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Just Waters: Thinking with Hydro-Social Relations for a More Just and Sustainable World

Research Team

Adele Perry
Annemieke Farenhorst
Bruno de Oliveria Jayme
Ayush Kumar
Shirley Thompson
Jocelyn Thorpe
Miguel Uyaguari
Nicole J. Wilson


Zou Zou Kuzyk
Kiera Ladner
Stephane McLachlan
Kendra Nixon
Ramanathan Sri Ranjan

Research Assistants

Kiersten Sanderson

Artwork: David Garneau, Winnipeg, 2008

Just Waters: Thinking with Hydro-Social Relations for a More Just and Sustainable World, is an interdisciplinary research project, funded by the University of Manitoba’s Ignite Program that is housed at the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba. The three-year project brings together researchers from seven faculties and ten departments at the UM including the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. It also includes a growing number of partnerships with research centres and organizations working towards water justice broadly speaking. The project is led by Dr. Adele Perry, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Arts (History and Women’s and Gender Studies). Perry has been the Director of the CHRR since 2020, and has more than two decades of experience leading research teams. She is deeply committed to collaborative, socially relevant, and engaged research related to water justice.

Chart includes a summary of all the researchers working on the Just Waters Research project. Participants span 7 faculties and 10 departments, along with four different research centres and networks.

Just Waters applies an interdisciplinary lens to water (in)justice and will work to move research to the next steps, whether it’s advocacy, knowledge mobilization, or policy recommendations. Beginning with the insights of Annishinaabeg knowledge, the framing of One Health and centering the hydro-social, Just Waters will operate both locally and at the global level, and their intersectionalities.

Just Waters is organized around three interrelated and overlapping clusters, each of which draws on wide interdisciplinary and interfaculty expertise, that sheds light on the relationship between water and justice.

Climate Change & Water

Image of evacuee tents under the northen lights.
Image: Evacuee Campground, High Level Alberta, 2024, Bill Braden/The Canadian Press via Associated Press

Indigenous Peoples & Water (In)justce

Artwork from Christi Belcourt
Image: Thunderbird Woman’s Mom by Christi Belcourt, https://christibelcourt.ca/products/water-is-life-thunderbird-mom

Histories & Futures of Water

Image: Roberts, W.E., Sketch of Greater Winnipeg Floodway, www.flickr.com/photos/manitobamaps/2342570695/

The Just Waters team will produce relevant, original, and timely responses to the ongoing questions surrounding water justice including as examples:

  • Podcast
  • Critical Conversations Speaker Series
  • Community Research Fund
  • Curriculum development
  • Open access materials

For more information on Just Waters, please contact chrrman@umanitoba.ca.

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