Nasser Moslem

 (PhD candidate, Université de Tunis/ Tunisia)

Nasser Moslem is a third-year Ph.D. student, researching “water governance and socio-spatial mobility in the region of Siliana”(Northwest of Tunisia). He is a MECAM Fellow of the IFG “Inequality and mobility”, working alongside other social science researchers on the complex relationships between rising inequalities and diverse types of mobility. He has recently finished a research mission with the Contemporary Maghreb Research Institute (IRMC) and participated as a research assistant in two research projects, namely “ProGreS migration” and TARICA “Political and socio-institutional changes in North Africa”. He finished his Research Masters’ degree in Geography in 2018 at the Faculty of Humanities of the Université de Tunis (FSHST) and gained a BA in Sociology from the same Faculty beforehand. Next to his doctoral studies, Nasser is currently the regional coordinator of the organisation I Watch in Siliana and is the founder and president of the El Khir agricultural development group. In 2020 he was the supervisor of the “Socio-political opinion poll” project with Elka consulting.

He recently received a three-year PhD scholarship at the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Project Inequality & Mobility

Dynamiques territoriales et inégalité d’accès à l’eau dans la région de Siliana and Combined Development

Certainly the ground of Siliana has not developed that temporally continuous territorial identity Despite our historical roots of the large part of researching support space, the construction process of this region appears intermittent: from “Zamaregia” to the Roman, plus Byzantine and finally Hafsid Arab adopting the name of Ziriya. It is geographically an area of fundamental separation between the steppe regions of central Tunisia and the fertile lands of the north. What is the meaning of accumulation of denominations in the sandstone of these temporal discontinuities? If we concede, no doubt, that this is due to the difficulty of the emergence of a coherent territorial entity – what is the role of the historical actors of the territory? how have the structural elements of the territory (population / land and its economies / activities) represented decisive factors in the identity transformations of the space ? “Water – Land – Activities” triptych have always represented the elements of territorial formation in its identity and its symbolic dimensions, but the weakness of its systemic interaction made the entire-region live into the orbit of other regions and resources. the sustainability and the multiplicity of water organizations, in addition to the deepening of agricultural activities, have supported the intervention of the State in its various institutions with the aim of preserving water facilities and thus activating development paths in line with the national strategy for mobilizing water surpluses and food security. Rural and regional have established a network of relationships and strategies between territorial actors with unequal balances and cross-cutting issues that have affected the water reserve and deeply exhausted its capacities. This process has seriously raised the question of water governance, social inequalities and the state of poverty within the region of Siliana, as well as the changes induced by the intervention of public authorities.