The Financialization of Trust, or, How Water Sculpts Effervescent Geographies of Science and Nature
The movement of water poses challenges that are more than technological. Achieving that movement provokes questions about justice, economy, and matter. In Costa Rica, scientists, private corporations, and public officials are experimenting with ways to move water without changing its public character or questioning its recognition as a human right. They are doing so by experimenting with trusts as unique legal mechanisms that split property from interests, and ownership from profit. In this talk I will examine how trusts, as techno-legal devices (Ballestero 2019), shift water from substance to space, and how in the process they sculpt effervescent geographies of science, nature, and finance.