The International Journal of Water Governance (IJWG) aims to be a source of knowledge on governance of complex water systems, and an inspiration for all professionals in the water domain to improve the governance capacity in the domain in which they operate. In order to achieve this two-sided ambition we want to focus on actual and urgent theoretical issues and bring them further by application and elaboration in the domains of water. This is the primary aim in the special issues. At the same time we take care of the actual topics practitioners in the water domain are dealing with. From a variety of disciplines we gather new insights on what constitutes the governance capacity with regard to specific topics, like water quality, flooding or scarcity.
The scientific domains we cover in IJWG, all related to the governance question, are: Public management, law, sociology, economics, planning, environmental sciences, risk management and innovation studies. Furthermore we aim to develop a strategy in which the disciplinary contributions are confronted and combined in order to achieve a more interdisciplinary approach of water governance. We expect that professionals in the field can play an important role in these processes of transforming high quality, but also partially disciplinary knowledge sources into more integrated knowledge leading to innovations and improvements in the water governance systems all over the world.
For: law schools, (water) engineering, (public) administration, (water) management, social sciences / business administration programs -- is an interdisciplinary source of information about the governance of complex water systems, and a building block for water professionals to strengthen governance of a critical natural resource. Contributions focus on both practical and theoretical issues to drive the growth and development of management and policy.