno, from the University of the Valley (UNIVALLE), Cali, Colombia, that took place during the X International Meeting of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network in Chile, in October 2019.

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Podcast 5: Defending Territory and Dignity

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Alice Poma (in Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.428258

Talk (in Spanish) with Jose Esteban Castro, National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Argentina and Newcastle University, United Kingdom and Alex Caldera, University of Guanajuato, Mexico. In this issue we feature Alice Poma, Institute of Social Research (IIS), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico), who talks about her book Defending Territory and Dignity. Emotions and Cultural Change in the Struggles against Dams in Spain and Mexico (in Spanish), published in 2017 as part of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Publications Series. This book is a product of the 2014 Prize for PhD Students (https://waterlat.org/waterlat-student-prize/waterlat-gobacit-student-prize-2014/). It was co-published by the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network, the State University of Paraiba Press (EDUEPB), Brazil, the School of Hispanic-American Studies (EEHA), Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), Spain, and ITESO University Editions, Mexico. The book is freely downloadable here.

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Podcast 4: Politics of Water Specialisation Course

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Oscar Rodriguez (in Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.417425

Talk (in Spanish) about the Specialisation Course “Politics and Management of Water and Basic Water and Sanitation Services”, organised jointly by the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network and the Public Services International (PSI), with support from the Jesuit University of Guadalajara (ITESO), Jalisco, Mexico, featuring Jose Esteban Castro, Course’s Academic Director and Oscar Rodriguez, ISP Sub-regional Secretary for Mexico, Central America, Panama, Dominican Republic and Cuba. Visit the Course page.

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Podcast 3: Water Territorialities

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Anahit Aharonian, Claudia Piccini, and Mario Edgar Lopez Ramirez (in Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.417413

Talk (in Spanish) with the main editor ad several co-authors of the book Water Territorialities. Knowledge and action to build the future that we want (in Spanish and Portuguese), co-published in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom and Buenos Aires, Argentina by WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network (DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.373411) and CICCUS Editions (ISBN: 978-987-693-801-3 [E-book]. The book is freely available here.

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Podcast 2: Water Power and Rationalization

Alex Caldera and Jose Esteban Castro, with Jorge Daniel Ivars (in Spanish) –
DOI: 10.5072/zenodo.414115

In this issue we feature Jorge Daniel Ivars (CONICET, Mendoza, Argentina), who talks about his book Water, Power and Rationalization (in Spanish), published in 2019 (1st ed.; 2nd ed. 2020) as part of the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Publications Series. This book is a product of the 2015 Prize for PhD Students. It was co-published by the WATERLAT-GOBACIT Network, the State University of Paraiba Press (EDUEPB), Brazil, CICCUS Editions, National University of Quilmes, Argentina, Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO), Guadalajara, México, and University Institute for Research on Latin America (IELAT), University of Alcalá, Spain, 2nd ed., 2020.. The book is freely available here.

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