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Healthy Waterways

Healthy Waterways - this project (also funded by the AHRC through its follow-on funding programme) follows on from the Pathways Project and uses the findings emerging from that project about engaging communities and connection to place to facilitate an ongoing project in South Africa called the Aller River Pilot Project. The aim of this project is to empower local communities to clean up a stretch of the Aller River that runs south of Durban in Kwazulu Natal. Working with young people living in local communities, the project aims to encourage and support existing networks and cultural engagements with local waterways to regenerate this short stretch of river, with a view towards cleaning up other rivers across the region. 

Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research on the Environment is a group that was initiated following a successful AHRC Network grant within Social Anthropology which created an interdisciplingary netwook on Climate Histories. Following the success of this network an interdisciplinary seminar series was funded by CRASSH from 2011–2016 to continue work on this theme. This series was co-convened by the Departments of Social Anthropology, Geography, and the Engineering Department's Centre for Sustainable Development.

The series brought together people from a range of academic and non-academic backgrounds including the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences, and those working within policy, industry, activism, education, and media and continues as an occasional series hosted at the Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit.

The connections and networks made through the discussions in this series formed the backdrop against which some funding bids were developed and the projects that resulted are also featured on this site.