7 episodes

A podcast by PortCityFutures
with support from the Resilient Delta Initiative
Editorial Team: Carola Hein, Hilde Sennema, Maurice Jansen, Paul van de Laar, Francesca Savoldi, Ryan Holmes, Hidde van de Rhee

The Dutch Delta, with the port of Rotterdam as its center, has benefited from its natural position as the mouth of the rivers Maas and Rijn for hundreds of years. This geographic situation also puts it at risk from sea level rise, flooding, and changing rain water patterns. It has been the busiest port in the world for more than half a century. It is home to industry, trade and densely populated areas. The Delta is also suffering from this success: economic growth has gone hand in hand with pollution, dispossession and inequality. In this podcast series, we start walking from the North Sea shore toward the economic, political and academic center of the Delta: Rotterdam. On our way, we collect stories, sounds, experiences from the locality and connect them to expert opinions asking: How can we keep living safe, healthy, and happy lives in an area that faces consequences of past, current and future maritime uses and challenges?

We ask our guests - researchers, practitioners and citizens - to share their thoughts and solutions while walking along the river. We invite them to reflect on a different theme in each episode.

The podcast will be recorded in Dutch.

FRICTIONS LDE PortCityFutures

    • Society & Culture

A podcast by PortCityFutures
with support from the Resilient Delta Initiative
Editorial Team: Carola Hein, Hilde Sennema, Maurice Jansen, Paul van de Laar, Francesca Savoldi, Ryan Holmes, Hidde van de Rhee

The Dutch Delta, with the port of Rotterdam as its center, has benefited from its natural position as the mouth of the rivers Maas and Rijn for hundreds of years. This geographic situation also puts it at risk from sea level rise, flooding, and changing rain water patterns. It has been the busiest port in the world for more than half a century. It is home to industry, trade and densely populated areas. The Delta is also suffering from this success: economic growth has gone hand in hand with pollution, dispossession and inequality. In this podcast series, we start walking from the North Sea shore toward the economic, political and academic center of the Delta: Rotterdam. On our way, we collect stories, sounds, experiences from the locality and connect them to expert opinions asking: How can we keep living safe, healthy, and happy lives in an area that faces consequences of past, current and future maritime uses and challenges?

We ask our guests - researchers, practitioners and citizens - to share their thoughts and solutions while walking along the river. We invite them to reflect on a different theme in each episode.

The podcast will be recorded in Dutch.

    Mersin: the contested encroachment of the port on the city center

    Mersin: the contested encroachment of the port on the city center

    This episode of FRICTIONS listens to the civic contestation against the planned expansion of the port in the city of Mersin, Turkey.

    • 17 min
    ‘Pra’ – Genoa

    ‘Pra’ – Genoa

    This episode of FRICTIONS focuses on the contested transformation of a touristy citadel into and industrial port town and the civic engagement of its citizens, in the western periphery of Genoa, Italy.

    • 19 min
    The contested expansion of Makassar port

    The contested expansion of Makassar port

    In this episode of Frictions, we hear about the contested expansion of the Makassar port in Indonesia. Fishing communities here are particularly alarmed, giving that this expansion coincides with industrial sea sand mining, social injustices and corporate irresponsibility.

    • 21 min
    Kirkenes mega-port and logistics in the Arctic: infrastructure's hegemonic potential

    Kirkenes mega-port and logistics in the Arctic: infrastructure's hegemonic potential

    This episode of frictions focuses on the Arctic, home to the Sámi people – the only recognised indigenous group in Europe. New shipping routes and related logistics infrastructure are planned to cross the melting region, threatening their already precarious community life.

    • 35 min
    Ravenna and the Po delta - built on water, in search of water, flooded with water

    Ravenna and the Po delta - built on water, in search of water, flooded with water

    This episode of FRICTIONS explores a case of “maritime disentanglement” and its consequences on sea rising perception in the coastal area between the port city of Ravenna and the Po river delta.  

    • 15 min
    Venice – port, citizens and Big Ships

    Venice – port, citizens and Big Ships

    This episode of FRICTIONS delves into the conflict and uncertain futures that characterize the relationship between the city, the port and the cruise industry in Venice. 

    • 23 min

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