Beyond the basin: Water security in transboundary environments

Tamee R. Albrecht, Andrea K. Gerlak

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Water security has emerged as a leading framework for water governance that integrates socio-politico-economic and physical attributes and is readily operationalized. Yet, in transboundary river basins it is unclear to what extent water-security framings have any resonance. We examine how water security has been employed in transboundary water research over the past decade. We find a water-security framing bolsters established governance approaches at the river-basin scale, but also advances new avenues that (1) re-examine the scope of local, national and non-state governance capacity or (2) extend beyond river-basin boundaries and outside the water sector. We examine conceptual and scalar challenges and limitations for transboundary water-security applications and highlight opportunities to expand beyond the river-basin as the dominant focus for transboundary water governance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100124
JournalWater Security
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • Governance
  • River basin
  • Scale
  • Securitization
  • Transboundary
  • Water security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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