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Selma Benyovszky – University of Reading

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Selma Benyovszky

Water-energy nexus in Algeria: the government water discourse and the role of the hydrocarbon sector.

The aim of this project is to explain and understand the interrelationship between water management and the hydrocarbon sector in Algeria. Algeria has the tenth-largest proven reserves of natural gas in the world and together with the oil sector they are the backbone of the economy, accounting for about 20 % of the gross domestic product. Thanks to the wealth from this sector, the government was able to invest 594 billion DA (738.4 million euro) in water management to ensure water supply. In times marked by increasing concern over water distribution and use, this research will further our understanding of the water-energy nexus and of global water governance by focusing on the important role played by the hydrocarbon sector in the distribution and use of water resources.


About Me:

I hold a BA in Political Studies and International Relations from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and an MSc in Political Science from the Charles University in Prague. During this time, I worked as a Media Analyst (volunteer) in Media Department and later as a Media Coordinator (internship) in the Relief and Development Department of People in Need (NGO). My masterĀ“s thesis described and analysed the water-oil nexus in Saudi Arabia and was awarded with a student academic prize of Josef Vavrousek. Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Faculty of Humanities in the Charles University in Prague. 

Research Interests:

  • Water governance.
  • Water-energy nexus.
  • History of science.
  • Middle East.

Research Groups:

Human Geography Research Cluster 



Twitter: @BenyovszkySelma

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