ERL特刊征稿|Focus on Next Generation of Water Economics

04 12月 2023 gabriels



  • Edoardo Borgomeo,英国剑桥大学
  • Archisman Mitra,国际水资源管理研究所
  • Fabiola Alvarado,英国牛津大学
  • Safa Fanaian,澳大利亚国立大学
  • Djiby Thiam,南非开普敦大学
  • Dustin Garrick (Advisor),加拿大滑铁卢大学
  • Soumya Balasubramanya (Advisor),世界银行


Calls for a ‘new economics of water’ are becoming a recurring theme in international debates and fora, as evidenced in commitments from the 2023 UN Water Conference and the preliminary results of the Global Commission on the Economics of Water. However, the call for ‘new economics’ is often disconnected from diverse empirical research. Emerging research in water economics is expanding beyond allocative efficiency to encompass systems thinking, by considering equity, justice, diversity, transaction costs, and the trade-offs between these goals, to generate rigorous evidence for supporting policy and implementation.

This focus issue collects perspectives, empirical analyses, and modelling studies from researchers working to advance the economics of water at multiple, nested scales, from the local to the transboundary.

Submissions from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds are welcome, and scholars from the Global South are particularly encouraged to contribute.

Some examples of the methods, applications, and perspectives we hope to address in this focus issue include the following:

  • Exploring the opportunities for and limitations of behavioural responses of water users to pricing, quantity restrictions and informational interventions.
  • Assessing distributional implications of water policy and investments, including on freshwater ecosystems.
  • Complementing formal (e.g., piped water supply) and informal (e.g., water vendors/informal water markets) solutions to close agricultural water needs, and clean drinking water supply and sanitation gaps; including examining options and risks.
  • Demonstrating the limitations of generic economic prescriptions based on assumptions about allocative efficiency and rationality in addressing complex water challenges.
  • Exploring the role of technologies and smart management practices in supporting sustainable water resources management.
  • Developing quantitative tools to support water-related decision-making processes.
  • Exploring practical experiences related to implementation of approaches such as assigning/reforming property rights, water tariffs or repurposing subsidies.
  • Assessing the complementarity of public, private, and community roles in devising and implementing economic policies for water, and in scaling financial, technological, and/or institutional innovations for SDG6.
  • Incorporating the evolution of water institutions and governance in water resources system analysis and planning.
  • Examining the economics of transboundary and multi-level water management challenges, which include regional and global public goods related to water and virtual water.
  • Exploring the relationship between gender and water in economics.
  • Exploring approaches rooted in justice-related frameworks (e.g., human right to water and sanitation, intergenerational justice, legal rights of nature, procedural justice).




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