Advancing methods for research on household water insecurity: Studying entitlements and capabilities, socio-cultural dynamics, and political processes, institutions and governance

Wutich, Amber, Budds, Jessica, Eichelberger, Laura, Geere, Jo, Harris, Leila M., Horney, Jennifer A., Jepson, Wendy, Norman, Emma, O'Reilly, Kathleen, Pearson, Amber L., Shah, Sameer H., Shinn, Jamie, Simpson, Karen, Staddon, Chad, Stoler, Justin, Teodoro, Manuel P. and Young, Sera L. (2017) Advancing methods for research on household water insecurity: Studying entitlements and capabilities, socio-cultural dynamics, and political processes, institutions and governance. Water Security, 2. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2468-3124

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    Abstract

    Household water insecurity has serious implications for the health, livelihoods and wellbeing of people around the world. Existing methods to assess the state of household water insecurity focus largely on water quality, quantity or adequacy, source or reliability, and affordability. These methods have significant advantages in terms of their simplicity and comparability, but are widely recognized to oversimplify and underestimate the global burden of household water insecurity. In contrast, a broader definition of household water insecurity should include entitlements and human capabilities, socio-cultural dynamics, and political institutions and processes. This paper proposes a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods that can be widely adopted across cultural, geographic, and demographic contexts to assess hard-to-measure dimensions of household water insecurity. In doing so, it critically evaluates existing methods for assessing household water insecurity and suggests ways in which methodological innovations advance a broader definition of household water insecurity.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: household water insecurity,methods,methodological,qualitative,ethnography,measurement
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
    Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
    Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2017 08:12
    Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 00:55
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/65091
    DOI: 10.1016/j.wasec.2017.09.001

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