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Since its creation, IWRA recognises the contributions towards water management and the excellence of water researchers, professionals, and organisations. These awards are presented at the IWRA World Water Congresses.
|Former Director General，International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), retired from 1 November 2020.
|David L Feldman
|Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine.
|Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development division within the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions, and Cities of the OECD.
|David K. Kreamer
|Professor of Hydrology, University of Nevada Department of Geosciences； President, International Association of Hydrogeologists
|Emeritus Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Catania
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The Water International awards hold immense significance, and IWRA takes the nomination of Best Paper and Honourable Mention seriously, employing an elaborate selection process.
The selection process begins with the editors of Water International (WI) compiling a shortlist of candidate papers. This list is then forwarded to the WI Editorial Board, who meticulously evaluate and choose the successful candidates. As a result, the Water International Best Paper awards are announced a year or two after the publication of the articles, ensuring a thorough and fair assessment.
The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) places great importance on the nomination of the Best Paper and Honourable Mention, which leads to a meticulous selection process. A short list of candidate papers is drawn up by the editors of Water International and forwarded to the Water International 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, 11 to 15 September 2023.
Governing water insecurity: navigating indigenous water rights and regulatory politics in settler
Nicole J. Wilson, Teresa Montoya, Rachel Arsenault & Andrew Curley
Water International, 46.6, 783-801 doi 10.1080/02508060.2021.1928972
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.
The Best Paper and Honourable Mention awards for 2021 are both international collaborations that exemplify what the International Water Resources Association and 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.
Unpacking wastewater reuse arrangements through a new framework: insights from the analysis of
Mohamed Hassan Tawfik, Jaime Hoogesteger, Amgad Elmahdi and Petra Hellegers
Water International, 46.4, 605-625 doi 10.1080/02508060.2021.1921503
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.
Two papers were within a hair’s breadth of each other in the scoring, so for 2022 two Best Papers were selected and no Honourable Mention. Both selections are on important institutional issues that have gained salience in the twenty-first century – how to reoperate reservoirs in a highly stressed basin to meet the challenges of climate change and competing demands, and how to finance the remunicipalisation of urban water. Both touch on critical policy issues of our time and are scalable, of much broader significance than to the localities studied.
Institutions for reoperating reservoirs in semi- arid regions facing climate change and competing
societal water demands: insights from Colorado
Water International, 47.1, 30-54 doi10.1080/02508060.2021.1981636
This is an important and well-structured study on reservoir reoperation in the face of changing societal and environmental conditions with specific focus on the stressed Colorado River basin. It offers an important step in the right direction towards sustainable integrated water resource management. The topic of reoperating reservoirs to meet the challenges of climate change, with its envisioning of infrastructure, is of global relevance.
Laura Turley is Senior Manager at the Geneva Water Hub, a Competence Centre on Water and Peace at the University of Geneva, Switzerland; Christian Bréthaut is Associate Professor at the University of Geneva and Co-Director of the UNESCO Chair in Hydropolitics, and Géraldine Pflieger is the Director of the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva.
Public water without (public) financial mediation? Remunicipalizing water in Valladolid, Spain
Jorge Garcia-Arias, Hug March, Nuria Alonso, and Mar Satorras
Water International, 47.5, 733-750 doi 10.1080/02508060.2021.1921503
This article, a contribution to the special issue on Public Banks and Public Water in Europe edited by David McDonald and Thomas Marois, analyses in detail an innovative remunicipalization process in a public finance/public water framework, and a potential roadmap for remunicipalization elsewhere, but with frank discussion of looming financial and political threats. The lessons that it draws are a contribution to the literature, with elements and insights that can be helpful for similar cases in other parts of the world where remunicipalization of water services is an issue.
Jorge Garcia-Arias is Full Professor of International Political Economy & Critical Development Studies at the University of Leon (ULE), Spain. Hug March is Full Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and researcher at the Urban Transformation and Global Change Laboratory (TURBA, IN3, UOC), Barcelona, Spain. Nuria Alonso is a Professor in the Department of Applied Economics, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), Móstoles, Spain, and Associated Researcher at the Complutense Institute for International Studies, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Madrid, Spain. Mar Satorras is Urban Sustainability Researcher at the Institut Metròpoli, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Bellaterra, Spain, and affiliated researcher at the Urban Transformation and Global Change Laboratory (TURBA, IN3, UOC), Barcelona, Spain.
The winners will receive their awards during the XVIII World Water Congress in Beijing, China (September 11-15, 2023). We look forward to your participation and engagement with the award winners at the Congress.