Groundwater and resilience in Southern Africa
Assessing how groundwater resources in Southern Africa shape urban resilience.
To counter the burgeoning water deficit formed by the rapid expansion of towns and cities across Africa, many experts advocate the greater use of available groundwater resources.
However, whilst the technical means of accessing such resources are now relatively well understood, our understanding of the associated socio-economic and governance aspects are less strong.
This novel project explores how perceptions of groundwater differ between two cities: Cape Town (South Africa) and Windhoek (Namibia).
Building on this it then seeks to explore how groundwater can support the resilience of communities and understand the socio-economic spillovers associated with its development in the short and longer-term.