1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Water and Development

    378 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Water is essential for human life and at the centre of political, economic, and socio-cultural development. This Routledge Handbook of Water and Development offers a systematic, wide-ranging, and state-of-the-art guide to the diverse links between water and development across the globe. It is organized into four parts:

    • Part I explores the most significant theories and approaches to the relationship between water and development
    • Part II consists of carefully selected in-depth case studies, revealing how water utilization and management are deeply intertwined with historical development paths and economic and socio-cultural structures
    • Part III analyses the role of governance in the management of water and development
    • Part IV covers the most urgent themes and issues pertaining to water and development in the contemporary world, ranging from climate change and water stress to agriculture and migration

    The 32 chapters by leading experts are meant to stimulate researchers and students in a wide range of disciplines in the social and natural sciences, including Geography, Environmental Studies, Development Studies, and Political Science. The Handbook will also be of great value to policymakers and practitioners.

    1. Introduction: The Water–Development Nexus
    2. Sofie Hellberg, Fredrik Söderbaum, Ashok Swain, and Joakim Öjendal


    3. Water as a Tool for Modernity
    4. Joakim Öjendal and Sofie Hellberg

    5. Institutional Approaches to Water for Development 
    6. Larry A. Swatuk

    7. Water and Human Development: Unpacking Scarcity and ‘water crises’
    8. Lyla Mehta

    9. Critical and Post-structural Approaches to Water and Development
    10. Sofie Hellberg

    11. Feminist Contributions to Water and Development Scholarship
    12. Margreet Zwarteveen

    13. Indigenous Peoples, Sustainable Development, and Ontologies of Water
    14. Deborah McGregor, Mahisha Sritharan, and Steven Whitaker


    15. Cambodia
    16. Joakim Öjendal  

    17. South Africa
    18. Richard Meissner, Stephen Rule, Karen Nortje, and Inga Jacobs-Mata

    19. Peru
    20. Patricia Urteaga-Crovetto

    21. Jordan
    22. Neda Zawahri

    23. The Netherlands
    24. Erik Mostert


    25. Governing Water Services
    26. Klaas Schwartz and Mireia Tutusaus

    27. Water, Neoliberalism, and Commodification
    28. Jessica Budds and Alex Loftus

    29. The Human Right to Water
    30. Peter H. Gleick

    31. Water Resources Management: The Missing Political Link
    32. Kurt Mørck Jensen and Jens Christian Refsgaard

    33. Water, Participation and Development
    34. Jeroen Warner and Richard Meissner

    35. Conflict and Cooperation over Transboundary Waters 
    36. Jeroen Warner

    37. Strategies towards SDG 6 Implementation
    38. Anik Bhaduri, Alexandre Teixeira, and Aditya Kaushik


    39. Water, Food, and Irrigation
    40. Jaime Hoogesteger, Diana Suhardiman, Gert Jan Veldwisch, Juan Pablo Hidalgo-Bastidas, and Rutgerd Boelens

    41. Groundwater
    42. Susann Baez Ullberg and Henrik Josefsson

    43. Water Stress and Scarcity
    44. Zafar Adeel

    45. Water, Migration, and Development
    46. Anders Jagerskog and Ashok Swain

    47. Water and Climate Change
    48. Deliang Chen and Hui-Wen Lai

    49. Drought
    50. Elisa Savelli

    51. Water-Energy Nexus
    52. Aiko Endo

    53. Water Inequalities
    54. Maria Rusca

    55. Gendered Intersections in Water and Development
    56. Gaylean Davies, Evelyn Arriagada Oyarzún, and Leila M. Harris 

    57. Urban Water
    58. Susan van de Meene

    59. Water and Health
    60. Jo Geere, Paul R Hunter, and Bruce Lankford

      1. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
      2. Nelson Ekane

      3. Digital Water

      Karen Bakker, Rosemary Knight, Raymond T. Ng, Alan K. Mackworth, and Max Ritts



      Sofie Hellberg is associate professor of Peace and Development Research at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at University of Johannesburg, South Africa. She studies, and teaches on, water politics, environmental, climate governance and theories of power and agency. Hellberg has published in leading journals and with international publishers on topics ranging from Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to research methodology. Her previous work on water appears in international journals including Geoforum, Water Alternatives, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space and Local Environment as well as in a monograph on The Biopolitics of Water (Routledge, 2018).

      Fredrik Söderbaum is a professor of peace and development research at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and an Associate Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), Bruges, Belgium. Söderbaum has published extensively in leading journals on comparative regionalism, global and regional governance, development research, security studies, and African politics. His most recent books include Contestations of the Liberal International Order: A Populist Script of Regional Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 2021), Rethinking Regionalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Intersecting Interregionalism: Regions, Global Governance and the EU (Springer, 2014).

      Ashok Swain is Head of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, UNESCO Chair on International Water Cooperation and Director of the Research School of International Water Cooperation at Uppsala University, Sweden. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environment and Security, published by SAGE and the Environmental Peacebuilding Association. He has written extensively on new security challenges, water-sharing issues, environment, conflict and peace, and democratic development issues. His most recent publications includes, Handbook of Security and the Environment (Edward Elgar, 2021) coedited with Joakim Öjendal and Anders Jägerskog.

      Joakim Öjendal is professor in Peace and Development Research since 2006 at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden. He has worked on resource politics, peacebuilding, and post-war democratisation for three decades in research, policy and education. He has published widely in leading journals and with international publishers, for instance being the co-editor of Water Security, a Four Volume Set of SAGE Major Works, as well as Transboundary Water Management and the Climate Change Debate, published with Earthscan, both in 2014. His most recent publications includes Handbook of Security and the Environment (Edward Elgar, 2021) coedited with Ashok Swain and Anders Jägerskog.