Kyra van Meijgaarden
This ESRI ArcGIS storymap has been created alongside my research thesis about water safety in the Southwest Delta of the Netherlands. The research takes a critical stance on the notion of resilience that has taken dominance in flood protection management. It explores how the Delta Works function as infrastructural contours for social adaptation to flood related risks. The Delta Works quite literally created the gates in which people who participated in this research mostly voiced their trust. This trust seems to result from a past stance to flood protection that portrays an imaginary of struggle and overcoming water challenges through continuous advancement. The shift to resiliency aims to make flood protection management more inclusive, but it is still rooted in this same imaginary. The Storymap portrays some of the encounters with people living and working in Zeeland and their view on water safety.
Kyra has completed a bachelor in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and aims to continue in visual anthropology with the completion of the Visual Ethnography master at Leiden University. Aside from anthropology she is concerned with sustainability, specifically water management and climate ethics, which has led to combining her master with a second master Industrial Ecology. Both these interests and goals fueled the way the visual project about notions of water safety took form.