Special Issue on 21st Century Water Management

Submission Deadline: Jun. 25, 2020

This special issue currently is open for paper submission and guest editor application.

Please download to know all details of the Special Issue

Special Issue Flyer (PDF)

  • Special Issue Editor
    • Anita Meldrum
      Department of Construction and Surveying, School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, UK
    Guest Editors play a significant role in a special issue. They maintain the quality of published research and enhance the special issue’s impact. If you would like to be a Guest Editor or recommend a colleague as a Guest Editor of this special issue, please Click here to fulfill the Guest Editor application.
    • Natiq Joodi
      Department of Built and Natural Environment,Caledonian College of Engineering, Seeb, Oman
    • David Campbell
      Institute for Sustainable Building Design, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
    • Vithal Karoshi
      Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lilongwe, Malawi
    • Kenneth Masuki
      Head of Resource Mobilisation, Global Water Partnership, Tanzania (GWPTZ), Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
    • Jonathan Quebbeman
      RTI International, Fort Collins, USA
    • Robert Brears
      Middlebury Institute of International Studies(MIIS), Monterey, USA
  • Introduction

    A range of issues are emerging related to water management at a global scale, including: pollution, plastic and pharmaceuticals; water resource data availability; private water supplies; flood and/or drought; solving water and sanitation access issues; how to engage local people in sustainable water delivery. Even where there are well developed infrastructures to manage water and sanitation provision, there are some important 21st century problems that require focused attention in order to protect ecosystem and human health across the world in future.
    For example, new approaches to solving water issues in the developing world like integrated water resource management (IWRM), or adaptive water management (AWM), which are intended to be more holistic approaches to managing water in a country, have not taken hold, often due to lack of local capacity and resources.
    From a climate change perspective, industrial activities have led to atmospheric changes that are considered to be dangerous interference in the water cycle and water pollution levels. On an international level, therefore, significant wealth and technology transfers are needed to enable developing countries to break free from adverse trade agreements with developed countries, reduce pollution burdens, and to reduce conflict. On a local scale, climate policy must facilitate sustainable development of local communities with renewable, community based energy infrastructures at their core. In addition, the larger global impacts on water due to the expansion of plastics and pharmaceuticals usage require urgent global action.
    Increasing global water scarcity is due to poor water management and resource insufficiency, increasing populations, rapid urbanization, industrialization and deforestation, as well as the effects of climate change, all of which are having impacts on environmental migration. Given that the main uses of water are for food and energy production and environmental security, there is increasing demand for it as populations increase. As economies develop, eating patterns change and diets move from vegetarian to meat eating, with the increased water footprints that result. Biofuels, which are one of the ‘sustainable’ energy production options, have become popular, but use 70-400 times more water than do fossil fuels.
    Climate justice principles demand that both local communities and indigenous peoples should be made aware, be consulted and be active crafters, as well as beneficiaries of solutions to their water access issues. If that were to happen the people would have more involvement in solving issues that lead to conflict, insecurity and migration.
    This special issue aims to present some currently emerging work on these complex problems that offer the potential to understand the scale of, or provide potential solutions to these problems.


    Aims and Scope:

    1. Water resource management
    2. Water pollution
    3. Plastics in water
    4. Water data and GIS
    5. Flood risk management
    6. Community water engagement

  • Guidelines for Submission

    Manuscripts can be submitted until the expiry of the deadline. Submissions must be previously unpublished and may not be under consideration elsewhere.

    Papers should be formatted according to the guidelines for authors (see: http://www.ajwse.org/submission). By submitting your manuscripts to the special issue, you are acknowledging that you accept the rules established for publication of manuscripts, including agreement to pay the Article Processing Charges for the manuscripts. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online manuscript submission system at http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/login. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website.

  • Published Papers

    The special issue currently is open for paper submission. Potential authors are humbly requested to submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript by clicking here.

Browse journals by subject