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Infrastructure Networks and Urban Inequality: The Political Geography of Water Flows in Bangalore

October 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

- Free

Infrastructure services such as water electricity and mass transit are central to urban livelihoods. Yet large populations in the developing world receive poor quality services or lack access entirely. This presentation will illustrate the importance of understanding network structure in analyzing the political geography of urban water supply in Bangalore India. It will focus on service frequency and predictability – dimensions of service quality that have received insufficient attention within the development literature. Drawing on data from a socially- and economically diverse section of eastern Bangalore it will show that household characteristics such as religion caste and income do not predict variation in the frequency or predictability of piped water; rather variation occurs at the “valve area” level or the smallest units at which water pressure can be distributed. Households in low-income valve areas receive more frequent and regular service than those in more affluent ones contrary to most of the political economy literature to date.Speaker: Alison Post


October 11, 2017
4:00 pm