Special Issue "Critical Water Resource Geography"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2020).
Interests: Critical water resource geographies; Environmental hazards and climate risk; Critical geographies of violence and terror; Problematising the environment and development
Interests: Community water security; environmental risks and hazards; gender and development; geography education; glacier governance; human dimensions of climate change; hydro-social systems; mountain geography; qualitative methods; regional geography (African Sahel, Central and South Asia, Rocky Mountain West); rural livelihoods and resilience; transboundary water governance
Water resource geography has undergone a considerable transformation since its original moorings in engineering and the pure sciences. From earlier pragmatist engagements to subsequent political economic, cultural, post-structural and materialist turns, the conceptual repertoirs of water resource geographers and the spatial scales at which they engage have become very diverse. This Special Issue is a call to highlight the ‘critical’ aspects of water resource geography across conceptual approaches. Being chronologically newer does not imply being conceptually richer, more insightful or contributing to human emancipation. Following Blomley (2009), we posit that the critical in critical geography implies anti-positivist epistemologies pressed into the service of contributing to social justice and human liberation from oppression. Critical implies a politicised practice of scholarship with a sharp eye towards questions of power and the struggles of those with less power against the powerful. Within the above understanding of critical, we also include concerns with the non-human world, insofar as the non-human too is deeply embedded and constitutive of human societies.
We invite contributions in the critical geography tradition that speak to how questions of class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and race are contribtive towards access to water and differential vulnerability to water related hazards. We hope that all contributions will be alive to the question of scale and how power politics as scalar politics may speak to critical-water-related concepts, e.g., hydro-social cycles, waterscapes, hydro-hazardscapes, hydro-hegemony, the infra-structural turn, the materialist turn, range of choice, and so on. We welcome agenda-setting contributions that expand the present repertoir of critical concepts in use across a range of water resource inquiries, from domestic water supply to irrigation to water ecologies.
Dr. Daanish Mustafa
Dr. Sarah J. Halvorson
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- critical geography
- human/non-human interactions
- social power