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Nicole Renaud


Office: SN-2005
Telephone: (709) 864- 6127
Fax: (709) 864- 3119Moray - Mullak'as-Misminay, Peru


Dr. Kelly Vodden

Thesis title

Mapping a history of water security in the Peruvian highlands: A case study of Mullak'as-Misminay

Research description

Marginalized populations in peripheral regions such as the Andean highlands are
among the most negatively affected by climate change and other social and
environmental stresses that combine with climate changes. Yet, these
communities' experiences with hardship have also led to innovative adaptation
strategies. Evidence suggests that the resiliency and character of these
indigenous communities have created valuable and more widely applicable lessons
in a time of increasing climate change and environmental stress. This research
explores the history and evolution of pathways to community-based environmental
governance, and especially water security, in the Cusco region of Peru. This
location was chosen because of evidence of increasing environmental stress,
particularly water scarcity, as well as its history of system shocks and
innovative responses such as diverse altitudinal land and water management

Conferences and Publications

Renaud, N. 2009. "Mapping social-ecological system resiliency of an indigenous
community in the Peruvian highlands". Presented at the Geographies of Response Session with the Canadian Association of Geographers at Congress, Carleton University, Canada, 27 May.

Renaud, N. 2009. "A genealogy of marginalization and social-ecological system
resiliency in Andean Peru". Presented at the Graduate Research Symposium,
Memorial University. St. John's, Canada, 9 April.

Renaud, N. 2009. "Mapping the genealogy of marginalization and
social-ecological system resiliency in the Ollantaytambo District, Peru". Presented at the Aldrich Conference, Memorial University, St. John's, Canada, 21 March.