SOAS University of London

Centre for Water and Development

James Nickum

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James E. Nickum
Centre for Water and Development

Professorial Research Associate

Professor James Nickum


James E. Nickum, a resident of Japan with a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California (Berkeley), is currently Vice-President of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Water International since 2007. He is a widely published institutional economist specializing in various facets of water and environmental governance, especially but not exclusively in China, which he visited for the first time in 1974.  He has worked at Cornell University, Winrock International (Beijing), the East-West Center in Honolulu, and the University of Tokyo, among others.