Water and water security have been central to my publications for the past four years.  My current writing project is a short monograph “Water Security for Water Justice” (under contract, Palgrave Pivot) that explores the underlying questions of justice, capabilities and human dignity related to water security and proposes an alternative approach to water security advances environmental or water justice goals more so than a rights-based approach. The implications for governance practices, politics and pathways that may advance a progressive water security agenda.


  • Jepson, W., & Vandewalle, E. (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 doi: 10.1080/00330124.2015.1028324
  • Vandewalle, E., & Jepson, W. (2015). Mediating water governance: point-of-use water filtration devices for low-income communities along the US–Mexico border. GEO: Geography and Environment 2107121.
  • Jepson, W. and C Brannstrom (2015) “Techno-nature and the scaling of water governance” in E. Norman, C. Cook, and A. Cohen (eds) Negotiating Scale in Water Governance. London: Ashgate Publications
  • Jepson, W. and H. L. Brown* (2014) “‘If no gasoline, no water’: Privatizing drinking water quality in south Texas colonias” Environment and Planning A 46 (5): 1032-1048
  • Jepson, W. (2014) “Measuring a ‘no-win’ waterscape: Experience-based scales and classification approaches to measure household water security in colonias on the US-Mexico Border” Geoforum (51): 107-120.
  • Jepson, W., C. Brannstrom, and N. 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, W. (2012) “Claiming water, claiming space: Contested legal geographies of water in south Texas”  Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(3):614-631
  • Brannstrom, C., W. Jepson, and N. Persons*. (2011) “Social Perspectives of Wind-Energy Development in West Texas” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101(4):839-851.
  • Jepson, W., Brannstrom, C., Filippi, A. (2010). Access Regimes and Regional Land Change in the Brazilian Cerrado, 1972-2002.  Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(1):87-111.
  • Millington, A., and Jepson, W., eds. (2008). Land Change Science in the Tropics Boston. Springer Publications.
  • Jepson, W. and A. Millington, (2008) The Changing Countryside. In Millington, A. and Jepson, W. (eds.), Land Change Science in the Tropics. Springer Publications, Boston
  • Jepson, W., Brown, J.C., and Koeppe, M. (2008). Agricultural Intensification on Brazil’s Soybean Frontier in Southern Rondônia. In Millington, A. and Jepson, W. (eds.), Land Change Science in the Tropics. Springer Publications, Boston.
  • Jepson, W., Brannstrom, C., and Stancato, R. (2008). Brazilian Biotechnology Governance: Consensus and Conflict over Genetically Modified Crops. In Otero, G. (ed.), Food for the Few: Neoliberal Globalism and Biotechnology in Latin America. University of Texas Press, Austin, pp. 217-242.
  • Brannstrom, C., Jepson, W., Filippi, A., Xu, X., and Redo, D.* (2008). Land Change in the Brazilian Savanna (Cerrado), 1986-2002: Comparative Analysis and Implications for Land-Use Policy. Land Use Policy 25(4): 455-608
  • Brown, J. C. W. Jepson, J. Lomas, B. 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
  • Jepson, W. (2006)  “Private Agricultural Colonization on a Brazilian Frontier, 1970-1980” Journal of Historical Geography, 32(4): 839-863
  • Jepson, W. (2006) “Producing a Modern Agricultural Frontier: Firms and Cooperatives in Eastern Mato Grosso, Brazil,” Economic Geography 82 (3): 289-316
  • Jepson, W. (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
  • Jepson, W., C. Brannstrom and R. Stancato (2005) “A Case of Contested Ecological Modernization: Governance of Genetically Modified Crops in Brazil,” for Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy23: 295-310
  • Jepson, W. (2005) “A Disappearing Biome? Reconsidering Land-Cover Change in the Brazilian Savanna,” The Geographical Journal 171 (2): 99-111
  • Jepson, W. (2004) “Of Soil, Situation and Salubrity: Medical Topography and Medical Officers in Nineteenth-Century British India,” Historical Geography 32: 137-155
  • Brown, JC, W. Jepson, and K. Price (2004) “Expansion of Mechanized Agriculture and Land-Cover Change in Southern Rondônia, Brazil” Journal of Latin American Geography 3 (1), 97-103
  • Jepson, W. (2002) “Globalization and Brazilian Biosafety: The Politics of Scale over Biotechnology Governance,” Political Geography 21: 905-925.


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