After waiting for over a year, finally our article is online! This article is titled “‘Ways of knowing’ water: integrated water resources management and water security as complementary discourses“, Andrea Gerlak and I wrote it for International Negotiations and Environmental Agreements (INEA), a well-respected journal in the area of environmental policy and political science.
The article is part of the Special Issue which is dedicated to the role of the concept of security in global water discourse. It has come out of the international workshop on ‘Securitization of the Water Discourse’ at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem in December 2012 which drew together the key scholars from around the world engaged in water resources management and policy. Here is the abstract of the article.
In the past decade, water security has emerged as a new discourse in water governance challenging the more traditional dominant discourse of integrated water resources management (IWRM). This review article applies the ‘ways of knowing’ approach to study the relationship between these two discourses. In doing so, we uncover how IWRM has been narrowly construed as a prescriptive way of knowing water based largely on technical–scientific knowledge, while water security represents a discursive way of knowing water with a greater consideration of human values, ethics and power. We argue that these two ways of knowing are complementary rather than conflicting. As both discourses are pursued at multiple levels, the practical way of knowing will emerge to represent how these concepts interact in a specific policy context.
If you want to read the article, please drop me a line and I send you a copy.