Biography

Mark’s research on environmental policy and politics follows three themes: a) transboundary water conflict and cooperation, at international, sub-national and trans-national levels; b) water policy and social justice issues; and c) urban water supply and treatment during and immediately following armed conflict. The topics are interpreted with theory from numerous disciplines, including political economy, political ecology, justice, law, politics, and hydrology. He has a particular interest in the role that power asymmetry plays, and a geographic focus on the Middle East and Africa.

The interests have been cultivated by his role as co-lead in the London Water Research Group and the UEA Water Security Research Centre, both of which take a critical perspective at international transboundary environmental cooperation and conflict, and 'hydro-hegemony'. The activities follow a professional career in water policy, management and negotiations. Mark has worked as a humanitarian-aid water engineer in conflict and post-conflict zones, including in Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Lebanon, Iraq and the West Bank and Gaza. He consults regularly on water negotiations, policy and governance for a variety of organisations. He is author of Power and Water in the Middle East: The Hidden Politics of the Palestinian-Israeli Water Conflict (IB Tauris 2008), and contributes regularly to debates through public lectures and media pieces.

Academic Background

Mark has a B.Eng in civil engineering (1990) and an M.Sc in environmental engineering (1998) from McGill University, and a PhD in human geography from King’s College London (2006). He is an Adjunct Professor at McGill University.
 

Affiliations

UEA Water Security Research Centre – Director (intermittent since 2010)
Water International – Editorial Board, 2012
International Water Resources Association – Executive Board, 2009
GEF-Science / UNESCO Groundwater Working Group – member, 2009
UNESCO ISARM Conference 2010 – Scientific Steering Committee
Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics, Visiting Fellow (2008-2010)
London Water Research Group – coordinator or lead (from 2006)
International Water Resources Association XIII World Water Congress, Scientific Steering Committee (2006 - 2008)
Association of American Geographers, USA (2008)
Canadian Water Resources Association, Canada (from 2005)
Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief, London (from 2004)
International Water Resources Association, USA (from 2004)
Professional Engineers Ontario, Canada (from 1996)
Centre for Developing Area Studies, Montreal (1998 – 1999)
Ingénieurs sans frontières (Engineers Without Borders), Montreal (1998 - 1999)

All Publications

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Zeitoun, M., humanitarian intervention, Israel–Lebanon 2006 Summer War

(2014)

The analytical framework of water and armed conflict: a focus on the 2006 Summer War between Israel and Lebanon

in Disasters

38.

pp. 22 - 24

UEA Repository

(Article)


Lankford, B., Bakker, K., Zeitoun, M., Conway, D.

(2013)

Water security: Principles, perspectives and practices

Earthscan Publications

ISBN 978-0415534703

UEA Repository

(Book)


Zeitoun, M.

(2013)

Global environmental justice and international transboundary waters: an initial exploration

in The Geographic Journal

179.

pp. 141-149

UEA Repository

(Article)


Zeitoun, M.

(2013)

The Influence of Narratives on Negotiations over and Resolution of the Upper Jordan River Conflict

in International Negotiation

18.

pp. 293-322

UEA Repository

(Article)


Zeitoun, M., Goulden, M., Tickner, D.

(2013)

Current and future challenges facing transboundary river basin management

in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change

4.

pp. 331-349

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Zeitoun, M., Eid-Sabbagh, K., Talhami, M., Dajani, M.

(2013)

Hydro-hegemony in the upper jordan waterscape : Control and use of the flows

in Water Alternatives

6.

pp. 86-106

UEA Repository

(Article)


Zeitoun, M.

(2013)

Rivers of strife in the Middle East - conflicts over water will exacerbate tensions

in The World Today

69.

UEA Repository

(Article)


Zeitoun, M.

(2013)

Trouble Downstream: While the fighting in Syria drags on, another danger looms ever larger

in Majalla Magazine

UEA Repository

(Article)


Zeitoun, M.

(2013)

How 'soft' power shapes transboundary water interaction

()


Zeitoun, M., Laamrani, H., Cascao, A.

(2012)

Water Demand Management and the Water-Food-Climate Nexus

in Water Resources Management

UEA Repository

(Article)


Zeitoun, M.

(2012)

Diplomacy for water Security

In: Climate Diplomacy in Perspective: From Early Warning to Early Action.

Berliner Wisserschafts-Verlag

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Mason, M., Zeitoun, M., Mimi, Z.

(2012)

Compounding vulnerability : Impacts of climate change on palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank

in Journal of Palestine Studies

41.

pp. 38-53

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Zeitoun, M., Eid-Sabbagh, K., Dajani, M., Talhami, M.

(2012)

Hydropolitical Baseline of the Upper Jordan River

()


Zeitoun, M.

(2012)

Bitter Harvest: Ulterior motives behind the provision or denial of water in Palestine-Israel

in Opinion in Revolve Magazine

UEA Repository

(Article)


Mason, M., Zeitoun, M., el Sheikh, R.

(2011)

Conflict and social vulnerability to climate change: Lessons from Gaza

in Climate and Development

3.

pp. 285-297

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Mason, M., Zeitoun, M., el Sheikh, R.

(2011)

Conflict and social vulnerability to climate change: Lessons from Gaza

in Conflict and social vulnerability to climate change: Lessons from Gaza

UEA Repository

(Article)


Paglia, J., Zeitoun, M., Ward, C.

(2011)

Lessons from Yemen: a Power Parable

In: Water Demand Management in the Middle East and North Africa.

International Development Research Centre

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Zeitoun, M.

(2011)

The Global Web of National Water Security

in Global Policy

2.

pp. 286-296

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Zeitoun, M., Allan, T., al Aulaqi, N., Jabarin, A., Laamrani, H.

(2011)

Water demand management in Yemen and Jordan: addressing power and interests

in The Geographic Journal

178.

pp. 54-66

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Zeitoun, M., Jagerskog, A.

(2011)

Addressing Power Asymmetry: How transboundary water management may serve to reduce poverty

(Discussion paper)


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Key Research Interests

Political economy of transboundary environmental governance in development contexts. International and sub-national transboundary water conflict and cooperation; climate vulnerability and adaption to environmental and political change; relationships between environmental conflict, and human, state and regional security. Middle East and Africa.

Research Groups: Global Environmental Justice; UEA Water Security Research Centre

Mark’s research on environmental policy and politics follows three themes: a) transboundary water conflict and cooperation, at international, sub-national and trans-national levels; b) water policy and social justice issues; and c) urban water supply and treatment during and immediately following armed conflict. The topics are interpreted with theory from numerous disciplines, including political economy, political ecology, justice, law, politics, and hydrology. He has a particular interest in the role that power asymmetry plays, and a geographic focus on the Middle East and Africa.

Teaching Interests

I teach Water Security: Theory and Concepts, which probes numerous water security challenges through the most appropriate approaches from a variety of disciplines. I also teach on Water and Conflict, Water and Globalisation, Environmental Impact Assessments, Basic Land Surveying, and Political Economy of Water Use.