About Us

About Us

The idea of an association was founded at the “Water in History: Global Perspectives” conference at Aberystwyth, UK, in the summer of 1999. It became clear, at this conference, that there were a great many historians of water, or historians with an interest in water, or policy makers with an interest in history. These came from a wide range of academic disciplines and public and private institutions.

It also became clear that this group could benefit greatly from the establishment of a network designed to provide a cross fertilisation of ideas and experience, which could illuminate the complex processes shaping water resource use, and reveal interrelated aspects or historical contingencies and precedents. 

The association was formally founded at the IWHA conference “The Role of Water in History and Development” in Bergen August 2001.

The International Water History Association aims to encourage, promote, and foster historical understanding of, and research in, the relationship between water and humankind. IWHA fosters a stronger relationship between those engaged in water history and water administrators, engineers, scientists, planners and other practitioners. Creating public awareness of the role of water in world history and to promote public participation in resolving water resource issues is a main activity.

Once every two years, IWHA holds a conference open to all members of the Association and others.

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Please contact us if you have any questions

A/Prof Ruth Morgan
Treasurer IWHA
The Australian National University
School of History
RSSS Building
Room 6.17
146 Ellery Cres.
ACT 2601

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The Executive Council is the governing body of the Association, managing its business, assets, and activities, including committees if applicable.

The Council convenes by the President at least bi-annually and may be convened at other times either at the President’s request or at the request of a majority of Council members. A quorum of the Council consists of one-third of its members and must include either the President or Vice-President.

The Council is responsible to the members of the Association and present to them such actions or resolutions that, in its judgment, require general Association approval. Approval requires a majority vote of the members present and voting at a general business meeting. 
The general business meeting of members shall be convened during the biannual conference. Officers of the Association and Committee Chairs shall report on their activities. Items requiring general Association approval shall be presented and decided by majority vote of those present and voting. Parliamentary procedure will be used.

The Council includes the following officers: a President, a Vice-President (who shall also be the President-Elect), a Secretary, and a Treasurer. Furthermore, there are five members who hold no other elective office. 

The President serves for a two-year term.  

The Vice-President automatically succeeds to the Presidency after serving for a two-year term. 

The Secretary and the Treasurer serve six-year terms.

The regular members serve a four-year term. 

Members 2019-21

Daniel MacFarlane (Western Michigan University, USA)

Matthew Bender (The College of New Jersey, USA)

Rina Faletti (UC Merced, USA)

Ruth Morgan (Australian National University, Australia)

General members
Najet Aroua (Algiers Polytechnic School of Architecture and Urbanism, Algeria)
Craig Colten (Louisiana State University, USA)
Qian Kefei (Hangzhou Medical College, China)
Muchaparara Musemwa (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
David Pietz (University of Arizona, USA)
Riikka Rajala (Tampere University, Finland)

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