20 September 2020
Student contributions: Approaching our research topic from a student perspective
Guided by the PolyUrbanWaters research project, several students from TU Berlin and TH Köln looked into polycentric approaches to urban water management during the summer semester 2020. Coming from a variety of academic backgrounds, they approached the topic in different ways.
In his master thesis, Philipp Winter aims to reconnect a human habitat with its surroundings through the lens of water resilience and urbanization, using the case of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Philipp chose to approach the topic from a systemic perspective and builds on the analysis to develop a design concept for the river system as well as a more detailed design proposal for the town of Sariharjo. The design aims at increasing water resilience while ensuring sustainable urban growth.
Laura Dissel, Stefanie Knaus, Laila Wendel, Jessvith Nathaly Loayza Aylas and Quirin Luppa analyzed the potential of nature-based solutions and ecosystem services for the city of Sam Neua. They created a compendium of water-related nature-based solutions and identified existing solutions in Sam Neua. The functionality of these existing solutions was then evaluated in a rapid assessment.
Kratié in Cambodia is regularly affected by riverine flood events, and the dynamics of seasonal floodplains define the area. Frederic Hebbeker, Isabelle Knauf, Ololade Shokan and Uzabi Baidar developed a flood risk map to better understand these dynamics and their effects. The overall aim of their research was to analyze existing flood risks for the city of Kratié in relation to significant urbanization trends and to develop strategic options to increase flood resilience.
In their project ‘Living with Water’, Matthew Dalrymple and Johanna Westermann examined the role of water as a vital resource and key asset in the development of sustainable cities. The project examines the extent to which water can be understood as a catalyst for sustainable transformation processes that ultimately achieve global sustainability goals. ‘Living with Water’ is based on the assumption that urban planning and governance need to take a proactive yet flexible and adaptable approach to water resource management.
The governance of urban sanitation is strongly interlinked with water-sensitive development. In the framework of his master thesis, Yann Dondo uses the OECD Water Governance Indicator Framework to assess the performance of SDG 6.2 for Indonesia, Laos and Cambodia. His work evaluates the status of sanitation governance in the three countries, aims to understand the role of governance in achieving SDG 6, and points out the gaps between governance frameworks and practice. The thesis also explores options for regional knowledge sharing.
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