We are a Chapter of the International Association for the Study of the Commons
With the financial support of the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China
Raymond Yu Wang (Southern University of Science and Technology, SUSTech)
Jinxia Wang (Peking University, PKU)
Wai Fung Lam (The University of Hong Kong, HKU)
Irrigation has a long history in East Asia. The ways in which water is organised, allocated and utilised demonstrate endogenous responses to the conditions of natural habitats such as rainfall, topography, population density and amounts of farmland. Although the development of irrigation has significantly sustained the prosperity of rural communities, traditional irrigation management in East Asia has been confronting a series of new challenges in the past few decades.
Among these challenges, the most arduous include:
These new challenges, combined with increasing environmental pressure, have changed the characteristics of collective action in irrigation and rural affairs, thus presenting novel institutional and policy problems for rural communities and decision makers.
This special issue aims at revisiting irrigation management in East Asia against the backdrop of rapid socio-economic transformation. We particularly welcome papers that probe into the institutional dynamics, policy processes, social relations and power struggles that are related to the co-management of irrigation systems by public, communal and private actors.
Key questions include, but are not limited to, the following:
For this special issue, we are looking for contributions that are based on empirical work in a specific locality and/or comparatively across regions or countries, and which engage in theoretical discussions on the institutions, policies and practices of irrigation management in East Asia. We also welcome papers that take stock of historical changes in irrigation-based socio-ecological systems in the longue durée. Contributions may be grounded in fields and disciplines such as institutional and agricultural economics, human geography, political ecology, political economy, political science, sociology and anthropology.
Abstracts should be approximately 500 to 1000 words long and should briefly present the analytical framework, methodology, main findings and arguments. Please send your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org
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