1st Edition

Water Security Principles, Perspectives and Practices

    376 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    376 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The purpose of this book is to present an overview of the latest research, policy, practitioner, academic and international thinking on water security—an issue that, like water governance a few years ago, has developed much policy awareness and momentum with a wide range of stakeholders. As a concept it is open to multiple interpretations, and the authors here set out the various approaches to the topic from different perspectives. 

    Key themes addressed include:

    • Water security as a foreign policy issue 
    • The interconnected variables of water, food, and human security
    • Dimensions other than military and international relations concerns around water security 
    • Water security theory and methods, tools and audits. 

    The book is loosely based on a masters level degree plus a short professional course on water security both given at the University of East Anglia, delivered by international authorities on their subjects. It should serve as an introductory textbook as well as be of value to professionals, NGOs, and policy-makers.

    Part 1: Frameworks/Approaches to Water Security 

    1. Introduction: A Battle of Ideas for Water Security 

    Mark Zeitoun, Bruce Lankford, Karen Bakker and Declan Conway 

    2. The Web of Sustainable Water Security 

    Mark Zeitoun 

    3. The Water Security Paradox and International Law: Securitisation as an Obstacle to Achieving Water Security and the Role of Law in De-Securitising the World’s Most Precious Resource 

    Christina Leb and Patricia Wouters 

    Part 2: Perspectives and Principles 

    4. Debating the Concept of Water Security  

    Christina Cook and Karen Bakker 

    5. Water Security – The Multiform Water Scarcity Dimension 

    Malin Falkenmark 

    6. Securing Water in a Changing Climate 

    Declan Conway 

    7. The Role of Cities as Drivers of International Transboundary Water Management Processes 

    Anton Earle 

    8. The Water-Energy Nexus - Meeting Growing Demand in a Resource-Constrained World 

    Antony Froggatt 

    9. Water Security for Ecosystems, Ecosystems for Water Security 

    David Tickner and Mike Acreman 

    10. From Water Productivity to Water Security: A Paradigm Shift? 

    Floriane Clement 

    11. Transboundary Water Security: Reviewing the Importance of National Regulatory and Accountability Capacities in International Transboundary River Basins 

    Naho Mirumachi 

    Part 3: Water Security as Practice and Practice Debates 

    12. Easy as 1, 2, 3? Political and Technical Considerations for Designing Water Security Indicators 

    Nathaniel Mason 

    13. Water Security Risk and Response: The Logic and Limits of Economic Instruments 

    Dustin Garrick and Robert Hope 

    14. Corporate Water Stewardship: Exploring Private Sector Engagement in Water Security  

    Nick Hepworth and Stuart Orr 

    15. The Shotgun Marriage: Water Security, Cultural Politics and Forced Engagements between Official and Local Rights Frameworks 

    Rutgerd Boelens 

    16. Infrastructure Hydromentalities; Water Sharing, Water Control and Water (In)Security 

    Bruce Lankford 

    17. The Strategic Dimensions of Water: From National Security to Sustainable Security 

    Benjamin Zala 

    18. Dances with Wolves: Four Flood Security Frames 

    Jeroen Warner 

    19. Household Water Security and the Human Right to Water and Sanitation 

    Jonathan Chenoweth, Rosalind Malcolm, Steve Pedley and Thoko Kaime 

    Part 4: Conclusion 

    20. Food-Water Security: Beyond Water Resources and the Water Sector 

    Tony Allan 

    21. A Synthesis Chapter: The ‘Incodys’ Water Security Model 

    Bruce Lankford


    Bruce Lankford is Professor of Water and Irrigation Policy in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK. 

    Karen Bakker is a Professor in Geography, Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology, and Director of the Program on Water Governance at the University of British Columbia, Canada. 

    Mark Zeitoun is a Reader in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK, and co-Director of the UEA Water Security Research Centre. 

    Declan Conway was, at the time of writing, Professor of Water Resources and Climate Change in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK.

    "Lankford, Bakker, Zeitoun and Conway have put together the best collection on the subject of water security I’ve ever read."Lawrence Susskind, MIT, in Anthem EnviroExperts Review

    "One of the most useful models in the book is a web of sustainable water security including climate security, national security, water resources security, energy security and food security. One can readily appreciate that a dynamic systems approach is required to manage this kind of complexity, and indeed one of the contributions is specifically devoted to water security for ecosystems in terms of optimum allocation."David Lorimer, Network Review