Role of Water Technology Innovation

Supporting publications

Water Research and Water Resources and Economics are the official journals of the International Water Association (IWA).

Based on submissions we intend to develop two special issues in Water Research and Water Resources and Economics. Those invited for oral presentation will be directly asked to submit a paper for the special issue; all others are welcome to submit their paper. All papers will undergo the regular peer review process. We believe that these special issues will give a further push to the research on the role of water science and technology innovation and the necessary institutional-economic enabling environment to foster sustainable behavioral change in current water use and depletion.

Water Resources & Economics

Water Research publishes refereed, original research papers on all aspects of the science and technology of water quality and its management worldwide. A broad outline of the journal's scope includes:

  • Treatment processes for water and wastewaters, municipal, agricultural and industrial, including residuals management.
  • Water quality monitoring and assessment, based on chemical, physical and biological methods.
  • Studies on inland, tidal or coastal waters and urban waters, including surface and ground waters, and point and non-point sources of pollution.
  • The limnology of lakes, impoundments and rivers.
  • Solid and hazardous waste management, including source characterization and the effects and control of leachates and gaseous emissions.
  • Environmental restoration, including soil and groundwater remediation.
  • Analysis of the interfaces between sediments and water, and water/atmosphere interactions.
  • The application of mathematical modelling and system analysis techniques.
  • Public health and risk assessment.
  • Socio-economic studies.

Water Resources & Economics

For the purpose of sustainable water resources management, the scientific assessment of the multiple connections between water resources and the economy is crucial. Water Resources and Economics addresses the financial and economic dimensions affecting the use of water resources, be it water extraction, pollution or allocation, across different economic sectors like agriculture, energy, industry and urban water supply as well as between local, regional and transboundary river basins. Water Resources and Economics aims to contribute to the development of advanced integrated hydro-economic modeling at river basin, national and international scale, water resources valuation, the design and evaluation of water policy instruments, including water markets, and the economics of public water supply, sanitation and waste water treatment in developed and developing regions.

The journal is aimed to economists, natural scientists and engineers. Papers should deal with the changing value of water in its different uses and the evaluation of economic tradeoffs, aiming for the creation of water resource management strategies that are ecologically, socially and economically sustainable. Both conceptual/methodological as well as applied research papers are welcome.