The Centre for Water and Development provides a forum for interdisciplinary and comparative research relating to water governance and resource management across the School as well as externally. The Group engages in:
- Research: collaborative, interdisciplinary research on water resources and development within SOAS and with UK, European and global partners.
- Education: strengthen and expand water resources related education at SOAS, including distance learning.
- Partnerships and capacity building: undertake joint projects with academic and NGO partners in Africa, Asia and Europe, and develop proposals in response to expressed needs of practitioners/water professionals.
- Public debate: enhance informed, critical debate on water resources and development.
- Benson, D and Jordan, A and Cook, H and Smith, Laurence (2013) 'Collaborative environmental governance: are watershed partnerships swimming or are they sinking?' Land Use Policy, 30 (1). pp. 748-757.
- Cullet, Philippe. 2012. 'Is Water Policy the New Water Law? – Rethinking the Place of Law in Water Sector Reforms.' 43/2 IDS Bulletin (2012), pp. 69-78.
- Krueger, Tobias and Page, Trevor and Hubacek, Klaus and Smith, Laurence and Hiscock, Kevin (2012) 'The role of expert opinion in environmental modelling.' Environmental Modelling and Software, 36 . pp. 4-18.
- Reis, N. and Mollinga, P. P. (2012). Water Supply or ‘Beautiful Latrines’? Microcredit for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. ASEAS – Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, 5(1), 10-29.
- Suhardiman, Diana and Peter P. Mollinga. 2012. Correlations, causes and the logic of obscuration: Donor shaping of dominant narratives in Indonesia's irrigation development. Journal of Development Studies 48(7): 923-938.
The SOAS Water Group is actively engaged in research programmes in the following areas:
- Water and Globalisation
- Water Service Delivery
- Water Law and Policy
- Water and Catchment Ecosystem Services
- Water Security
The Centre for Water and Development builds on and incorporates earlier water initiatives at SOAS including the Water Issues Group (with Kings College London), the Water for Africa Project at SOAS and the SOAS Water Group.