Water crisis through the analytic of urban transformation: an analysis of Bangalore’s hydrosocial regimes

Michael R Goldman, Devika Narayan

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This paper explores intensified water crisis in Bangalore (or Bengaluru) in India by using the analytic of three hydrosocial regimes: the catchment-based regime, the hydraulic regime and the speculative urban regime. It uses a wide range of qualitative interviews, scientific reports and secondary sources to analyze shifting urban trajectories, agrarian relations and their interlinkages with water. Historical ruptures (in the realm of governance, urban growth and changing urban–rural dynamics) allow one to highlight the complex role of speculative logics that shape urban expansion and water scarcity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-114
Number of pages20
JournalWater International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 17 2019



  • Bangalore
  • Water crisis
  • global cities
  • political ecology
  • speculative urbanism

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