Water International – Best Paper 2021 Awards

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IWRA is pleased to announce the Best Paper and Honourable Mention for the Water International Best Paper 2021 awards.

We take the nomination of Best Paper and Honourable Mention quite seriously, so the selection process is a bit elaborate.  A short list of candidate papers is drawn up by the editors of Water International and forwarded to the WI Editorial Board, which selects the successful candidates. 

Authors of awarded papers from 2021 will be recognised at the IWRA XVIII World Water Congress, to be held in Beijing, China, September 11 to 15 2023.  

As in the previous year, the Best Paper and Honourable Mention awards for 2021 are both international collaborations that exemplify what the International Water Resources Association and this its official journal aim to be — interdisciplinary, multinational, and linking social or physical science/technology and policy.  The Best Paper, on Indigenous water rights, is written by four young scholars, three of them with Indigenous backgrounds.  The Honourable Mention, led by an emerging scholar, develops a novel framework for wastewater reuse, and its successful application to Egypt, with implications elsewhere.

Governing water insecurity: navigating indigenous water rights and regulatory politics in settler colonial states

Nicole J. Wilson, Teresa Montoya, Rachel Arsenault & Andrew Curley 

Water International, 46.6, 783-801 doi 10.1080/02508060.2021.1928972

This well-cited and very readable article draws on examples from the settler colonial states of Canada and the United States to illustrate how jurisdictional and regulatory injustices along with broader political and economic asymmetries generate water insecurity for Indigenous peoples and how those affected are pushing back by revitalizing Indigenous knowledge and governance systems. It blends historical and ethnographic analysis very well, and brings innovation to water research.

Nicole J. Wilson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Canada Research Chair in Arctic Environmental Change and Governance at the University of Manitoba, Canada; Teresa Montoya is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, USA; Rachel Arsenault is a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Canada; and Andrew Curley is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography, Development & Environment at the University of Arizona, USA.

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Unpacking wastewater reuse arrangements through a new framework: insights from the analysis of Egypt 

Mohamed Hassan Tawfik, Jaime Hoogesteger, Amgad Elmahdi and Petra Hellegers

Water International, 46.4, 605-625 doi 10.1080/02508060.2021.1921503


This article provides an informative overview of wastewater reuse in Egypt and develops a novel, multidimensional socio-technical framework to analyze the current situation in different social, technological and environmental contexts. It points out bottlenecks of current wastewater reuse policies and programmes.

Mohamed Hassan Tawfik is a recent Ph.D. in water resources management from Wagenngen University, the Netherlands Jaime Hoogesteger is Assistant Professor in the Water Resources Management Group, Wageningen University. Amgad Elmahdi is Water Sector Lead at Green Climate Fund, Republic of Korea, and Petra Hellegers is Full Professor and Chair of the Water Management Group, Wageningen University.

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