Preliminary work for this project was funded by the Institute of Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. Hellman’s time involved in the preparation of this manuscript was partially supported by the National Science Foundation’s Sustainability Research Network Grant (No. 1444755).
Hydrological Sciences Journal
Water -- Research -- Case studies, Water -- Social aspects, Water -- Government policy -- United States, Intersectionality (Sociology) -- United States, Equality, Diversity, Social justice
We propose representation justice as a theoretical lens for socio-hydrology and water governance studies. An exploratory survey of 496 water sector employees in the United States revealed that self-identifying females felt more strongly discriminated against due to their gender and other social factors, compared to self-identifying males. Responses unveiled how macro- and microaggressions impede career pathways to leadership positions and, therefore, representation. We identify ways in which socio-hydrology can benefit from a representation justice lens by considering the following: (1) how power and politics shape the composition of the water sector and decision-making processes; (2) how available quantitative data do not account for lived experiences of individuals in the water sector; and (3) how intersectionality cannot easily be accounted for in current socio-hydrological models. We offer a representation justice research and water management agenda that goes beyond quota filling to include meaningful engagement with diverse groups, lenses, and knowledge.
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Haeffner, M., Hellman, D., Cantor, A., Ajibade, I., Oyanedel-Craver, V., Kelly, M., Schifman, L., & Weasel, L. (2021). Representation justice as a research agenda for socio-hydrology and water governance. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2021.1945609