Every drop matters

On Demand (IF 2021)

1 hr 20 minPWYD

Performance / Discussion | Environment & Nature, Music

Music, sound and film blend with the science of water in this multi-sensory event. From shrinking seas and water scarcity to protecting shared water supplies and access to safe water, explore connections between lifestyles and changing climate patterns. Flowing throughout is music from Oxford-based alternative band pecq, inspired by climate change research from Nepal, and water security in Ethiopia. Reflect on what water means to you with some fluid soundscapes.

Watch the recording of this live public event

held on 21 October 2021 at IF Oxford

Alice Chautard is the Communications and Knowledge Exchange Manager for the REACH programme – an Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office funded research programme led by the University of Oxford to improve water security for 10 million people affected by poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She is also a documentary photographer using photography as a tool to communicate environmental, water and climate research.



Alaskan conductor Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey uses orchestral music to promote social justice and environmental sustainability through the arts. Through a unique brand of artistic co-production and creative collaboration her projects amplify voices and raise awareness, fusing the local with the global, the political with the personal. She is currently Director of Research at the Oxford Conducting Institute and holds a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (University of Sheffield) to write a book on orchestras in Afghanistan.


Safa Fanaian is an Oxford-Indira Gandhi Scholar at the Oxford-India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College and the recipient of a National Geographic Explorer grant. Her DPhil research focuses on the understanding and mapping governance of water-related risks faced by growing riverine cities in the global south, such as Guwahati in NE India. Particular focus is given to risk of inadequate water supply, wastewater/sewage released into rivers, and urban floods. Previously, Safa worked with various development agencies to improve water security in South Asia.


Hussam Hussein is a Lecturer in International Relations, Fellow in Water Diplomacy and Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College. His research focuses on the role of discourses in shaping water policies in the Middle East, on transboundary water governance, and on issues related to the political economy of water resources in arid and semi-arid regions. Hussam has also worked on issues of sustainable development and environmental governance for the Italian Embassy in Jordan, the European Parliament, the World Bank and UNICEF.


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