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Geography Taster Talk - "The Promise of the ocean: water, technology, and the geography of infrastructure"

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Where: Online

This online session will explore the role of the ocean as a ‘solution’ to the problem of climate change and potential water scarcities in our future.

It will include a 45-minute talk from an academic, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with the academic and a student ambassador studying Geography at QMUL.

In London and UK, as in many other places around the world, the prospect of converting seawater into potable water has been embraced as a ‘solution’ to the problem of climate change and potential water scarcities in our future.

Even though there is opposition to desalination plants as energy intensive projects, they are becoming increasingly common.

This talk will trace how urban water infrastructures have come to rely on such technologies and how geographers in particular have analysed the transformation of water into infrastructure.

It will discuss two case studies from the global north and south - London, UK and Chennai, India - posing the question, is the ocean the answer to urban needs of the present, not to mention the future?

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