Water International

The official flagship journal of the Association since 1975.

Published by a major international publisher, Taylor & Francis, on behalf of IWRA, Water International (WI) is a leading source of information on international water resources research and policy. The journal ranks 55/138 in the Civil Engineering category and 56/124 in Water Resources, while its Citation Indicator (JCI) stands at 0.67 for the year 2021.

WI articles and technical notes focus on water management, policy and governance based on rigorous scholarship for a broad, interdisciplinary audience. It ranks 73 / 237 in Water Science and Technology and 117 / 376 in Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law.

With an impact factor of 3.395 and CiteScore of 4.2, WI also keeps members up-to-date and connected to a network of scholars and practitioners throughout the world through publishing conference highlights, book reviews and dialogues, and member information on elections and constitutional revisions.  

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James Nickum – IWRA, Japan (

Deputy Editor-in-Chief:
Raya Marina Stephan – IWRA, France

Associate Editors:
Charlotte MacAlister – Climate Smart Communities, Canada
Pedi Obani – University of Bradford, UK
Yizi Shang – China Institute of Water Resources & Hydropower Research (IWHR), China
Cecilia Tortajada – University of Glasgow, UK, and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore
Kevin Wheeler – Oxford University, UK

Book Review Editor:
Sarah Elizabeth Wolfe – Royal Roads University, Canada

Editorial Board:
Nani G. Bhowmik – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
David Brooks – International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada
Regina M. Buono – University of Texas at Austin, USA
Ximing Cai – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Ngai Weng Chan – Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Misganaw Demissie – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Ben Dziegielewski – Southern Illinois University, USA
Surina Esterhuyse – University of the Free State, South Africa
Bruce Hooper – Bruce Hooper & Associates, Australia
Malin Falkenmark – Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden
Shaofeng Jia – Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Krasposy Kujinga – WaterNet, Zimbabwe
Jennifer McKay – University of South Australia, Australia
Rabi Mohtar – Texas A&M University, USA
Daanish Mustafa – King’s College, UK
Raul Pacheco-Vega – Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Mexico
Raja Sengupta – McGill University, Canada
Christopher Scott – University of Arizona, USA
Slobodan Simonovic – University of Western Ontario, Canada
Olli Varis – Aalto University, Finland
Yuliya Vystavna – Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic
Philippus Wester – International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal
Sarah Wolfe – University of Waterloo, Canada
Hong Yang – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland
Mark Zeitoun – University of East Anglia, UK

IWRA's Mentored Publishing Scheme for Early-Career Professionals

IWRA is pleased to announce the list of selected early-career scholars and water professionals to develop a mentored Water International  Special Issue with papers written by them that are either co-authored with or supervised by senior water professionals. 

At the beginning of 2020, early-career scholars and water professionals were invited to submit abstracts to apply for an exceptional publication opportunity with Water International. This  will endeavor to promote interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity.  It will encourage integrated-systems approaches in water research, avoiding very specific and narrow topics.  Of particular interest are innovations on policies, management, development, and technological development that look to the present as well as the future. 

More than 60 prospective papers were submitted, 43 females and 17 males, from 32 countries, including developed and developing nations. The review committee selected 9 submissions, two of which had 2 co-authors, resulting in 11 early career applicants (8 women) being selected. Through this mentorship programme, they will benefit from a valuable chance to work and network with established senior water professionals and experts. Each selected participant will be paired with a senior mentor who will help guide the paper as an advisor or, possibly, a coauthor.

The selected early-career scholars and water professionals are:

Mary-Belle Cruz A.

Mary Belle Cruz-Ayala is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Arid Lands Resource Sciences-Graduate Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Arizona. Her current research focuses on assessing the role that governance plays in hindering or promoting projects to recover groundwater in Mexico. Mary-Belle worked for the Federal Congress and participated in the development of the current Law of the Nation’s Water in Mexico. More info:

Dr. Hannah Hilbert-Wolf aspires to combine her expertise in both the natural and social sciences to contribute to innovative, sustainable water governance and development. She is currently an intern at the Geneva Water Hub, working at the nexus of water and peace, and looks forward to continuing to help make positive strides at the intersection of science and policy. More info:

Imad Antoine Ibrahim is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Law and Development, College of Law at Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. He is also a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Law, Politics and Development (Dirpolis) at Santanna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy, and a Research Associate at gLAWcal- Global Law Initiative for Sustainable Development in Essex, UK. More info:


Semina Kafle from Nepal, is interested in policy researches related to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change. She has a master’s degree on Water Management and Governance and is a DRR professional with an experience of working with flood affected communities of Nepal. She is an amateur photographer who loves travelling and making photos/videos of people and places. More info:

Aristarick Mkenda is a technical advisor working with Natural Resources Stewardship Programme of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Tanzania with specific expertise in facilitating private-public-civil society partnerships for sustainable management of natural resources, particularly water resources. He holds BA in international Relations from the University of Dodoma. More info:


Manita Raut is a Senior Research Officer at International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Nepal. She co-leads a research project on understanding the ramifications of gender roles and power dynamics in rural water supply system functionality. A sustainable
development graduate and Open Society Foundation Fellow, Manita is passionate about inclusive water systems, collective farming approaches, feminization of agriculture and agricultural technology adoption. More info:

Nathalie Richards2553

Nathalie Richards holds a PhD and an MA from the Geography department at King’s College London, as well as a BA in International Relations from the University of Geneva. Her research and work focus on formal and informal institutions linked to natural resources governance, particularly in developing countries. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigate issues linked to social and environmental justice. More info: 


Pía Weber is a Chilean Environmental and Administrative Lawyer, with NGO and Government, Master of Law at the University of Melbourne. Legal Researcher for the Centre of the Law of the Sea, Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, Founder and Executive Director of Ngenko Foundation. Currently working at the Service of Environmental Impact Assessment (Government). More info:


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