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Department of Development Studies

Professor Peter P Mollinga

MSc, PhD (Wageningen NL), PD/Habil (Bonn, Germany)

Overview

Peter Mollinga
Department of Development Studies

Professor of Development Studies

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Academic Staff, Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

SOAS Food Studies Centre

Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre

Centre for Water and Development

Director, Centre for Water and Development

Agrarian Change and Development

Research Cluster Member

Name:
Professor Peter P Mollinga
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4631
Fax:
skype: mollinga-peterp
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
4415
Office Hours:
By appointment only

Teaching

Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Aled Williams, Comparative Research on Social and Political Accountability in the Implementation of National REDD+ Programmes (working title)
  • Amrita Lamba, Strong State-Society Synergy for Inclusive Natural Resources Governance: Comparing Brazil and South Africa
  • Mohammad Jahirul Hoque, Cultural, Political and Economic Mechanisms in the Concurrent Processes of Environmental Degradation and Decline of Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh (working title)
  • Musa Mckee, ‘Just Add Water’ - The Alchemy of Authoritarian Rule in Large-Scale Agricultural and Residential Developments in Egyptian Deserts during the Mubarak Era. (working title)

Peter Mollinga has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on irrigation & development, intervention methodologies for irrigation reform, and research methods at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. At ZEF, Bonn he has taught on inter- and transdisciplinarity as part of a PhD teaching programme, and a Masters course on Development Sociology at Bonn University. He has supervised 22 PhD students as main/first supervisor, of which 14 are completed, and 8 ongoing.

Research

Based on earlier research on the political economy of irrigation water management, agrarian change and technology, and inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to natural resources management, I seek to build a research programme at SOAS around the following, related, thematics, grounded in critical realist ontology and epistemology.

  1. The comparative study of water politics, with a focus on the configurations, processes, mechanisms and outcomes of globalisation-localisation dynamics in freshwater management.
  2. The cultural political economy of agriculture and environmental resources, with a focus on complexity, contestation, and the emergent character of their dynamics.
  3. Processes of boundary work in efforts at ‘integrated’ and ‘adaptive’ management and governance of water and other natural resources, with a focus on innovation in knowledge, technology and institutions.

New PhD, postdoc and externally funded project research is pursued with these thematic foci in mind.

Water politics

My study of water politics, employing stepwise small/medium-N QCA (Qualitative Comparative Analysis) or other comparative methods, is interested in analysing in the globalisation-localisation dynamics of freshwater management under neoliberalism, as intensified post-1990. Research is interested in understanding how different processes characterising neoliberalism (like privatisation, financialisation, re-regulation, corporatisation) play out in the water domain, how different ‘technologies of power ‘ are deployed in these processes (like law, policy and rights; knowledge and ideas; markets and money; technology and landscapes),what are modes of contestation in the everyday politics, politics of policy, hydropolitics and global politics of water, and what their connections and outcomes are.

Cultural political economy of agriculture and environmental resources


In this research I am to explore whether a cultural political economy perspective on agriculture, the agricultural labour process, and sustainable agriculture (policy) can help to develop new approaches to agrarian change and innovation , incorporating insights and perspectives from political ecology analyses of agriculture, analyses of changing rural-urban configurations, and analyses of ‘new agrarian movements’ with broadly based agendas of social and ecological transformation, as well as from proposals for and practices of ‘post-carbon agriculture’.

Boundary work in NRM

My interest in inter- and transdisciplinary research on natural resources management is pursued and reflected upon by investigation of the form that ‘boundary processes’ take in (purportedly) integrative, adaptive and/or inclusive approaches to natural resources management and governance. Such processes are thought to involve boundary concepts (to think across disciplinary, research-policy, lay-expert, and other boundaries), boundary objects (devices and methods to take decisions and act across boundaries), and boundary settings (the institutional and organisational arrangements facilitating boundary processes). The research is particularly interested in analysing boundary processes in situations of social differentiation, polarisation and conflict, i.e. where playing fields are not level, and how innovation in knowledge, technology and institutions does (not) occur in such situations.

Expertise

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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • Central Asia
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
  • India
  • Uzbekistan
Languages
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German

Publications

Edited Books

Mollinga, Peter and Bhat, Anjali and Saravanan, S.V., eds. (2010) When policy meets reality: Political dynamics and the practice of integration in water resources management reform. Berlin: LIT Verlag.

Wall, Caleb R.L. and Mollinga, Peter, eds. (2008) Fieldwork in difficult environments. Methodology as boundary work in development research. Berlin: LIT Verlag. (ZEF development studies, v. 7)

Mollinga, Peter and Dixit, Ajaya and Athukorala, Kusum, eds. (2006) Integrated water resources management in South Asia. New Delhi: Sage. (Water in South Asia, v. 1)

Mollinga, Peter and Bolding, Alex, eds. (2004) The politics of irrigation reform. Contested policy formulation and implementation in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. (Global Environmental Governance series)

Mollinga, Peter, ed. (2000) Water for food and rural development. Approaches and initiatives in South Asia. New Delhi: Sage.

Book Chapters

Mollinga, Peter (2013) 'Boundary concepts for the interdisciplinary analysis of irrigation water management in South Asia.' In: Roth, Dik and Vincent, Linden, (eds.), Controlling the water: Matching technology and institutions in irrigation and water management in India and Nepal. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 342-365.

Mollinga, Peter and Bhat, Anjali (2010) 'When policy meets reality: The embeddedness and contestation of water resources management.' In: Mollinga, Peter and Bhat, Anjali and Saravanan, S.V., (eds.), When policy meets reality: Political dynamics and the practice of integration in water resources management reform. Berlin: LIT Verlag, pp. 1-25.

Yalcin, Resul and Mollinga, Peter (2010) 'Water Users Associations in Uzbekistan: the introduction of a new institutional arrangement for local water management.' In: Mollinga, Peter and Bhat, Anjali and Saravanan, S.V., (eds.), When policy meets reality: Political dynamics and the practice of integration in water resources management reform. Berlin: LIT Verlag, pp. 97-126.

Abdullayev, I. and Mielke, K. and Mollinga, Peter and Monsees, J. and Schetter, C. and Shah, U. and ter Steege, B. (2010) 'Water, war and reconstruction irrigation management in the Kunduz region, Afghanistan.' In: Arsel, M. and Spoor, M., (eds.), Water, Environmental Security and Sustainable Rural Development: Conflict and cooperation in Central Asia. Routledge, pp. 21-49. (ISS Studies in Rural Livelihoods)

Slootweg, Roel and Mollinga, Peter (2009) 'The impact assessment framework.' In: Slootweg, Roel and Rajvanshi, Asha and Matur, Vinod B. and Kolhoff, Arend, (eds.), Biodiversity in Environmental Assessment: Enhancing Ecosystem Services for Human Well-Being. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 87-124. (Biodiversity and Vonservation series)

Mollinga, Peter (2008) 'Field research methodology as boundary work: An introduction.' In: Wall, Caleb R..L. and Mollinga, Peter, (eds.), Fieldwork in difficult environments. Methodology as boundary work in development research. Berlin: LIT Verlag, pp. 1-17. (ZEF Development Studies)

Mollinga, Peter (2008) 'Water policy – Water politics: Social engineering and strategic action in water sector reform.' In: Scheumann, Waltina and Neubert, Susanne and Kipping, Martin, (eds.), Water Politics and Development Cooperation: Local Power Plays and Global Governance. Berlin: Springer Verlag, pp. 1-29.

Mollinga, Peter (2008) 'The Water Resources Policy Process in India: Centralisation, Polarisation and New Demands on Governance.' In: Ballabh, Vishwa, (ed.), Governance of water. Institutional Alternatives and Political Economy. New Delhi: Sage, pp. 339-370.

Merrey, Douglas J. and Meinzen-Dick, Ruth and Mollinga, Peter and Karar, Eiman (2007) 'Policy and Institutional Reform Processes for Sustainable Agricultural Water Management: The Art of the Possible.' In: Molden, David, (ed.), Water for Food Water for Life: A Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. London: Earthscan, pp. 193-231.

Mollinga, Peter (2006) 'IWRM in South Asia: A concept looking for a constituency.' In: Mollinga, Peter and Dixit, Ajaya and Athukorala, Kusum, (eds.), Integrated water resources management in South Asia. New Delhi: Sage, pp. 21-37. (Water in South Asia series No.1)

Bock, B.B. and Mollinga, Peter (2006) 'Gender dimensions of rural livelihoods in Uzbekistan: the importance of emergent entrepreneurship and migration.' In: Majerová, Věra, (ed.), Countryside - our world : collection of papers of international conference. Prague: Ceska zemedelska univerzita v Praze (Czech University of Agriculture Prague), pp. 72-79.

Mollinga, Peter (2005) 'Gao Hong and Anjali Mohan Bhatia ‘Leadership and turnover. The contradictions of irrigation management reform in the People’s Republic of China.' In: Shivakoti, Ganesh and Vermillion, Douglas and Lam, W.F. and Ostrom, Elinor and Pradhan, Ujjwal and Yode, Robert, (eds.), Asian Irrigation in Transition: Responding to Challenges. New Dehli: Sage, pp. 310-345.

Mollinga, Peter and Doraiswamy, R. (2005) 'Investing in Farmer Networks for Inclusive Irrigation Policy Processes in South India.' In: Shaping the Future of Water for Agriculture: A sourcebook for investment in agricultural water management. Washington D.C.: The World Bank/Agriculture and Rural Development, pp. 96-99.

Mollinga, Peter and Doraiswamy, R. (2005) 'Investing in Farmer Networks for Inclusive Irrigation Policy Processes in South India.' In: Shaping the Future of Water for Agriculture: A sourcebook for investment in agricultural water management. Washington D.C.: The World Bank/Agriculture and Rural Development, pp. 96-99.

Mollinga, Peter (2002) 'Power in motion: A critical assessment of canal irrigation reform in India.' In: Hooja, Rakesh and Pangare, Ganesh and Raju, K.V., (eds.), Users in water management. The Andhra model and its replicability in India. Jaipur and New Delhi: Rawat Publications.

Mollinga, Peter (2000) 'The inevitability of reform: Towards alternative approaches for canal irrigation development in India.' In: Hooja, Rakesh and Joshi, L.K., (eds.), Participatory Irrigation Management: Paradigm for the 21st century (Vol. 2). Jaipur and New Delhi: Rawat Publications, pp. 67-97.

Mollinga, Peter (2000) 'Introduction.' In: Mollinga, Peter, (ed.), Water for food and rural development: Approaches and initiatives in South Asia. New Delhi: Sage, pp. 13-29.

Mollinga, Peter (1999) 'The policy process in irrigation reform: technology rural development and politics.' In: Schrevel, A., (ed.), Water and food security in (semi-) arid areas: Proceedings of the second Wageningen Water Workshop 2-4 November 1998: Special Report. Wageningen: ILRI (International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement), pp. 127-144.

Mollinga, Peter (1998) 'Participation as a political process.' In: van Vuren, Gerrit, (ed.), Farmers’ participation in water management: Proceedings of the 2nd Netherlands National ICID day. Rotterdam: A.A. Balkema, pp. 63-68.

Mollinga, Peter (1998) 'Equity and accountability: Water distribution in a South Indian canal irrigation system.' In: Boelens, Rutgerd and Dávila, Gloria and Menchu, Rigoberta, (eds.), Searching for equity: Conceptions of justice and equity in peasant irrigation. Van Gorcum Ltd, pp. 143-160.

Jacobs, C. and de Jong, J. and Mollinga, Peter and Bastiaansen, W.G.M. (1997) 'Constraints and opportunities for improving irrigation management in a water scarce but waterlogged area in Haryana, India.' In: de Jager, James M. and Vermes, Laszlo P. and Ragab, Ragab, (eds.), Sustainable irrigation in areas of water scarcity and drought. Proceedings of the International Workshop organised by ICID, Oxford, September 1997. ICID (International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage).

Mollinga, Peter and Bolding, Alex (1996) 'Signposts of struggle: Pipe outlets as the material interface between water users and the state in a South Indian large scale irrigation system.' In: Diemer, G. and Huibers, F., (eds.), Crops, water and people: Water allocation practices of farmers and engineers. London: Practical Action Publishing, pp. 11-33.

Mollinga, Peter and van Straaten, C.J.M. (1996) 'The politics of water distribution: Negotiating resource use in a South Indian canal irrigation system.' In: Howsam, Peter and Carter, Richard, (eds.), Water policy: Allocation and management in practice: Proceedings of the International Conference on Water Policy, held at Cranfield University, 23-24 September 1996. London: E & F.N. Spon, pp. 243-250.

Mollinga, Peter (1995) 'Irrigation management and agrarian change: Contested water control in a South Indian canal system.' In: Endeveld, M. and Agrarian Questions Organising Committee, The, (eds.), Proceedings International Congress Agrarian questions: the politics of farming anno 1995. Vol. 3. Wageningen 22-24 May 1995. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen Agricultural University, pp. 1055-1066.

Mollinga, Peter (1995) 'Constituencies and commands: The role of politicians in water control in a South Indian large scale canal irrigation system.' In: Proc. Int. Conf. Political economy of water in South Asia: rural and urban action and interactions. Madras. Vol.1. UNSPECIFIED, pp. 226-240.

Dia, Ibrahima S. and Mollinga, Peter (1993) 'Irrigation design and African farming systems.' In: Ubels, Jan and Horst, Lucas, (eds.), Irrigation design in Africa. Towards an interactive method. Wageningen: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), pp. 22-40.

Kloezen, Wim and Mollinga, Peter (1992) 'Opening closed gates: recognising the social nature of irrigation artefacts.' In: Diemer, Geert and Slabbers, Jacques, (eds.), Irrigators and engineers: Essays in honour of Lucas Horst. Amsterdam: Thesis Publishers, pp. 53-63.

Meijers, Ton and Mollinga, Peter (1991) 'Ieder is gelijk en heeft recht op water: waterverdeling bij de Haalpulaar in de Senegalvallei.' In: Diemer, Geert and Slabbers, Jacques, (eds.), Irrigatietechniek en cultuur. Opvattingen van boeren en ingenieurs over de verdeling van water. Amsterdam: Thesis Publishers.

Articles

Veldwisch, Gert Jan A. and Mollinga, Peter (2013) 'Lost in transdition? The introduction of water users associations in Uzbekistan.' Water International . pp. 1-16.

Mollinga, Peter (2013) 'Canal irrigation and the hydrosocial cycle. The morphogenesis of contested water control in the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal, South India.' Geoforum . (In Press)

Suhardiman, Diana and Mollinga, Peter P. (2012) 'Correlations, Causes and the Logic of Obscuration: Donor Shaping of Dominant Narratives in Indonesia's Irrigation Development.' Journal of Development Studies, 48 (7). pp. 923-938.

Reis, Nadine and Mollinga, Peter (2012) 'Water Supply or ‘Beautiful Latrines’? Microcredit for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.' ASEAS – Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, 5 (1). pp. 10-29.

Hornidge, Anna-Katharina and Ul Hassan, Mehmood and Mollinga, Peter (2011) 'Transdisciplinary Innovation Research in Uzbekistan – one year of ‘Following The Innovation’.' Development in Practice, 21 (6). pp. 834-847.

Mollinga, Peter and Tucker, S. P. (2010) 'Changing water governance in India: Taking the longer view.' SAWAS, 1 (3). i-vi.

Mollinga, Peter (2010) 'The material conditions of a polarised discourse. Clamours and silences in critical analysis of agricultural water use in India.' Journal of Agrarian Change, 10 (3). pp. 414-436.

Mollinga, Peter (2010) 'Boundary work and the complexity of natural resources management.' Crop Science, 50 (1). S1-S9.

Abdullaev, Iskandar and Mollinga, Peter (2010) 'The socio-technical aspects of water management: emerging trends at grass roots level in Uzbekistan.' Water, 1 . pp. 85-100.

Stellmacher, Till and Mollinga, Peter (2009) 'The institutional sphere of coffee forest management in Ethiopia: local level findings from Koma forest, Kaffa zone.' International Journal of Social Forestry, 2 (1). pp. 43-66.

Saravanan, V. S. and McDonald, Geoffrey T. and Mollinga, Peter (2009) 'Critical review of Integrated Water Resources Management: Moving beyond polarised discourse.' Natural Resources Forum, 33 . pp. 76-86.

Mollinga, Peter (2009) 'Towards the transdisciplinary engineer. Incorporating ecology, equity and democracy concerns into water professionals’ attitudes, skills and knowledge.' Irrigation and Drainage, 58 (2). pp. 195-204.

Mollinga, Peter (2009) 'Water rights in Farmer Managed Irrigation Systems in India: Equity, rule making, hydraulic property and the ecology.' SAWAS South Asia Water Studies, 1 (1). pp. 1-18.

Mollinga, Peter (2008) 'Water, politics and development: Framing a political sociology of water resources management.' Water Alternatives, 1 (1). pp. 7-23.

Mollinga, Peter (2007) 'Learning and unlearning in water resources management history in South Asia: the cases of irrigation and flood control.' RIHN 1st International Symposium Proceedings. Water and Better Human Life in the Future. November 6-8, 2006 Kyoto . pp. 109-117.

Abdeldayem, Safwat and Hoevenaars, Jan and Mollinga, Peter and Scheumann, Waltina and Slootweg, Roel and van Steenbergen, Frank (2005) 'Agricultural drainage: towards an integrated approach.' Irrigation and Drainage Systems, 19 . pp. 71-87.

Mollinga, Peter (2004) 'Sleeping with the enemy: Dichotomies and polarisation in Indian policy debates on the environmental and social effects of irrigation.' Water Nepal, 11 (2). pp. 73-101.

Molle, François and Mollinga, Peter (2003) 'Water policy indicators: Conceptual problems and policy issues.' Water Policy, 5 . pp. 529-544.

Mollinga, Peter and Doraiswamy, R. and Engbersen, Kim (2001) 'Participatory irrigation management in Andhra Pradesh, India.' International Journal of Water, 1 (3-4). pp. 71-90.

Mollinga, Peter (2001) 'Water and politics: Levels, rational choice and South Indian canal irrigation.' Futures, 33 (8). pp. 733-752.

Jurriëns, Rien and Mollinga, Peter (1996) 'Scarcity by design.' ICID Bulletin, 45 (2). pp. 31-53.

Bolding, Alex and Mollinga, Peter and van Straaten, Kees (1995) 'Modules for modernisation. Colonial irrigation in India and the technological dimension of agrarian change.' Journal of Development Studies, 31 (6). pp. 805-844.

Maat, Harro and Mollinga, Peter (1994) 'Water bij de uien. Technologische en andere ontwikkeling op het Ile à Morphil, Senegal.' Kennis en Methode. Jaargang, XVIII (1). pp. 40-63.

Monographs

Reis, Nadine and Mollinga, Peter (2009) Microcredit for rural water supply and sanitation in the Mekong Delta: Policy implementation between the needs for clean water and ‘beautiful latrines'. Bonn: Center for Development Research. ZEF Working Paper 49.

Hornidge, Anna-Katharina and Ul-Hassan, Mehmood and Mollinga, Peter (2009) Follow the innovation: A joint experimentation and learning approach to transdisciplinary innovation research. Bon, Germany: ZEF Working Paper Series 39.

Doraiswamy, R. and Mollinga, Peter and Gondhalekar, Daphne (2009) Willingness to pay – unwillingness to be paid: The politics of water pricing in canal irrigation in Andhra Pradesh, India. The STRIVER Policy and Technical Brief series 18.

Doraiswamy, R. and Mollinga, Peter and Gondhalekar, Daphne (2009) Participatory training in canal irrigation in Andhra Pradesh: The JalaSpandana Experience. STRIVER Policy Brief series 17.

Mollinga, Peter (2008) The Rational organisation of dissent. Interdisciplinarity in the study of natural resources management. ZEF Working Paper Series 33.

Mollinga, Peter (2008) For a political sociology of water resources management. ZEF Working Paper Series 31.

Saravanan, V.S. and McDonald, Geoffrey T. and Mollinga, Peter (2008) Critical Review of Integrated Water Resources Management: Moving Beyond Polarised Discourse. Bon, Germany: ZEF Working Paper Series 29.

Yalcin, Resul and Mollinga, Peter (2007) Institutional transformation in Uzbekistan’s agricultural and water resources administration: The creation of a new bureaucracy. Bonn, Germany: ZEF ZEF Working Paper Series 22.

Abdeldayem, Safwat and Hoevenaars, Jan and Mollinga, Peter and Scheumann, Waltina and Slootweg, Roel and van Steenbergen, Frank (2004) Reclaiming Drainage: Toward an Integrated Approach. Washington D.C.: The World Bank. Agriculture and Rural Development Report 1.

Mollinga, Peter (2003) On the waterfront. Water distribution, technology and agrarian change in a South Indian canal irrigation system. Hyderabad: Orient Longman.

Rajagopal, A. and Doraiswamy, R. and Mollinga, Peter (2002) Tailenders and other deprived in irrigation in India: Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Wageningen: Irrigation and Water Engineering Group. CWP Research Papers 14.

Bhatia, Anjali M. and Hong, Gao and Mollinga, Peter (2002) Irrigation reform in the People’s republic of China. Institutional transformation in Shijin, Jingxing Mianyou and Zaohe irrigation systems. Wageningen: Irrigation and Water Engineering Group. CWP Research Papers 13.

Mollinga, Peter (2001) Power in motion: A critical assessment of canal irrigation reform, with a focus on India. New Delhi: Indian Network on Participatory Irrigation Management. IndianPIM Working Paper/Monograph Series No. 1.

Datye, K.R. and Hoevenaars, Jan and Mollinga, Peter and Vaidyanathan, A. (2000) Report of the workshop on Alternative Approaches to Canal Irrigation Reform [Held in Hyderabad, India from 18-22 December 1998].

Mollinga, Peter (2000) Contested resource use in the rural environment.

Mollinga, Peter and Merrey, D. J. and Hvidt, M. and Radwan, L. S. (1998) Water control in Egypt’s canal irrigation: A discussion of institutional issues at different levels. Wageningen: Wageningen Agricultural University.

Jurriëns, Rien and Mollinga, Peter and Wester, Philippus (1996) Scarcity by design: Protective irrigation in India and Pakistan. Wageningen: Wageningen Agricultural University.

Mollinga, Peter (1992) Protective irrigation in South India: Deadlock or development? Milton Keynes: Development Policy and Practice Research Group, Open University.

Mollinga, Peter and Mooij, Jos (1989) Cracking the code: Towards a conceptualization of the social content of technical artefacts. Milton Keynes: Technology Policy Group, Open University.

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