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LINDA ESTELÍ MÉNDEZ BARRIENTOS – Colloquium

March 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

THE ENERGY AND RESOURCES GROUP and THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, POLICY, AND MANAGEMENT PRESENT:

SPEAKER: Linda Estelí Méndez Barrientos
DATE: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
TIME: 4:00-5:30pm
PLACE: 126 Barrows

TITLE:
Dealing with Change: Integrating power scholarship into environmental governance

DESCRIPTION:
Current governance theory has not adequately addressed how power asymmetries and inequality
affect decision-making processes and the distribution of its outcomes. This talk presents a
transdisciplinary effort to bridge diverse power scholarship traditions into an integrated
framework for policy analysis. A case study on collaborative environmental governance is
analyzed, illustrating the framework’s applicability. Using the implementation of groundwater
governance reform in California, the talk presents empirical data collected through 250 hours of
participant observation and 30 semi-structured in-depth interviews with groundwater reform
participants. The presentation discusses the challenges of multi-stakeholder cooperation in
defining inclusive and representative arrangements, as well as the effectiveness of policy
processes in developing sustainable and equitable groundwater management institutions in
California.

SPEAKER:
Linda Estelí Méndez Barrientos is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental
Science and Policy at the University of California Davis. She is also a National Science
Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and National Science Foundation trainee in the
Climate Change, Water and Society program at UC Davis. Her research seeks to improve
our understanding of the role of inequality and power asymmetries in processes of
institutional change and policy implementation. Currently, she is studying the
implementation of groundwater management reform in California. Previously, she worked in
South Africa where she studied the implementation of the National Water Act in its effort to
redress apartheid’s heritage of inequality. She also holds two masters degrees, one on
Water Management from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the other on
Agricultural Policy from Montpellier SupAgro in France.

Details

Date:
March 4
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST
Event Category:

Organizers

Energy and Resources Group
Department of Environnmental Science, Policy, and Management

Venue

126 Barrows Hall
126 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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