Advancing urban water security: The urbanization of water-society relations and entry-points for political engagement

Vanessa Lucena Empinotti, Jessica Budds, Wendy Jepson, Nate Millington, Luciana Nicolau Ferrara, Jo-Anne Geere, Edson Grandisoli, Mariana Gutierres Arteiro Da Paz, Bruno Peregrina Puga, Estela Macedo Alves, Sally Cawood, Pedro Roberto Jacobi, Victor Uehara Kinjo, Andrea Lampis, Ricardo Moretti, Thanti Octavianti, Natalia Periotto, Ruth Quinn, Suyá Quintslr, Samia SullaimanPaula Arce Vicente, Noura Wahby

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We seek to advance a critical and relational concept of urban water security that theorizes urban processes in relation to the hydro-social dynamics that produce experiences of water securities and insecurities at multiple scales. Our intention is to set out an analytical framework that both examines the social relations that underpin water insecurity and goes beyond the urban as merely the context in which water provision and risk take place. We seek to mobilize this concept to envision meaningful water policies and hydro-social practices to enhance social equity and empowerment for urban communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)956-968
Number of pages13
JournalWater International
Issue number6
Early online date14 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • political ecology
  • territory
  • uneven development
  • urbanization
  • Water governance
  • water security

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