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1st Edition

Water Resources and Economic Processes

Edited By

Tiziano Distefano

ISBN 9780367111403
Published September 28, 2020 by Routledge
320 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Water exploitation has increased notably in the world during the last 250 years since the onset of industrialisation. The relationships between economic processes and water use are complex and include many interwoven drivers such as: technological development, dietary choices and food production, climate change, demographic change, and policy reforms, among others. Ensuring food, water, and energy for the growing population remains a common global challenge.

Taking on a multi- and inter-disciplinary viewpoint, Water Resources and Economic Processes offers an up-to-date collection of contributions from leading scholars and works to gather research on important aspects of relevant fields and methodologies, including:

  • Historical and long-term overview of the relations between income growth, water use, and technological development;
  • Water markets and collaborative actions’ promise and threats in the fight against water stress;
  • Impact of climate change on water productivity, including inter- and intra-annual variations;
  • Urban reforms and surveys on the attitude of citizens towards private and public mitigation and preservation measures;
  • Regional, national, and global comparative case-studies;
  • International trade, migration, conf licts, and the globalisation of water;
  • Methodological and empirical challenges of building future scenarios.

This book is a key reference text for those studying water governance and management. It is suited to PhD students, national institutions, and NGO, as well as other professionals interested in understanding sustainable water use at the local, national, and international scales.

Table of Contents

Tiziano Distefano


Part I. Water resources and economy

1. Revisiting water and economic growth from a long-term perspective
Rosa Duarte*, Vicente Pinilla and Ana Serrano

2. Income flows and water flows: Exploring the relation between income, economic growth, water use and water quality
David Katz*

3. Water markets’ promise and limits in a changing world
Peter Debaere*

4. Green and blue water use for agricultural production: Volumes and efficiencies
Stefania Tamea*, Marta Tuninetti and Matteo Rolle

5. Water stranding in the energy and agriculture sectors: The case of hydraulic fracturing in water scarce irrigated regions
Lorenzo Rosa*, Maria Cristina Rulli and Paolo D’Odorico

Part II. A focus on local case-studies

6. Water-related perceived harms and pro-environment behaviours: A taxonomy of EU citizens
Giovanni Marin* and Tiziano Distefano

7. Deepening regional cooperation for enhancing water, energy, and food security in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region
Golam Rasul*, Nilhari Neupane, Binaya Pasakhala, Prakriti Gurung and Eklabya Sharma

8. China’s crop-related water footprint and trade
La Zhuo*, Mesfin M. Mekonnen, and Arjen Y. Hoekstra

9. The role of policies, institutions and regulation for the Portuguese water utilities
Rui Cunha Marques* and Gustavo Saltiel

Part III. Water limits: human and modelling challenges

10. Water scarcity and migration: A simple theoretical approach
Simone Borghesi* and Gianluca Iannucci

11. Water-in-food, conflicts and refugee movements: A comprehensive analysis
Rodolfo Metulini*, Massimo Riccaboni and Francesco Serti

12. Modelling water resources and economic growth: The empirical challenge
Roberto Roson* and Martina Sartori

13. The future of water and economics: A regional approach in Colombia
Tiziano Distefano*, Carlos Adrián Saldarriaga Isaza, and Estefanía Muñoz


*Corresponding Author

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Tiziano Distefano is a Research Fellow at the University of Pisa, Italy.