Water-security capabilities and the human right to water

Wendy Jepson, Amber Wutich, Leila M. Harris

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

14 Scopus citations


This chapter seeks to advance the lively debate on the human right by re-centering the approach on lived experiences of water. Attention to the community, household, and individual experiences of hydro-social relations provides clarity as to the societal consequences that circulate through the dynamic socio-economic change in water flows and its meaning in relation to everyday life. We draw on Martha Nussbaum’s capability perspective to present concepts and analytics associated with what we term a “water-security capabilities approach.” We illustrate how water security can be redefined in these terms, and most importantly, that a redefinition should shift from securing water as an object (as H2O) to securing water relations that recognize the wider dynamics through which water shape peoples’ lives and contributes to human flourishing and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWater Politics
Subtitle of host publicationGovernance, Justice and the Right to Water
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780429843129
ISBN (Print)9781138320024
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'Water-security capabilities and the human right to water'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this