Tatiana Acevedo Guerrero is a geographer with a background in political studies. She holds the position of Lecturer and Researcher in Politics of Sanitation and Wastewater Governance at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. The research of Tatiana focuses on the interactions between urban water flows, infrastructure, and society, in the context of rapid unplanned growth and uneven development in cities of the global south.
She is concerned with the political and economic relationships that are reflected in access to (and exclusion from) water supply, sanitation, and drainage. Her research documents the ways in which residents of different neighbourhoods make water flow – not only to access potable water, but also to make other waters (human excreta, household wastewater and storm water) leave. People can make water flow through, for example, mass demonstrations, legal complaints, or through direct infrastructural interventions.
Her work also recognizes the entanglements between different infrastructures such as drainage, water supply, sanitation, and electricity. For in the context of southern cities, where many infrastructures are characterized by long term breakdown and poor maintenance, infrastructures tend to be deeply intertwined because if one breakdowns the others will probably follow.
During the past four years, she has conducted archival and ethnographic research in Colombian cities analysing the everyday intersections of water legislation and regulations, flash floods, fragile infrastructures, contestation, and inequality. As such, while her work comes under the sub-disciplines of political ecology and water governance, it also examines a broad range of questions related to socio-technical networks, state formation, and citizenship.
Articles in Refereed Journals
Acevedo Guerrero, Tatiana, Kathryn Furlong and Jeimy Arias. 2015. “Water supply development in the context of a weak state: Colombia 1909-2012”. International Journal of Water Resources Development.
Other Publications (non-refereed)
Acevedo Guerrero, Tatiana, Jeimy Arias y Kathryn Furlong. 2015. “Regulacion del agua en el contexto de un estado debil: Colombia 1909 - 2013. Presentacion de la base de datos”. (Water regulation in the context of the South: Colombia 1909 - 2013 - Presentation of the database). Montreal.
Gutierrez, Francisco, Tatiana Acevedo Guerrero, Juan Viatela. 2007. « Violent liberalism? State, conflict, and political regime 1930-2006 », Working Paper no. 19, Crisis States Programme, Working papers series no. 2. London: DESTIN London School of Economics.