Successful PhD defence by Michela Marcatelli

'Legitimizing Inequality - A Political Ecology of Water in the Waterberg, South Africa'

Michela Marcatelli

On Friday, 3 March, Michela Marcatelli successfully defended her PhD thesis on 'Legitimizing Inequality - A Political Ecology of Water in the Waterberg, South Africa' in which she discusses inequality in water access in former ‘white’ rural South Africa.

The thesis advances two major arguments:

  • First, water inequality has largely been normalized and naturalized in the post-apartheid order.
  • Second, instead of being only a legacy of colonialism and apartheid, water inequality is being continuously reproduced as a result of contemporary processes of neoliberal accumulation, both private and public.

In pictures

Photos of the PhD defence


Publication date: 6 March 2017