Dženeta Hodžić is a research fellow at the ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research – in the BMBF junior research group ‚Regulate–regulation of groundwater in telecoupled, social-ecological systems,‘ and a PhD candidate in the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at Goethe University. She has worked at the WZB (Berlin Social Science Center), the IRI THESys (Integrative Research Institute for the Transformation of Human-Environment Systems), and the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, where she also obtained her BA and MA in European Ethnology.
How do forms of groundwater governance and land use practices interact with national and transnational regulatory frameworks in Europe, such as the EU Water Framework Directive? On the basis of case studies in Croatia, the newest EU member state, and in Bosnia-Herzegovina, an EU candidate country, my project studies contrasting governance regimes and resource management frameworks and traces how aquifers and other infrastructures manifest dis-/connections in coastal and transboundary areas. Multiple temporalities complexify anticipatory water futures in the post-Yugoslav space, as the research sites are marked by heavy pollution due to a legacy of militarized conflict history and mass tourism, present-day water scarcities, and exacerbated flash flood risks. Informed by STS and the anthropology of knowledge, the study inquires ethnographically how groundwater is made knowable by sociotechnical practices and technopolitics.