It is time to link up with the next generation of scientists and conservationists! Professors, students and research-hungry folks alike; this page is for you. The Balkans has the potential to become a significant scientific hub. We want to connect university professors and students to the region as a way to examine the impacts of hydropower and find integrated and long-lasting solutions. Read about our growing network below and download the .pdf at the end of the page so you can discuss and share ideas with classmates, professors and mentors.
River Intellectuals Network
River Intellectuals is a growing network of students and professors that see more value in the free-flowing rivers than only kilowatts. Each working on their own discipline, their combined story shows the widespread impacts that dams can have. The network enables students to understand the bigger picture, learning from peers from different disciplines. The goal of the network is to exchange ideas that will have an impact on preserving wild, free-flowing rivers. Disciplines involved range from Water Management to Anthropology and from Political Sciences to Tourism. An unsolved question in one research field can lead to an answer in another field. Scroll down to meet our first River Intellectuals!!
The network is supported by professors from the Balkans as well as from universities around Europe. They will soon be introduced on the page below.
Spread the story
The academic world is often seen as a world of its own. Conclusions and findings from research are barely accessible to the wider public, as they are published primarily in scientific papers that are stored in expensive, online journals. We want to get the stories out so that people and decision makers are better informed. By sharing the stories of our river intellectuals, the complex world of rivers and dams becomes more understandable.
Keep track of this page, as soon it will start to fill up with stories of our River Intellectuals.
Want to be a River Intellectual?
Do you want your research to have an impact? Through our network, you can find a relevant topic and get connected to local universities, NGOs and local communities. You will exchange ideas with students from different disciplines that all have the same goal: to protect the wilderness.
If you identify with this goal, please get in touch.
Previous Education: Master studies – Applied Limnology Research Topic: Impact of various hydropower plant types on macroinvertebrates in Southeast Europe What is your motivation for doing this research? My aim and motivation is to demonstrate that hydropower plants have a strong impact on aquatic fauna, especially I want to show that small hydropower plants cause as well serious impacts as large hydropower plants.
Why should we defend these wild rivers? Because those rivers have much higher value without hydropower plants. Currently, the most numerous planned hydropower plants are small sized and they are mostly planned on the streams with high ecological value. Furthermore, their very low electricity output is not efficient to increase the share of renewable electricity production!!
Previous Education: BA Politics and Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK Research Topic: Investigating the interrelationship(s) between the ecological and socio-economic impacts of small-scale hydropower dams on local, riverine communities in the Western Balkans. What is your motivation for doing this research? To draw attention to the injustices experienced by local communities in the face of a state-sponsored ‘explosion’ of hydropower dams.
Why should we defend these wild rivers? Wild rivers are sources of not only profound environmental and economic importance but are also imbued with socio-cultural significance for local communities. They are crucial for supporting a vast web of life in which we, as humans, play an intimate and often destructive role.
Previous Education: PhD Sustainability Science
Research Field: Planetary Health: how free-flowing rivers constitute human health and well-being, and what is lost by damming them for power purposes.
What is your motivation for doing this research? As a trained Sustainability Scientist working in the field of Global Health I am passionate about life on our beautiful planet and everything that sustains a good quality of life. A way to free some headspace from my academic work is to spend time on the water in my whitewater or slalom kayaks.
Why should we defend these wild rivers? Rivers are, metaphorically speaking, the artery system of the planet. Blocking them by damming will cause a complex of issues affecting our health and well-being: think of the loss of ecosystem services and biodiversity which are constitutive for our health, fresh water, food, loss of sustainable jobs and livelihoods (local fishery, tourism), loss of cultures and meaning, loss of dwelling places (translocations), to just name a few examples.
Download the .pdf River Intellectuals Brochure and get discuss ideas with your fellow students. For all further information contact our Vera, River Intellectuals Coordinator and M.Sc. in Hydraulic Engineering. Vera Knook T: +31 (0) 6 125 24 381 E: firstname.lastname@example.org