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Division of Social Anthropology, Lund University, 2015

Postal Address: Socialantropologi, Sociologiska institutionen, Box 114, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5, Hus G, Lund
Web page: http://www.soc.lu.se/om-institutionen/avdelningen-for-socialantropologi

Contact person: Associate Professor Ulf Johansson Dahre, phone: +46 (0)46 222 95 67.
Personal web page.

The department at Lund university has been a significant contributor to what is referred to as historical anthropology, and it has been the center for the development of global systemic anthropology. Research and teaching in Lund has included the study of global historical processes, the formation and disappearance of particular social and cultural forms, the nature of personhood and social experience, the processes of cultural production, the formation of ontologies and cosmologies.

Research connected to South Asia:

In October 2011, Ulf Johansson Dahre received SEK 3 million as a three-years grant (2012-14) from Sida’s Developing Country Research Council (U-landsforskningsrådet), for a project entitled ”Climate change, water stress and adaptation: A cross-cultural study in India from gender perspective”.
More information about the Sida grants 2011.
The project also involves Dr. Nandita Singh, Department of Land and Water Resources Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm; and Dr. Anna Jonsson, Department of Water and Environmental Studies, Tema Institute, Linköping University. It is being carried out in collaboration with the Department of Policy Studies, TERI University, New Delhi.

Abstact: Climate-induced stress is emerging as an important development concern and India faces a major threat in this regard, for addressing which `community-based` adaptation has been recommend. At the level of local communities, cultural is known to play a vital role in climate adaptation which is also gender-based. However, knowledge on these fronts in water sector is fragmentary. This project aims to fulfil the gaps be enhancing understanding on the cultural wealth of local knowledge and adaptive responses towards climate-induced water stress from gender perspectives, proposing suitable recommendations for integrating these into policy and action in the sector. The research will be based upon a ‘cross-cultural’  ethnographic study in two different kinds of water-stress situations and cultural settings located in the states of Rajasthan and Bihar through long-term residential fieldwork.