Raul Pacheco-Vega is a Professor in the Methods Lab of the Latin American Faculty for Social Sciences (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO) Sede Mexico. A political scientist and geographer, Raul specialises in comparative public policy with a focus on North American environmental politics – including sanitation and water governance -, transnational social movements and experimental methods in public policy. He is also the founder of #ScholarSunday, an initiative to build an academic community online.
Raul has furnished us with a selection of ten superb pieces from our archives. You’ll learn more about water insecurity, the invisibility of homeless people in public space, the political economy of plastics and the rule of law as legal despotism.
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I love The Syllabus! Both the exercise of curating a selection AND reading others’ curated materials is extraordinarily enlightening!– Raul Pacheco-Vega
Farhana Sultana manages to analyse in an intersectional manner many of the challenges facing urban water governance. This is a really spectacularly well done piece on water insecurity. Sultana’s work on intersectional lenses and water governance is simply superb.
This article really opened my eyes to understanding homelessness issues through a gender lens.
Everything Amber Wutich writes is extraordinary. She really has further our understanding of water insecurity at a global scale across disciplines. Her understanding of household water insecurity is unparallelled.
We tend to hear or read a lot about neo-extractivism and Indigenous peoples, but this article really seems to zero in on its particularities in Bolivia. How Indigenous people resist extractive industries is definitely dependent on the country under study, so I was really keen to read this article to understand Bolivian water much more in depth.
Homelessness is an area of research that is relatively new to me. I have seen individuals facing homelessness using bicycles but I had never considered the issue of accessibility and how denying this access is also impinging on homeless individuals’ human rights.
Homelessness policy is challenging and complex, and this article manages to switch the focus from housing to poverty alleviation.
Plastics seem to be such a developing country perspective that I was really surprised and excited to read this Canadian perspective on plastics and pollution.
Financing water access is always a challenge and I want to see which kinds of options are available for improved implementation of the human right to water.
Never considered “legal despotism” as being part of enforcement and rule of law!
Definitely a fantastic read on how we don’t develop policies for homeless individuals simply because they are invisible to us.
More by Raul Pacheco-Vega – from our Stacks
Our archive of high-quality content across text, video and audio – our “Living Syllabus” – has already reached over 25,000 items and grows larger every week.
Here are some recent pieces by or featuring Raul from those archives:
- Environmental regulation, governance, and policy instruments, 20 years after the stick, carrot, and sermon typology (article)
- When do environmental NGOs work? A test of the conditional effectiveness of environmental advocacy (article)
- Interview in Crosscurrents (podcast)
- Human right to water and bottled water consumption (book chapter)
- Governing Urban Water Conflict through Watershed Councils—A Public Policy Analysis Approach and Critique (article)
- Water, waste, Covid, and the invisibility of life support systems (podcast)
- (Re)theorizing the Politics of Bottled Water: Water Insecurity in the Context of Weak Regulatory Regimes (article)
We’ve featured many fantastic individuals in this series: artists, musicians, academics, writers, journalists, politicians, and more. For the full list and to browse their selections.
A handful of our contributors so far:
- Brian Eno – Musician, Record Producer, Visual Artist
- Hito Steyerl – Artist, Filmmaker, Writer
- Adam Tooze – Professor of History at Columbia University
- Shehla Rashid – Activist & Academic
- Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst – Musicians, Artists, Technologists
- Raquel Rolnik – Architect & Urban Planner
- Kaiser Kuo – Writer, Musician, Podcaster
- Li Andersson – Finland’s Minister of Education and the Chairperson of the Left Alliance party
- Ivan Krastev – Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences in Vienna
- Fabrizio Barca – Italian Politician, founder of Forum on Inequality and Diversity
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