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Dr. Julia Brown, a human geographer, is a Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development at the University of Portsmouth having joined the Geography Department in 2008 directly following the completion of her PhD at the Institute of Development Policy and Management (IDPM), University of Manchester. Julia has a Master of Research in Environment and Development (Overseas Placement), Department of Geography, University of Lancaster 2001, and a Bachelor of Science in Geography, Department of Geography, University of Lancaster (1999). She undertakes qualitative research in the field of participation, water resources and evaluation, with a current focus on South Africa, Brazil and Uganda, where she is working closely with Marije van den Broek on Community Based Management (CBM) of rural groundwater points. As a human geographer Julia is concerned with power relations and the inherently political nature of water management at both the catchment and micro-village scale.
Sustaining access to safe water supplies is fundamental for health and a productive economy. Brown and van den Broek’s research is concerned with sustaining the advances made by African governments and NGOs in extending the supply network of rural groundwater facilities across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals. Across the region one third of the constructed handpumps used to access the groundwater are non-functional. The scale of the resultant health implications of drinking untreated surface water is enormous. NGOs across Uganda are beginning to recognise the scale of the problem, and are innovating and trialling alternatives to CBM including privatising handpump management or piloting new payment technologies. Reforming participatory institutional arrangements and piloting new technologies carries potential rewards and risks in terms of sustainability and equity of access by vulnerable groups.
Brown and van den Broek are evaluating the implications of innovations in terms of reducing handpump downtime and improving service delivery, but also in terms of ensuring the Human Right to safe water by vulnerable groups (disabled, elderly and women-head households)
Van den Broek, M and Brown, J. (2015) Blueprint for breakdown? Community Based Management of rural groundwater in Uganda, Geoforum, Vol 67 51–63
Brown, J (2014) Evaluating participatory initiatives in South Africa: Not just processes but outcomes too, SAGE Open. DOI 10.1177/2158244014531966
Brown, J (2013) Can Participation Change the Geography of Water? Lessons from South Africa Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol.103, No.2, March 2013 Special Issue: Geographies of Water, 271-279.
Brown, J (2011) Assuming too much? Participatory water resource governance in South Africa The Geographical Journal, Vol. 177, No. 2, June 2011, pp. 171–185.
Brown, J. and Woodhouse, P. (2006) Pioneering Redistributive Regulatory Reform. A Study of Implementation of a Catchment Management Agency for the Inkomati Water Management Area, South Africa”, Chapter 11 in Regulatory Governance in Developing Countries, (2006) edited by Martin Minogue, published by Edward Elgar.
Brown, J (2005) Water Services and the Poor: A Case Study of the Greater Nelspruit Utility Company, Mbombela Municipality, South Africa, CRC Working Paper 112 ISBN: 978-1-905381-11-5
Brown, J. and Woodhouse, P. (2004) Pioneering Redistributive Regulatory Reform. A Study of Implementation of a Catchment Management Agency for the Inkomati Water Management Area, South Africa, CRC Working Paper 89 ISBN 1-904056-88-1.
Brown, J. (2002) Institutional Analysis of Ghana’s Forestry Sector Departments for Integrated Resource Management and Sustainable Forestry Management. The Land, Journal of the International Land Use Society, Volume 6.1.
Brown, J. (2002), The Value of Using Participatory Local Appraisal Techniques When Analysing Forestry Sector Institutions for Integrated Resource Management and Sustainability: Putting Theory into Practice in Ghana. The Land, Journal of the International Land Use Society, Volume 6.3.