Special Issue "Doing Water Provision, Distribution and Conservation: A Practice-Based Approach to Water Governance"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (24 June 2019).
Interests: water governance; irrigation; water management; political ecology; feminist political ecology; water justice; infrastructure
Interests: water governance; political ecology; sanitation; water and equity
Interests: water services provision; water governance; water sector reform; pro-poor water services
Water governance is a practical question, as much as it is a political one. This Special Issue proposes to insert the analysis of water governance in an understanding of the everyday actions of those engaged in, and responsible for, governance processes. Inspired by a broader “re-turn to practice” (Bueger, 2014; Reijo et al., 2009) in social and political sciences, we invite papers that help advance empirically-based understandings of how water governance actually happens (in contrast to ideal-typical models or prescriptions of how governance should occur).
We are looking for reflections on water governance processes based on descriptions of the “actions” or “doings” of those actors involved in making water decisions, operating water systems or regulating water, with a special interest in, and focus on, those with formal responsibilities of dealing with water: Water operators, government officials, design engineers, representatives of funding organizations, but also educators. How do they deal with, decide on, share, collaborate, fight and talk about or more generally make sense of water in their daily routines, designs and interventions?
By anchoring the analysis of water governance in a precise documentation of these everyday practices—practices of providing water services, of designing, operating and maintaining water systems, of protecting water sources and flows, of sharing waters or water services, etc.—we aspire to create room for acknowledging the importance of bricolage or tinkering in making water systems work, or solving water problems (Behagel et al. 2017; Furlong et al., 2017). In particular, we invite contributions that shed light on how different water actors reconcile or navigate conflicting demands or mandates; for instance, those of cost recovery and universal access in drinking water (Schwartz et al., 2017), or those of conservation and productivity in irrigation.
Our aim with this Special Issue is to use the idea of practice to reinvigiorate the capacity of the concept of water governance to analyze actual governance processes. Linked to a broader analysis of how society functions and universality (truth) is produced, such an analysis is important to better engage with (think about and act on) the politics of water governance (Zwarteveen et al., 2017).
Behagel Jelle Hendrik, Bas Arts and Esther Turnhout (2017): Beyond argumentation: a practice-based approach to environmental policy, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2017.1295841
Bueger Christian (2014): Pathways to practice: praxiography and international politics, European Political Science Review, 6: 383-406. DOI: 10.1017/S1755773913000167
Furlong Kathryn, Marie-Noëlle Carré and Tatiana-Acevedo-Guerrero (2017): Urban service provision: Insights from pragmatism and ethics, Environment and Planning A, 49(12): 2800–2812. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X17734547
Miettinen Reijo, Dalvir Samra-Fredericks and Dvora Yanow (2009): Re-Turn to practice: An introductory essay, Organization Studies, 30(12): 1309–1327. DOI: 10.1177/0170840609349860
Schwartz, Klaas, Mireia Tutusaus, and Elisa Savelli (2017): Water for the urban poor: Balancing financial and social objectives through service differentiation for low-income areas in the Kenyan water services sector, Utilities Policy, 48: 22-31. DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2017.08.001.
Zwarteveen Margreet, Jeltsje Kemerink-Seyoum, Michelle Kooy, et al. (2017): Engaging with the politics of water governance. WIREs Water, e01245. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1245
Prof. Margreet Zwarteveen
Prof. Dr. Klaas Schwartz
Dr. Tatiana Acevedo-Guerrero
Prof. Dr. Kathryn Furlong
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