The water security discourse and its main actors

Robert G. Varady, Tamee R. Albrecht, Chad Staddon, Andrea K. Gerlak, Adriana A. Zuniga-Teran

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9 Scopus citations


This is a chapter about the advent and adoption by water scholars of a new term, "water security. " How did this term appear, how is it defined, in which settings does it apply, what are its different facets and interpretations? Has it impacted water management and if so, how? The authors explore the discourse surrounding this term and the persons and institutions that have found it useful, channeled it, challenged it, and popularized it over the past century.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Water Resources Management
Subtitle of host publicationDiscourses, Concepts and Examples
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)9783030601478
ISBN (Print)9783030601454
StatePublished - Jun 12 2021


  • Discourse
  • Soft path
  • Transboundary waters
  • Water governance
  • Water insecurity
  • Water security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • General Medicine


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