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International Journal of Society Systems Science
International Journal of Society Systems Science


Special Issue on: "Should water and sanitation services be privatised?"

Guest Editor:
Dr. Muhammad Mizanur Rahaman, Aalto University, Finland

In recent years, privatisation and public-private partnerships have been advocated for providing efficient drinking water supply, wastewater management and sanitation services. This issue seeks to assess the current management practices and related policies, institutions, organisations and actors in drinking water supply, wastewater management and sanitation to seek an understanding about the contemporary much- debated question in the water world: should water and sanitation services be privatised for ensuring efficient management?

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Water services provision in areas of poverty
  • Drinking water supply, sanitation and wastewater management in the developing world
  • Drinking water, wastewater management, sanitation and health
  • Minimum basic water requirements
  • Water as a human right
  • Water and millennium development goals
  • Water and education
  • Drinking water and sanitation for peace
  • Security, drinking water and sanitation provisions
  • Drinking water and sanitation services for tourism
  • Practices of urban water supply and sanitation institutions
  • Rural water services and sanitation institutions
  • Role, policies and influence of international monetary organisations, e.g. World Bank, ADB, IMF
  • Policy and influence of multinational water companies
  • Roles and policies of regional organisations, e.g. EU, African Union , SAARC
  • Role of United Nations
  • Financial mechanisms for drinking water and sanitation infrastructure development
  • Ownership of water infrastructures
  • Local knowledge and best practices in water services
  • Good and bad water services and sanitation management practices and lesson learned from both public and private sectors
  • Public-private partnerships in water services
  • International and regional legal instruments for water services and sanitation
  • National water policies and laws
  • Comparative analysis of national approaches to water services management
  • Cost-benefit analysis of water supply and sanitation interventions
  • Willingness-to-pay and the management of water services
  • Local and national water policy expertise and its influence on water services management

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a double-blind review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for manuscript submission: 10 April, 2012

Communication of peer review to authors: 10 July, 2012

Deadline for revised manuscripts: 15 September, 2012