Selected Publications

Current writing projects include Water International Special Issue on the State and Water Disconnection (with Amber Wutich), and several manuscripts under review at BMJ Open, Society and Natural Resources, Desalination, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Water International, and The Professional Geographer.

PUBLICATIONS ANNOTATIONS *graduate student, ccorresponding author, +post-doctoral scholar

HWISE Consortium AuthorshipConsortium authorship represents my roles in the original research design of the HWISE study, data collection as site PI, and reviewer to the manuscript.  Consortium authorship conveys same responsibility for content as front-listed authorship.


Young, Sera, Josh Miller, Edward Frongillo, Godfred Boateng, Zeina Jamaluddine, Torsten Neilands and HWISE Consortium. (in press, 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)

Sneegas, Gretchen+, Sydney Beckner#, Christian Brannstrom, Wendy Jepson, Kyungsun Lee+, and Lucas Seghezzo (in production) “Using Q Methodology in Environmental Sustainability Research: A Bibliometric and Systematic Review” Ecological Economics

Lee. Kyungsun+ and Wendy Jepson (accepted) “Drivers and barriers to urban water reuse: a systematic review” Water Security

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 (accepted) “Exposing the myths of household water insecurity in the global north: a critical review” WIRES Water

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

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) (accepted) “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

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 [Guest Editorial]

Stoler, J., Wendy Jepson, Amber Wutich. (2020) “Beyond Handwashing: Water Insecurity Undermines COVID-19 Response in Developing Areas” Journal of Global Health [Viewpoint]

Tomaz, P*, W. Jepsonc, J. Santos (2020) “Urban household water insecurities from the margins: Perspectives from Northeast Brazil” The Professional Geographer doi:

Wutich, A. Rosinger, A. Brewis, W. Jepson. J. Stoler (2020) Measuring Water for Human Biology. American Journal of Human Biology doi:

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)

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 doi:  (Jepson HWISE Consortium Author)


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. doi:

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 doi:

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,

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.

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

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)


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

Audrey Joslin* and Wendy Jepson (2018) “Constructing Territory and Authority through Market-based Conservation in Ecuador’s Andes” Geoforum 91:10-20

Bruno, Tianna* and Wendy Jepson. (2018) “Marketization of Environmental Justice: US EPA Environmental Justice Showcase Community Project in Port Arthur, Texas” Local Environment 23 (3) 276-292


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)

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)

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” WIREs Water 4(3)


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


Christian Brannstrom, Mary Tilton*, Andrew Klein, Wendy Jepson (2015) “Spatial Distribution of Estimated Wind-Power Royalties in West Texas,” LAND 4(4), 1182-1199

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

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.


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.

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


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

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


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

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