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Centre for Water and Development

Centre for Water and Development Members

Alberto Asquer
Alberto Asquer

Public policy and management, especially in the political economy of regulation and regulatory reforms, public policy implementation, public management.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4460
  • Email: aa144@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 442
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11-1
Kate Bayliss
Member, Centre for Water and Development
Kate Bayliss

The impact of privatisation and commercialisation; public and private sector systems of provision; infrastructure development; utilities; role of domestic private sector in basic service delivery, equity impact of institutional and infrastructure reform. 

Philippe Cullet
Member, Centre for Water and Development
Philippe Cullet Law and environment, law and natural resources, intellectual property, water, human rights, international law, India.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4651
  • Email: pcullet@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 226
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 15:00 to 17:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 2014/15
Ben Groom
Ben Groom

Ben is an Associate Professor in Environment and Development Economics at the Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science. He obtained a PhD in Economics from University College London in 2005. His research includes social discounting for long-term public projects, the economics of water resources and the economics of agriculture and food security. He has served as a Consultant for numerous international organisations, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the World Wide Fund for Nature. He has also advised governments in the UK, USA, Norway, China, Namibia and Pakistan on various aspects of environmental policy.

Peter P Mollinga
Director, Centre for Water and Development
Peter Mollinga South Asia, Central Asia; comparative political sociology of water resources and development; technology and agrarian change; boundary work in natural resources management; interdisciplinary social theory.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4631
  • Email: pm35@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4415
  • Office Hours: By appointment (Term 1only)
  • On Sabbatical:Term 2 (2014/15)
David Mosse
Member, Centre for Water and Development
David Mosse India, especially Tamil Nadu and adivasi western India; caste and religion, dalit politics, vernacular Christianity, environmental history, common property resources, indigenous irrigation, participatory rural development, aid agencies, anthropology of development
  • Tel: 020 7898 4426
  • Email: dm21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 573
  • Office Hours: By email appointment only

Giuseppina Siciliano
Member, Centre for Water and Development
Giuseppina Siciliano Research: Environmental economics, specialising in public policy evaluation, environment and development.
Laurence Smith
Member, Centre for Water and Development
Laurence Smith Research: Natural resource management, water resources, rural development and poverty reduction.

Frauke Urban
Member, Centre for Water and Development
Frauke Urban Research: Climate change and development, climate change mitigation, low carbon development and energy policy, with a regional focus on Asia.

Professorial Research Associates

Tony Allan
Member, Centre for Water and Development
Tony Allan

Analysis of water resources in semi-arid regions and the role of global systems in ameliorating local and regional water deficits. Established the concept of Virtual Water. Was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to water science.

S Janakarajan
Professorial Research Associate
S Janakarajan

Development studies, rural development and agrarian institutions, climate change, adaptation and disaster risk reduction, water management and irrigation institutions, urban water, conflicts and conflict resolution, environment, urban and peri-urban issues, and markets.

James Nickum
Professorial Research Associate
James E. Nickum

Water and environmental governance, especially but not exclusively in China. 

Currently Vice-President of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Water International since 2007.

Research Assistants

Sujith Koonan
Sujith Koonan

Environmental law, law and sanitation, water law, human rights, international law, natural resources

Marja Hirvi
Research Assistant
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