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Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Zayde Antrim

Second Advisor

Janet Bauer

Third Advisor

Vijay Prashad


This thesis examines different aspects and applications of the study of water resource usage and management. The goal is to first describe the philosophy behind the topic and then discuss three classifications of publications’ perspectives (economic, political, and ecological) in order to explain how to simplify the process of gathering information on the subject. Next, this thesis suggests and explains the reasoning behind why the ecological perspective is the fairest through which to approach the study of water resource use and management. The final chapter includes descriptions of two case studies in the Jordan River Basin to show how these perspectives can be used in actual practice as well as some possible side effects of such policy. It also includes insight into a few different water management systems and gives thoughts on some of the difficulties in determining effective solutions to water resource management problems. It concludes with a short reflection on the analysis process.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Accessible to members of the Trinity community only.