5 April 2017

Humans take more than their geological share of water, but they do not benefit from it equally. This imbalance has created an era of intense water scarcity that affects the security of individuals, states, and the global economy. In  Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity (NYU Press), 2009 Trudeau scholar Jeremy J. Schmidt, assistant professor of geography at Durham University, details the intellectual history of America’s water management philosophy. The book shows how this philosophy shaped early twentieth-century conservation in the United States, influenced American international development programs, and ultimately shaped programs of global governance that today connect water resources to the Earth system. Schmidt demonstrates how the ways we think about water reflect specific public and societal values, and illuminates the process by which the American approach to water management came to dominate the global conversation about water. 

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Jeremy Schmidt

Jeremy is an assistant professor of Human Geography at Durham University.

2009 Scholars