Special Issue "Socio-Hydrogeology in Groundwater Resources Assessments and Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.
Interests: socio-hydrogeology; isotope geochemistry; contaminant hydrogeology; groundwater and international development; groundwater resources management
In 1977, at the UN Water Conference in Argentina, the Mar del Plata Action Plan was adopted, working on all components of water management. It was the first point where at a global level the prevailing premises of engineered solutions which were omnipresent for decades were questioned and criticized. Fifteen years later, the Dublin Statement on Water and Sustainable Development was defined and become the base for the concept of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM). Embedded in these global frameworks, over the following decades, various approaches tackling the human-water system evolved, e.g. hydrosociology, hydro-social cycle, socio-hydrology. They were developed by natural scientists but also by social scientists. However, very often they do not consider groundwater or do not differentiate between surface- and groundwater. At the same time, the scientific literature on the integration of social research and groundwater management is growing rapidly, reflecting the increasing need for inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to groundwater issues. Nevertheless, much of this literature lacks a sound social theory as criticized by humanities researchers.
In 2015, socio-hydrogeology was developed as a new discipline targeting the systematic inclusion of the social dimension into hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical assessments. Overall, it aims to define new frameworks for assessing the reciprocity between groundwater and its consumers/polluters (i.e. “how human actions exert pressure on groundwater resources” and “how scarce and/or polluted groundwater influences human wellbeing.”)
With this Special Issue, we would like to foster the discussion for all interested in interdisciplinary research, thus presenting the challenges and opportunities within this emerging research field.
We encourage case studies, reviews, or theoretical approaches on the following topics:
- Examples of socio-hydrogeological assessments
- Participatory approaches in socio-hydrogeology, including, for example, stakeholder’s analysis, public engagement
- Multidisciplinary frameworks to tackle groundwater issues
- Challenges and opportunities raising from the integration of hydrogeology and social sciences and from inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation
- Approaches including water’s social and political nature
- Reciprocity between people and groundwater
Dr. Viviana Re
Dr. Theresa Frommen
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- Social sciences
- Holistic approaches
- Inter-and transdisciplinary approaches
- Participatory approaches
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
1. Title: Introduction to the Special Issue
Author: Viviana Re, Theresa Frommen, Shrikant Limaye, Paul Hynds
2. Title: Raising the awareness on water related issues with a socio-hydrogeological approach: Inle Lake (Southern-Shan State Myanmar)
Author: Viviana Re, Elisa Sacchi, Myat Mon Thin and Chiara Tringali
3. Title: Pasts and presents of urban socio-hydrogeology: groundwater levels mirroring urban development in Berlin, 1870-2020
Author: Frommen, T. & Moss, T.
4. Title: Socio-hydrogeological surveys during pandemic times: challenges, discoveries and realizations
Author: Rodrigo Lilla Manzione, Adriana Sanches Borges, Jefferson Nascimento de Oliveira
5. Title: Incorporative socio-hydrogeological modelling framework in an over-exploited, data-sparse fractured rock aquifer system in South India: A case study of the Arkavathy river, adjacent to Bangalore city.
Author: Tejas Kulkarni
6. Title: Polycentric Solutions for Groundwater Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa: Encouraging Institutional Artisanship in an Extended Ladder of Participation
Author: Bryan Bruns
7. Title: Regulatory Mechanisms and Institutional Arrangements to Manage Groundwater for Agriculture in India: A Critical Appraisal
Author: Sarbani Mukherjee
8. Title: Student centered international water development: a case study in research, education and community
Author: Jasper Oshun, Margaret Lang, Kristina Keating
9. Title: New approaches for allocation reductions and groundwater salinity management in South Australia
Author: Steve Barnett