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Stopek, Olivia Margareta, 2021. “Nature Gives and Nature Takes” : a case study on the experience of farming with a changing water resource. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



Water and the management of it holds a great complexity. We live in a time where adaptation measures often are based on risk calculations made by experts and bureaucrats where they try to measure future dangers of global climate change. This thesis shifts focus from the global crisis narratives to a grounded and experience-based narrative of a group of Swedish farmers. By examining in depth how farmers in the area of Örebro County, Sweden understand changes to water availability I aim to unravel the farmer’s water epistemology in relation to climate change. What is found is that rather than basing their adaptation measures on expert risk calculations, their adaptations are based on lived experience. The farmers’ water epistemologies consist of their own take on lay- and expert knowledges, and the context they are embedded within. This results in a complex framing of water management moving beyond risk calculations and towards including situated knowledge.

Main title:“Nature Gives and Nature Takes”
Subtitle:a case study on the experience of farming with a changing water resource
Authors:Stopek, Olivia Margareta
Supervisor:Hansen, Kjell
Examiner:Oskarsson, Patrik
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY009 Agriculture Programme - Rural Development 300 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:agriculture, water management, uncertainties, risks, climate change
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Water resources and management
Landscape architecture
Deposited On:28 Oct 2021 08:16
Metadata Last Modified:29 Oct 2021 01:02

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