Advancing methods for research on household water insecurity: Studying entitlements and capabilities, socio-cultural dynamics, and political processes, institutions and governance

Amber Wutich, Jessica Budds, Laura Eichelberger, Jo Geere, Leila M. Harris, Jennifer A. Horney, Wendy Jepson, Emma Norman, Kathleen O’Reilly, Amber L. Pearson, Sameer H. Shah, Jamie Shinn, Karen Simpson, Chad Staddon, Justin Stoler, Manuel P. Teodoro, Sera L. Young. (2017). Advancing methods for research on household water insecurity: Studying entitlements and capabilities, socio-cultural dynamics, and political processes, institutions and governance. Water Security, 2. 

Highlights

• Existing approaches have advantages, but underestimate household water insecurity
• HWI methods must address economic, socio-cultural, and political processes
• Hard-to-measure dimensions of HWI can be assessed with methods we present

Article: Urban water demand, climatic variation, and irrigation-water insecurity: interactive stressors and lessons for water governance from the Angat River basin (Philippines)

Climatic variation and intersectoral water competition increasingly challenge the effective provision of irrigation services. This article explores their combined effects on irrigation allocation from the Angat Reservoir (Philippines), where domestic water use in Metro Manila has overtaken regional irrigation as the dominant right-holder. Rules protecting Metro Manila’s large right to water ‘interact’ with dry spells to affect irrigation security in wet and dry seasons. Historically, irrigators were uncompensated because re-allocation’s cause was contested as (1) an unforeseeable climatic event (releasing domestic utilities of liability), or (2) produced by urban demand (requiring compensation). Trade-off rules must be prepared to navigate combinatory effects.

Shah, S. H., & Zerriffi, H. (2017). Urban water demand, climatic variation, and irrigation-water insecurity: Interactive stressors and lessons for water governance from the angat river basin (philippines). Water International, 42(5), 543. doi:10.1080/02508060.2017.1342073

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New article: Whose input counts? Evaluating the process and outcomes of public consultation through the BC Water Act Modernization

This new article examines the role and outcomes of public consultation in policy making through the case study of British Columbia’s Water Act Modernization. The study analyses both the WAM consultation process and outcomes, highlighting patterns in alignment between the policy preferences of various submitter groups and the policies incorporated into the Water Sustainability Act.

Jollymore, A., McFarlane, K., Harris, L. (2017) Whose input counts? Evaluating the process and outcomes of public consultation through the BC Water Act ModernizationCritical Policy Studies, in press. DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2017.1282377

The accepted manuscript of the published article is available here. A policy brief, summarizing the key messages and implications for decision makers from this article is available here.

New Book: Global Water Ethics

A new book titled ‘Global Water Ethics: Towards a Global Ethics Charter’ (Routledge, 2017) has just been published, edited by Rafael Ziegler and David Groenfeldt.

This edited collection assembles a range of perspectives on the theory and practice of water ethics. Contributions consider the difficult ethical and epistemological questions of water ethics in a global context, as well as offering local, empirical perspectives. Case study chapters focus on a range of countries including Canada, China, Germany, India, South Africa and the USA. The respective insights are brought together in the final section concerning the practical project of a universal water ethics charter, alongside theoretical questions about the legitimacy of a global water ethics.

The book includes a chapter from PoWG’s Lucy Rodina, titled ‘Reflections on water ethics and the human right to water in Khayelitsha, South Africa.’ In this chapter Lucy draws on her Masters and PhD research to provide situated reflections on the ethical implications of the widely-touted ‘human right to water’ for water distribution and access.

Further information and a discount offer is contained in the attached flyer.

New Article: “Standing on the shoulders of giants: Understanding changes in urban water practice through the lens of complexity science”

A newly published paper on the utility of complexity theory in enhancing urban water policy and practice – see below for details!

G. Dunn, R. R. Brown, J. J. Bos & K. Bakker (2016): Standing on the shoulders of giants: Understanding changes in urban water practice through the lens of complexity science, Urban Water Journal, DOI: 10.1080/1573062X.2016.1241284.

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/xAdWDMtqYyjB8RkTAqnI/full 

NEW ARTICLE: MICROBIAL RISK GOVERNANCE – CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN FRESHWATER MANAGEMENT IN CANADA

Members of the Program on Water Governance present a new journal article that analyzes the barriers and opportunities that decentralized water governance regimes in Canada pose to effective microbial risk assessment and management for drinking water and recreational water quality.

Full details on the study can be found in:

Dunn, G., Harris, L. and K. Bakker (2015) Microbial Risk Governance:
Challenges and Opportunities in Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal 40(3): 273-249.

RA opportunity for Sustainable Water Governance and Indigenous Law project

RA will be responsible for developing and leading a multi-platform social media campaign for the project. Prior knowledge of NationBuilder, WordPress, HTML, JavaScript and Bootstap an asset. 10 hours/week.

Please send CV and cover letter to water.partners@ubc.ca by October 21, 2016.

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Call for Papers: AAG 2017

Decolonizing Water:
Indigenous water politics, resource extraction and settler colonialism

Please see PDF below for more details.

Deadline to submit proposal is October 20th, 2016.

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