Aim and Scope

The Aim of AquaScape is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal focused on the nexus of gender, women's issues, and water dynamics. The aims of the journal are:

  • To publish high-quality, original research and analysis on the gendered dimensions of water access, rights, usage, management, and governance.
  • To advance feminist theoretical perspectives, concepts, and methodologies within the study of water issues facing communities worldwide.
  • To interrogate and make visible the ways gender norms, identities, and power relations shape human interactions with water at local, regional and global scales.
  • To inform gender-equitable policy, practice and activism surrounding water sustainability, security, conservation and justice.

The scope of AquaScape encompasses submissions from diverse fields including geography, anthropology, feminist studies, political ecology, environmental humanities, sociology, planning, human rights and more. We welcome contributions exploring themes such as (but not limited to):

  • Women’s participation and leadership in community-based water management
  • The impacts of water commodification, contamination, scarcity and disasters on women
  • Water, gender and health linkages
  • Cultural representations and symbolic meanings of water and femininity
  • Water access as an issue of intersectional social justice
  • Gender roles and relations in water conservation behaviors and movements
  • Gendered perspectives on water management and governance
  • Women's roles in water-based livelihoods and resource management
  • Intersectional analyses of water justice and environmental equity
  • Spatial dimensions of water access, distribution, and infrastructure
  • Cultural representations of water and gender in art, literature, and media
  • Feminist approaches to urban planning and water-sensitive design
  • Indigenous knowledge systems and practices related to water stewardship
  • Community-based initiatives for water conservation and resilience-building.

Submissions deploying critical, interdisciplinary lenses to analyze the interlinkages between gender, water and place are highly encouraged. Both empirical and theoretical perspectives from academics and practitioners are welcome. Overall, AquaScape seeks to enrich interdisciplinary conversations on how women’s lives are shaped by and actively shape water systems worldwide.