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Ruth Idinoba

Research student,


My general research interests revolve around the intersections between politics, environment and development, with particular focus on the global south. Specific to this are topics relating to urban planning/development, urban water managementsocial justice and questions of inequality within urban spaces, political ecology, necropolitics and citizen participation.


  • MA Environment and Development, Lancaster University (2020)
  • BA (hons) Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University (2019)


Research interests

My PhD research interests focus on resource distribution, governance and socio-spatial inequalities in relation to urban water and more specifically on the role social media plays in shaping and influencing discourses on urban water resilience in sub-Saharan Africa.


Social media platforms in sub-Saharan Africa: their role and potential in shaping urban water resilience narratives

• Understand the potential offered by various social media platforms to improve awareness of public perceptions of water shocks in African cities.
• How may social media be utilized to comparatively highlight and assess the varying narratives of water stress and water shocks within urban spaces.
• The extent to which social media aggregates the challenges to efficient water supply and provides collective spaces of reflection that influence both citizen advocacy and government feedback.

Funding source

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Cardiff University)