Household Water Security Research 2016

Re-imagining Household Water Security Research, 28-30 September 2016

Adequate, reliable, and affordable water for a healthy life is a luxury for millions of households worldwide.  While access to piped and improved water sources has increased over the past decade, domestic water security remains a difficult goal to achieve in economically distressed communities in both the developed countries and across the developing world.  We only need to look at the decades-long water insecurity problems in south Texas and Native American communities or recent system failures in Flint and Detroit to see that water security challenges are not restricted to the poorest nations.

A major gap in water security research is in the area of metrics and assessment.  The current state of knowledge has yet to offer a gold-standard framework for collecting, analyzing, and reporting household water security information.  Analogs exist in the area of food security, but such metrics are poorly developed in the area of water insecurity.  Therefore, Dr. Jepson and her colleagues (Dr. Wutich, Arizona State University; Dr. Young, Northwestern University) have formed collaborative working group targeting this question of measurement, metrics, and research approaches to household water security. We seek to broaden this collaboration by convening a small group of scholars to address this issue, facilitate research projects and publications, and create a community of practice.

Outcomes

  • Wutich, A. Jessica Budds, Emma Norman, Wendy Jepson, Kathleen O’Reilly, Sameer H. Shah, Leila Harris, Jamie Shinn, and Sera Young (submitted) “Advancing Methodological Approaches for Assessing Household Water Insecurity” [May 2017, Submitted]
  • Jepson, Wendy, Jessica Budds, Emma Norman, Amber Wutich, Kathleen O’Reilly, Sameer H. Shah, Leila Harris, Jamie Shinn, and Sera Young (submitted) “Advancing Water Security for Human Development: A Relational Perspective” [March 2017, Submitted]
  • Consolidated the Global Household Water Security Collaboration among participants. This collaboration, co-led by Jepson, Wutich, and Young, has catalyzed various proposals and project ideas since the first workshop in 2016.
  • Proposals from participants submitted include Belmont Forum (Transitions to Sustainability Program, for 1.0M Euros) proposal.

Participants

  • Wendy Jepson, Geography, Texas A&M University (Lead Organizer)
  • Amber Wutich, Anthropology and Director of Global Health Program, Arizona State University (Co-Organizer)
  • Sera Young, Anthropology, Global Health, Northwestern University (Co-Organizer)
  • Jessica Budds, Geography & International Development, Water Security Centre, University of East Anglia
  • Laura Eichelberger, Anthropology, University of Texas-San Antonio
  • Jo-Anne Geere, Public Health, Water Security Centre, University of East Anglia
  • Kathleen O’Reilly, Geography, Texas A&M University
  • Emma Norman, Native American Environmental Science, Northwest Indian College
  • Jamie Shinn, Geography, West Virginia University
  • Justin Stoler, Geography and Public Health, University of Miami
  • Amber Pearson, Geography, Michigan State University
  • Leila Harris (in abstenia), Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, University of British Columbia
  • Sameer Shah, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, University of British Columbia
  • Jennifer Horney, Public Health, Texas A&M University
  • Manuel Teodoro, Political Science, Texas A&M University
  • Chad Staddon, University of the West of England, International Water Security Network
  • Karen Simpson, University of the West of England, International Water Security Network

*Workshop sponsored by the College of Geosciences and the Department of Geography, Texas A&M University*