Racism is a core driver of water insecurity

Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) – Research Coordination Network (RCN) is a community of scholars and practitioners who research and work in the interdisciplinary field of water insecurity. We join their statement in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Racism is a core driver of water insecurity. Systemic racism underlies water injustices in Flint, the Navajo Nation and so many other communities across the US. Re-affirming our longstanding commitment to environmental justice, the HWISE Community will amplify the work of our members and community partners fighting for water justice and racial equality. While continuing to educate ourselves and improve our own knowledge production practices, we also hope to provide insight, support, and expertise that can contribute to ending the white supremacy, colonialism, and systemic racism that produce water insecurity, both in the US and internationally.

We will be curating resources and archiving them on our website at this link. We welcome input and suggestions to improve this collection.

In solidarity,
Dr. Wendy Jepson, on behalf of the HWISE-RCN Executive Committee (Dr. Chad Staddon, Dr. Justin Stoler, Dr. Amber Wutich, Dr. Sera Young) and the HWISE-RCN Steering Committee (Dr. Ellis Adams, Dr. Jessica Budds, Dr. Alexandra Brewis Slade, Dr. Vanessa Empinotti, Dr. Edward Frongillo, Dr. Hala Ghattas, Dr. Leila Harris, Dr. Michelle Kooy, Dr. Katie Meehan, Dr. Amber Pearson, Dr. Roseanne Schuster, Dr. Farhana Sultana, Dr. Cassandra Workman).

HWISE-RCN is an NSF (US) funded initiative (2018-2023) dedicated to building a community of practice that fosters key analytics and theoretical advances coupled with the development of research protocols and standardized assessments to document, benchmark, and understand the causes and outcomes of water insecurity at the household scale.”

Featured image: Photo by Julian Wan on Unsplash


Michelle Kooy

Michelle is an Associate Professor of the Politics of Urban Water at IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education. Her research is concerned with how inequalities in access to water and exposure to water related risks in and across urban spaces are mediated through water infrastructure.

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