Date of release: Monday, June 27, 2016

The human right to the most basic of needs – safe drinking water and sanitation – is the topic of a seminar at the University of Greenwich on Friday 15 July.

Six expert speakers will address the subject in an event hosted by the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU), part of the university's Business School.

Dr Emanuele Lobina, Principal Lecturer for PSIRU, says: "This seminar focuses on how we make progress in the theory and practice of the human right to water – a right which is recognised by the United Nations. All keynote speakers will be invited to answer a series of challenging questions, and will look at the role played by individuals, institutions and policies in order to achieve this most fundamental right. The event will also play an important part in addressing any knowledge gaps we still have."

Speakers include Lynn Boylan, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Dublin, who will discuss the success of the Right2Water Campaign in Europe and the obstacles it has faced.

Professor Frances Cleaver, University of Sheffield, will speak on achieving justice and community managed water systems. Pascale Hofmann, University College London, will discuss urban water poverty.

Professor Hulya Dagdeviren, University of Hertfordshire, is speaking on a 'rights based approach' for water supply and sanitation'; Dr Anna Walnycki, International Institute for Environment and Development, will discuss global goals in low-income urban settlements; and Dr Gordon McGranahan, University of Sussex, will talk about achieving the rights to water and sanitation in cities.

Dr Lobina has written extensively on water service reform and regularly provides policy advice to international organisations, central and local governments, professional associations, trade unions and civic organisations.

The Public Services International Research Unit investigates the impact of privatisation and liberalisation on public services, with a specific focus on water, energy, waste management, health and the social care sectors. Its research topics also include the function and structure of public services, and the strategies and influence of multinational companies and international financial institutions.

The seminar, The human right to water and sanitation: Progress in theory and practice, is the second in the series. Professor Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur to the United Nations on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, spoke at the first event at Greenwich.

It takes place between 10am and 5.30pm at the Greenwich Campus (Queen Anne Court, Room 080). All are welcome.

To register for the event, email with full name, organisation, any special dietary requirements, contact number, and confirm the seminar title.

For more information about the seminar, contact Dr Lobina:

Story by Public Relations.

Picture: Dr Emanuele Lobina.