SOAS University of London

Centre for Water and Development

Centre for Water and Development Members

Professor 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: +44(0) 20 7898 4631
  • Email:
  • Room: 4415
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment via email
Dr Alberto Asquer
Member, Center for Water and Development
Alberto Asquer

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

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4757
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  • Room: 517
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursday 3 - 4

Dr 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. 

Professor Philippe Cullet
Member, Centre for Water and Development
Philippe Cullet
International and domestic law and policy concerning the environment, natural resources, water, sanitation, agriculture, sustainable development, climate change, health; social rights; intellectual property; India.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4651
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  • Room: S338
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00

Professor David Mosse
Member, Centre for Water and Development
David Mosse
Anthropology of mental health and psychiatry; anthropology of organisations and activism, international development, caste, Dalit rights, anthropology of Christianity, South Asian society and popular religion, environmental history and natural resources management.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4426
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  • Room: 573
  • Academic Support Hours: See bio for details

Dr Frauke Urban
Member, Centre for Water and Development
Frauke Urban
Research: low carbon energy transitions, energy policy, climate policy, innovation for sustainability, sustainable development

Professorial Research Associates

Professor James Nickum
Professorial Research Associate
James E. Nickum

Comparative water governance, with focus on China and other Asia; water economies of global cities. 

Fellow of the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Water International since 2007. International Advisor, Water Engineering and Policy Centre, the University of Hong Kong;  Adjunct Senior Fellow, the East-West Centre, Honolulu.