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Call for Papers

WASH Economics and Financing: towards a better understanding of costs and benefits

In this special issue of Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, we invite research articles that would be based on empirical evidence and grounded in economics, finance and/or related disciplines to study “how relevant actors (e.g. individuals, households, communities, businesses, governments) make decisions about the allocation and means of providing scarce resources in the delivery and use of WASH services.1

Submissions that are interdisciplinary and which draw on behavioural insights from economics, finance and related fields are particularly welcome.  Contributions can cover all aspects of WASH or individual components of WASH, and may consider (but are not limited to) research on the following topics:

-          Household preferences for WASH goods and services

-          Drivers of demand for WASH goods and services

-          Valuations and costings of WASH goods and services

-          Gender and other (e.g., geography, climate) differentials in the above topics

-          Effectiveness of interventions in affecting preferences, demand, uptake of WASH goods and services

-          Novel approaches to project or programme financing

Guest Editors:

Britta Augsburg, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies, UK
Aaron Salzberg, Director, The Water Institute at UNC, USA
Tristano Sainati, Lecturer in Project Management, University of Leeds, UK

Submission information:

Please refer to the journal’s Instructions for Authors for the journal formatting requirements. Submissions should be made via the journal’s online peer review system; choose the Article Type “Special Issue Article”, and the Section/Category “Economics and Financing Special Issue”.

Key dates:

Deadline for submission: Friday 21 February 2020
Expected publication: mid-2020


1 Ian Ross, What Is WASH Economics:

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