The editors of Case Studies in the Environment are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Case Studies in the Environment Prize Competition.

Articles eligible for the competition were submitted by the September 15, 2018 deadline and underwent a rigorous peer review process prior to being accepted for publication. Once accepted, a subset of these articles were then nominated by editors from each of CSE’s six content sections, with the ultimate, prize-winning articles evaluated and selected by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Wil Burns.

“As was the case in the first year of our prize competition, we were blessed this year with a large number of excellent contributions,” notes Professor Burns. “Our prize winner, Heather O’Leary, demonstrated the great pedagogical value of case studies, constructing a case focused on the critical role of the informal sector in water decision making in Delhi, and its implications for citizen participation in environmental decisions more broadly. Both Sonya Ahamed et al.’s piece, focused on the food-energy-water nexus in ten contiguous counties in the Denver metro region, and R.M. Colvin et al.’s article on a proposed large-scale wind project in Tasmania, and counterintuitive lessons about citizen engagement, were also compelling case studies with great value for teaching in the classroom and for practitioners.”

The winning articles from the 2018 Case Studies in the Environment Prize Competition, which will remain freely accessible throughout 2019, include:

2018 First Prize article:

Pluralizing Science for Inclusive Water Governance: An Engaged Ethnographic Approach to WaSH Data Collection in Delhi, India

Heather O’Leary, Departments of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Anthropology, University of South Florida (USA)

Professor O’Leary’s article is part of a special issue on Water Science and Collaboration. You can read more from the author in her related blog post, “Engaging Science for Inclusive Water Governance: A Q&A with environmental anthropologist Heather O’Leary.”

2018 Honorable Mention articles:

The Food-Energy-Water Nexus, Regional Sustainability, and Hydraulic Fracturing: An Integrated Assessment of the Denver Region

Sonya Ahamed, Joshua Sperling, Gillian Galford, Jennie C. Stephens and Douglas Arent

Using a Community Vote for Wind Energy Development Decision-Making in King Island, Tasmania

R.M. Colvin, G. Bradd Witt and Justine Lacey

The entire Case Studies in the Environment team gives hearty congratulations to the authors of this year’s prize-winning articles!