Dead in the Water? Reflections on Transboundary Water Governance in the Orange River Basin

Douglas James Momberg

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Due to its major contribution to the economy, water is critical to the success of efforts to promote security as well as growth and development at large. Integral to any venture is of course access to water, access that is problematized through an increasingly resource and climate constrained context. Water resources are furthermore inevitably found in a variety of geographic settings that transcend geopolitical boundaries. Given the complex spatial context within which water is situated, a number of dichotomies emerge when attempting to analyse transboundary aquifers. The primary research focus of this exposition is descriptive in nature and is concerned with how the Orange River Basin (ORB) is governed by portraying the renegotiation and respacing of territory and the associated securitisation thereof. This is achieved by pursuing three separate, but interrelated objectives. Firstly, examination of the current conceptual framework within which transboundary river basins are evaluated. Secondly, exploration of the historical context that has shaped the infrastructure and governance structures of the basin. And thirdly, introduction of a spatial lens to the concepts of territorialisation, securitisation, and regionalisation in order to demonstrate the changing hydropolitical waterscapes through time.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 aug. 2013
VejledereTobias Hagmann & Ulf Engel


  • Territorialisation
  • Hydropolitics
  • Regionalisation
  • Securitisation
  • Orange River Basin