Hidden Crisis at American Association of Geographers Conference in Washington DC

By Luke Whaley
27 May 2019

Between 3 – 7 April, I attended and presented at the annual American Association of Geographers Conference in Washington DC. The conference hosted nearly 8,500 geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other registrants from around the world sharing the very latest in research, policy, and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience.

The featured themes of the week-long event were:

  • Geography, GIScience, and Health: Building the International Geospatial Health Research Network (IGHRN)
  • Geographies of Human Rights: The Right to Benefit from Scientific Progress
  • Physical Geography in Environmental Science.

I presented some of the research from the Hidden Crisis project as part of a panel in a session entitled ‘hydrofeminism’. This session considered the gendered dimension of global water flows and the ways in which women in particular are affected by inequalities in water distribution, quantity, and quality. In addition to this session, several other sessions were relevant to the UPGRO Hidden Crisis project and our emerging findings, including a session on different ‘water ontologies’ (the beliefs different indigenous groups have about water), as well as several sessions on development challenges and opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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