"Desalination and the Political (Blue) Economy of Climate Adaption" by Brian F. O'Neill

Brian F. O'Neill

Brian F. O'Neill is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Recently, Brian F. O'Neill had a sociology piece published titled "Desalination and the Political (Blue) Economy of Climate Adaptation". Click here to read his article. 

Abstract: "Seawater desalination, the industrial production of drinking water from the ocean, is a practice of increasingly intense interest to thirsty cities across the globe. And why not? It promises the ability to provide a reliable water source that is (seemingly) invulnerable to climate change. What is more, the market is responding, with a global estimated value of roughly $18 billion[1] (c.f., Swyngedouw and Williams 2016). And there is significant expected growth, up to $32 billion (that’s about half the estimated size of the wind industry),[2] in the next four years".