Water Insecurity World Café: Concepts and Methods for Advancing Research

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Water Resources Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Studio 9, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Wendy Jepson, Jessica Budds
Chairs: Wendy Jepson


Water security is more than access to water. In this session, we propose to advance a relational conceptualization of water insecurity that is inclusive of other dimensions of hydro-social interactions – material, cultural, affective, and political--not easily captured by standardized metrics. Attention to political, affective, cultural and temporal dimensions offers new opportunities to frame water (in)security not just as what is to be secured and for whom, but by whom, for how long, and through which political structures and processes. Thus, we propose to advance current understanding of water insecurity for human development that necessarily broadens analytical space to evaluate water insecurity as a dynamic, relational process tied to dimensions of living with water flows beyond narrowly defined conditions of availability for human health.

We seek to foster a collaborative dialogue that shares knowledge and creates possibilities for dialogue and action in groups of all sizes. Designed around seven principles, it is a conversation-led process of engagement that seeks to advance discovery in large groups. Distinct from traditional formats, this model of engagement is intended to enhance the learning and quality of interaction at sessions and maximize useful dialogue and collective engagement for all involved. That is, this is not a spectator session.

The objectives of the proposed world café session at the AAG Annual Meeting are: (1) Create space for creative thinking about water insecurity research in geography; (2) Build collective momentum to advance ideas on how to improve, advance, and create new frameworks and research approaches; (3) Open new opportunities for networking among participants.

Facilitators will lead small table discussions and group engagement during the Water Security World café. All facilitators will be included in the AAG Meeting system as “Panelists" or "Discussants"

We will organize our questions during the discussion rounds drawing on two papers that have recently been published by a group of scholars on water security from the newly emerging Household Water Insecurity (HWISE) Network. But of course, we will seek to integrate other perspectives and contributions.

(1) Jepson, Wendy, Jessica Budds, Emma Norman, Amber Wutich, Kathleen O’Reilly, Sameer H. Shah, Leila Harris, Jamie Shinn, and Sera Young (2017) “Advancing Water Security for Human Development: A Relational Perspective” Water Security 1(1) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasec.2017.07.001

(2) Wutich, A. Jessica Budds, Emma Norman, Wendy Jepson, Kathleen O’Reilly, Sameer H. Shah, Leila Harris, Jamie Shinn, and Sera Young (2017) “Advancing Methodological Approaches for Assessing Household Water Insecurity” Water Security (in press)


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Sarah Romano University of Northern Colorado 10
Panelist Amber Pearson Michigan State University 10
Panelist Leila Harris University of British Columbia 10
Panelist Alex Loftus King's College London 10
Panelist Andrea Gerlak University of Arizona 10
Discussant Jamie Shinn West Virginia University 10
Discussant Katie Meehan University of Oregon 10
Panelist Kathleen O'Reilly Texas A&M University 10
Panelist Ellis Adams Georgia State University 10
Panelist Matthew Taylor University Of Denver 10

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