Department of Geography and the Environment

Reconciling Environmental Concerns with the Human Right to Water in the Middle East

Tue, April 12, 2011
Reconciling Environmental Concerns with the Human Right to Water in the Middle East
Siree Allers in Jordan

Undergraduate research is an invaluable experience in a Liberal Arts Education; however, conducting fieldwork in Jordan was an exploration into practices, expectations, and cultural identities for Liberal Arts Honors undergraduate student Siree Allers.  Ms. Allers, who is majoring in Geography and Arabic, went to Jordan to study water scarcity in the Middle East, an issue which threatens vulnerable communities and is anticipated to become the Middle East's new casus belli.  Through her fieldwork she was able to perform qualitative research including interviews of different stakeholders ranging from experts to locals.   Additionally, she was able to "groundtruth" previous research done in Austin and to strengthen her work as a whole.

Currently, Ms. Allers is in Seattle this week presenting her work at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG).  Her work titled: “Nor Any Drop to Drink: An Analysis of the Jordan Red Sea Project and Reconciling Environmental Concerns with the Human Right to Water” looks into the issues that would arise during the Jordan Red Sea Project. She studied the projects impacts environmentally, politically, and economically on the local populations.

Ms. Allers credits the avenues of research at The University of Texas for putting her in touch with people in Jordan and supporting her realization of undergraduate research.  Ms. Allers believes that undergraduate research and more particularly fieldwork “asks us to look up from the books and reach into the real world to tackle the great issues of our time.”

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