Selected Publications


  • *graduate student, c corresponding author, +post-doctoral scholar


  1. Christian Brannstrom, Wendy Jepson, Sydney Beckner#, Gretchen Sneegas+, Lucas Seghezzo#. “Not a silver bullet: Social perspectives on water desalination and reuse in Texas” Urban Water Journal (accepted, 2022)
  2. Figueroa, Cindy*, Kyungsun Lee+, and Wendy Jepson. (2022) “Corporate social responsibility in the water industry: A critical review” WIRES Water
  3. Mao, Feng, Joshua D. Miller, Sera L. Young, Stefan Krause, David M. Hannah, HWISE Research Coordination Network. “Inequality of Household Water Security: Towards a Developmental Kuznets Curve” Nature Sustainability (Jepson HWISE Consortium Author)
  4. Stoler, Justin, Wendy Jepson, Amber Wutich, Carmen A. Velasco, Patrick Thomson and Paul Westerhoff, (2022) “Rethinking Infrastructure in the Climate Change Era: A MAD (Mobile, Adapting, Decentralized) Approach to Water Security and Sustainability” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
  5. Wutich, Amber, Wendy Jepson, Carmen Velasco, Anais Roque, Zhining Gu, Michael Hausman, Mohammed Hossai, Laura Landes, Rhett Larsen, Olga Morales, Sara Porter, Yu-shiou Tsai, and Madeleine Zheng (2022) “Water Insecurity in the Global North: A review of experiences in U.S. colonias communities along the Mexico border” WIRES Water
  6. Wutich, A. A. Rosinger, A. Brewis, M. Beresford, S. Young & HWISE RCN (2022). Water sharing is a conflictual and distressing reciprocal practice: Cross-cultural evidence. American Anthropologist. (Jepson HWISE Consortium Author


  1. Stoler et al (2021) The Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) Scale: Comparison Scores from 27 Sites in 22 Countries. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 11(6), 1102-1110 (Jepson HWISE Consortium Author)
  2. Roque, Anais*, Amber Wutich, Alexandra Brewis, Melissa Beresford, Carlos García-Quijano, Hilda Lloréns, Wendy Jepson. (2021) “Autogestión and Water Sharing Networks in Puerto Rico after Hurricane María” Water International, 46(6), 938-955.
  3. Empinotti, V.L., Budds, J., Jepson, W., Millington, N., Ferrara, L.N, Gerree, J., Grandisoli, E., da Paz, M.G.A., Puga, B.P., Alves, E.M., Cawood, S., Jacobi, P.R., Kinjo, V.U., Lampis, A., Moretti, R., Octavianti, T., Periotto, N. Quinn, R., Quintslr, S., Sulaiman, S., Vicente, P.A., Wahbi, N. (2021). Advancing Urban Water Security: The Urbanization of Water-Society Relations and Entry Points for Political Engagement. Water International.
  4. Jepson, Wendy, Paula Tomaz+, Juha Baek, and Jader de Oliveira Santos (2021) “Household Water Insecurity in Northeast Brazil: Rural-Urban Comparisons During Drought” Water International
  5. Catherine Fallon Grasham*, Roger Calow, Vincent Casey, Katrina J. Charles, Sara de Wit, Ellen Dyer, Jess Fullwood-Thomas, Mark Hirons, Robert Hope, Sonia Hoque, Wendy Jepson, Marina Korzenevica-Proud, Rebecca Murphy, John Plastow, Ian Ross, Iñigo Ruiz-Apilánez, E. Lisa Schipper, Joanne Trevor, Nigel Walmsley, and Hashim Zaidi. (2021) “Engaging with the politics of climate resilience towards clean water and sanitation for all.” NPJ Clean Water
  6. Wutich, Amber, Wendy Jepson, Justin Stoler,Alexandra Brewis, Michelle Kooy, Katie Meehan, Chad Staddon, and Patrick Thomson (2021) “Household Water Insecurity Research and Future Directions” Journal of the American Water Resources Association
  7. Jepson, Wendy, Patricia Martin, and Joseph Nevins. (2021) “Sorry to bother you: the AAG Climate Action Task Force as a necessary inconvenience” The Professional Geographer 74,1 147-149.
  8. Lee, Kyungsun+ and Wendy Jepson. (2021) “Life cycle assessment studies on desalination: A systematic review” Desalination
  9. Jepson, Wendy, Justin Stoler, Juha Baek, Javier Moran, Felipe Uribe, and Genny Carrillo (2021) “A cross-sectional study to measure household water insecurity and its health outcomes in urban Mexico” British Medical Journal Open
  10. Justin Stoler, Joshua D. Miller, Alexandra Brewis,Matthew Freeman, Leila M. Harris, Wendy Jepson, Amber L. Pearson,Asher Y. Rosinger,Sameer H. Shah,Chad Staddon,Cassandra Workman, Amber Wutich, Sera L. Young,and the Household Water Insecurity Experiences Research Coordination Network (HWISE RCN) (2021) “Household Water Insecurity Will Complicate the Ongoing COVID-19 Response: Evidence from 29 Sites in 23 Low- and Middle-Income Countries” International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health


  1. Young, Sera, Josh Miller, Edward Frongillo, Godfred Boateng, Zeina Jamaluddine, Torsten Neilands and HWISE Consortium. (2020). Validity of a Four-Item Household Water Insecurity Experiences Scale (HWISE-4) for Assessing Water Issues Related to Health and Well-Being. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Jepson HWISE Consortium Author)
  2. Sneegas, Gretchen+, Sydney Beckner#, Christian Brannstrom, Wendy Jepson, Kyungsun Lee+, and Lucas Seghezzo (2020) “Using Q Methodology in Environmental Sustainability Research: A Bibliometric and Systematic Review” Ecological Economics
  3. Lee, Kyungsun+ and Wendy Jepson. (2020) “Systematic review of water reuse, recycling and reclamation for sustainable urban water use” Water Security
  4. Venkataramanan, Vidya, Jo-Anne Geere, Benjamin Thomae, Justin Stoler, Paul R. Hunter, Sera L. Young, and the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) Research Coordination Network (RCN) “In pursuit of “safe” water: the burden of personal injury from water-fetching in 21 low- and middle-income countries” BMJ Global Health (Jepson HWISE Consortium Author)
  5. Meehan, Katie, Wendy Jepson, Leila Harris, Amber Wutich, Melissa Beresford, Amanda Fencl, Jonathan London, Gregory Pierce, Lucero Radonic, Christian Wells, Nicole Wilson, and the HWISE Consortium (2020) “Exposing the myths of household water insecurity in the global north: a critical review” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews – Water e1486
  6. Rosinger, Asher, Alexandra Brewis, Amber Wutich, Wendy Jepson, Chad Staddon, Justin Stoler, Sera L. Young, and HWISE Consortium. (2020) “Water borrowing is consistently practiced and associated with water system failures across diverse environments globally” Global Environmental Change
  7. Harris, L., C. Staddon, A. Wutich, J. Budds, W. Jepson, A Pearson, E. Adams. (2020) “Water sharing and the right to water: Refusal, rebellion, and everyday resistance” Political Geography
  8. Stoler, J., Wendy Jepson, Amber Wutich. (2020) “Beyond Handwashing: Water Insecurity Undermines COVID-19 Response in Developing Areas” Journal of Global Health
  9. Tomaz, P*, W. Jepsonc, J. Santos (2020) “Urban household water insecurities from the margins: Perspectives from Northeast Brazil” The Professional Geographer
  10. Stoler, J., A. Pearson, C. Staddon, A. Wutich, E. Mack, A. Brewis, A. Rosinger and HWISE Consortium. (2020) Cash water expenditures are associated with household water insecurity, food insecurity, and perceived stress in study sites across 20 low-and middle-income countries Science of the Total Environment (Jepson HWISE Consortium Author)
  11. Schuster R., Butler M., Wutich A., Miller J., Young S., and HWISE Consortium. (2020). “If there is no water, we cannot feed our children”: The far-reaching consequences of water insecurity on infant feeding practices and infant health across 16 low- and middle-income countries. American Journal of Human Biology.  (Jepson HWISE Consortium Author)


  1. Wutich, A. Rosinger, A. Brewis, W. Jepson. J. Stoler (2019) Measuring Water for Human Biology. American Journal of Human Biology
  2. Young, Sera, Godfred Boeteng, Torsten Neilands, Josh Miller, Shalean Collins, Alexandra Brewis, Ed Frongillo, Hugo Melgar-Quinoes, Roseanne Schuster, Amber Wutich, Wendy Jepson, and Justin Stoler, and HWISE Consortium (2019) “Development and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Household Water Insecurity Across Cultures: The Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) Scale”. BMJ Global Health 2019;4:e001750.
  3. Brewis, Alexandra, Cassandra Workman, Amber Wutich, Wendy Jepson, Sera Young, and the HWISE-RCN (2019) “Household Water Insecurity Is a Plausible Driver of Food Insecurity: Evidence from 27 Sites in Low- and Middle-Income Countries” American Journal of Human Biology
  4. Beckner, Sydney*, Wendy Jepson, Christian Brannstrom, and John Tracy (2019) “‘What You Have Is a Very Poor Region and a Very Rich Buyer’: Social Perspectives on Urban Water Security and Groundwater Transfers in Central Texas” Society & Natural Resources, 32:11, 1222-1238,
  5. Jepson, W., Amber Wutich, and Leila Harris. (2019) “Water-Security Capabilities and the Human Right to Water.” In Farhana Sultana and Alex Loftus (Eds.), Water Politics: Governance, Justice and the Right to Water. Routledge Earthscan, New York and London, pages 84-98.
  6. Young, Sera, Godfred Boeteng, Torsten Neilands, Josh Miller, Shalean Collins, Alexandra Brewis, Ed Frongillo, Wendy Jepson, Hugo Melgar-Quinoes, Roseanne Schuster, Justin Stoler, Amber Wutich (2019). “A Protocol for the Development and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Household Water Insecurity Across Cultures: The Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) scale” British Medical Journal Open 9 (1) bmjopen-2018-023558; https://10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023558
  7. Alexandra Brewis, Asher Rosinger, Amber Wutich, Ellis Adams, Lee Cronk, Amber Pearson, Cassandra Workman, Sera Young, and the HWISE Consortium* (2019) Water Sharing, reciprocity, and need: A comparative study of inter-household water transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Accepted for publication in Economic Anthropology doi: https://10.1002/sea2.12143 (Jepson HWISE Consortium Author)


  1. Wutich, A., J. Budds, W. Jepson, L. Harris, E. Adams, A. Brewis, L. Cronk, C. DeMyers, K. Maes, T. Marley, J. Miller, A. Pearson, A. Rosinger, R. Schuster, J. Stoler, C. Staddon, P. Wiessner, C. Workman, S.L. Young. (2018) “Household Water Sharing: A Review of Water Gifts, Exchanges, and Transfers across Cultures.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews – Water  https://10.1002/wat2.1309
  2. Audrey Joslin* and Wendy Jepson (2018) “Constructing Territory and Authority through Market-based Conservation in Ecuador’s Andes” Geoforum 91:10-20
  3. Bruno, Tianna* and Wendy Jepson. (2018) “Market Environmental Justice: EPA Environmental Justice Showcase Community Project in Port Arthur, Texas” Local Environment 23 (3) 276-292
  4. Wutich, A. Jessica Budds, Emma Norman, Wendy Jepson, Kathleen O’Reilly, Sameer H. Shah, Leila Harris, Jamie Shinn, and Sera Young (2017) “Advancing Methods for Research on Household Water Insecurity: Studying Entitlements and Capabilities, Socio-cultural dynamics, and Political Processes, Institutions and Governance” Water Security 1(2)


  1. Jepson, Wendy, Jessica Budds, Emma Norman, Amber Wutich, Kathleen O’Reilly, Sameer H. Shah, Leila Harris, Jamie Shinn, and Sera Young (2017) “Advancing Water Security for Human Development: A Relational Perspective” Water Security 1(1)
  2. Jepson, Wendy, Amber Wutich, Godfred Boeteng, Shalean Collins, and Sera Young. (2017) “Progress in Household Water Insecurity Metrics: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective in the Social Sciences” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews – Water 4(3)


  1.  Jepson, Wendy and Emily Vandewalle* (2016) “Household Water Insecurity in the Global North: A Study of Rural and Peri-urban Settlements on the Texas-Mexico Border” The Professional Geographer 68 (1) 66-81


  1. Christian Brannstrom, Mary Tilton*, Andrew Klein, Wendy Jepson (2015) “Spatial Distribution of Estimated Wind-Power Royalties in West Texas,” LAND 4(4), 1182-1199
  2. Vandewalle, Emily* and Wendy Jepson (2015) “Mediating Water Governance: Point-of-use Water Filtration Devices for Low-income Communities on the US-Mexico border” GEO: Geography and Environment 2(9) 107-121
  3. Jepson, Wendy and Christian Brannstrom. (2015) “Techno-nature the Scalar Politics of Water Governance in South Texas” in E. Norman, C. Cook, and A. Cohen (eds) Negotiating Scale in Water Governance (London: Ashgate Publications), 152-177.


  1. Jepson, Wendy and Heather Lee Brown* (2014) “‘If No Gasoline, No Water’: Privatizing Drinking Water Quality in South Texas Colonias.” Environment and Planning A 46 (5): 1032-1048.
  2. Jepson, Wendy. (2014) “Measuring ‘No-Win’ Waterscapes: Experience-based Scales and Classification Approaches to Assess Household Water Security in Colonias on the US-Mexico Border” Geoforum 51: 107-120


  1. Jepson, Wendy, Christian Brannstrom, and Nicole Persons* (2012) “ ‘We Don’t Take the Pledge’: Environmentality and Environmental Skepticism in the Epicenter of US Wind Energy Development” Geoforum (43): 851-863
  2. Jepson, Wendy. (2012) “Claiming Space, Claiming Water: Contested Legal Geographies of Water Conflict in South Texas” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 102(3): 614-631


  1. Brannstrom, Christian, Wendy Jepson, and Nicole Persons*. (2011) “Social Perspectives of Wind-Energy Development in West Texas” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101(4): 839-85
  2. Jepson, Wendy, Christian Brannstrom, and Anthony Filippi. (2010)  “Access Regimes and Regional Land Change in the Brazilian Cerrado, 1972-2002” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100 (1): 87-111
  3. Millington, Andrew and Wendy Jepson (Eds.) (2008) Land-Change Science in the Tropics Boston:Springer Publications
  4. Jepson, Wendy, C. Brannstrom and R. Stancato*. (2008) “Brazilian Biotechnology Governance: Consensus and Conflict over Genetically Modified Crops” in Food for the Few: Social and Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Biotechnology in Latin America edited byG. Otero and M. Poitras (Austin: The University of Texas Press): 217-242.
  5. Jepson, Wendy, J. C. Brown, and Matthew Koeppe* (2008).  “Agricultural Intensification on Brazil’s Soybean Frontier in Southern Rondônia” In Land-Change Science in the Tropics edited by Andrew Millington and Wendy Jepson (Boston: Springer Publications): 73-92
  6. Brannstrom, C., Wendy Jepson, A. Filippi, X. Xu*, S. Ganesh*, and D. Redo* (2008) “Land Change in the Brazilian Savanna (Cerrado), 1986-2002: Comparative Analysis and Implications for Land-Use Policy,” Land Use Policy 25 (4): 579-595
  7. J. C. Brown, Wendy Jepson, John Lomas, Brian Wardlow*, Jude Kastens, and Kevin Price. (2007) “Multi-temporal, Moderate Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing of Modern Agricultural Production and Land Modification in the Brazilian Amazon” GIScience and Remote Sensing 44 (2): 117-141
  8. Jepson, Wendy. (2006) “Private Agricultural Colonization on a Brazilian Frontier, 1970-1980” Journal of Historical Geography, 32(4): 839-863
  9. Jepson, Wendy. (2006) “Producing a Modern Agricultural Frontier: Firms and Cooperatives in Eastern Mato Grosso, Brazil,” Economic Geography 82 (3): 289-316
  10. Jepson, Wendy. (2005) “Spaces of Labor Activism, Mexican American Women and the Farm Worker Movement in Texas’s Lower Rio Grande Valley,” Antipode 37 (4): 679-702
  11. Jepson, Wendy, Christian Brannstrom and Renato Stancato* (2005) “A Case of Contested Ecological Modernization: Governance of Genetically Modified Crops in Brazil,” for Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 23: 295-310
  12. Jepson, Wendy. (2005) “A Disappearing Biome? Reconsidering Land-Cover Change in the Brazilian Savanna,” The Geographical Journal 171 (2): 99-111
  13. Jepson, Wendy. (2004) “Of Soil, Situation and Salubrity: Medical Topography and Medical Officers in Nineteenth-Century British India,” Historical Geography 32: 137-155
  14. Brown, JC, Wendy Jepson, and Kevin Price (2004) “Expansion of Mechanized Agriculture and Land-Cover Change in Southern Rondônia, Brazil” Journal of Latin American Geography 3 (1): 97-103
  15. Jepson, Wendy. (2002) “Globalization and Brazilian Biosafety: The Politics of Scale over Biotechnology Governance,” Political Geography 21: 905-925.