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., Cascão, A. E., Warner, J., Mirumachi, N., Matthews, N., Menga, F., Farnum, R.

(2017)

Transboundary water interaction III: contest and compliance,

in Water International

17

(2)

pp. 271–294

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M., Talhami, M.

(2017)

The impact of explosive weapons on urban services: Direct and reverberating effects across space and time,

in International Review of the Red Cross

98

(901)

pp. 53-70

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M.

(2017)

Doing like Dave: Challenging conventional thought on transboundary waters,

in Promoting Equity, Cooperation and Innovation in the Fields of Transboundary Waters and Natural Resources Management : The Legacy of Dr. David J.H. Phillips.

Brill Leiden

ISBN 9789004314009, 9789004314016

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M., Dirar, A., El Moghraby, A., Hashim, M. J.

(2017)

A “justice” reading of the trans-national struggle of the people displaced by the Merowe Dam,

in Local Environment

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Edmunds, K., Abd Elrahman, S., Bell, D., Brainard, J., Dervisevic, S., P Fedha, T., Few, R., Howard, G., Lake, I., Maes, P., Matofari, J., Minnigh, H., Mohamedani, A. A., Montgomery, M., Morter, S., Muchiri, E., Mudau, L. S., Mutua, B. M., Ndambuki, J. M., Pond, K., Sobsey, M. D., Van der Es, M., Zeitoun, M., Hunter, P.

(2016)

Recommendations for dealing with waste contaminated with Ebola virus: a Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points approach,

in Bulletin WHO

94

(6)

pp. 424-432

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M., Lankford, B., Krueger, T., Forsyth, T., Carter, R., Hoekstra, A. Y., Taylor, R., Varis, O., Cleaver, F., Boelens, R., Swatuk, L., Tickner, D., Scott, C. A., Mirumachi, N., Matthews, N.

(2016)

Reductionist and integrative research approaches to complex water security policy challenges,

in Global Environmental Change

39

pp. 143–154

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M.

(2015)

Interpretation of the Foresight report 'Migration and Global Environmental Change' for the Middle East and North Africa (until end 2011),

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M.

(2015)

The relevance of international water law to later-developing upstream states,

in Water International

40

(7)

pp. 949-968

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M., Eid-Sabbagh, K., Loveless, J.

(2014)

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

in Disasters

38

(1)

pp. 22-24

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M., Warner, J., Mirumachi, N., Matthews, N., Mclaughlin, K., Woodhouse, M., Cascão, A., Allan, T. (. A.

(2014)

Transboundary water justice: a combined reading of literature on critical transboundary water interaction and ‘justice’, for analysis and diplomacy,

in Water Policy

16

(S2)

pp. 174-193

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M.

(2014)

The Web of Water Security,

in The Handbook of Global Security Policy.

Wiley-Blackwell

pp. 190-208

ISBN 978-0-470-67322-5

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M.

(2014)

Controlling water for population transfer,

(Other contribution)

(Published)


Lankford, B. (ed.), Bakker, K. (ed.), Zeitoun, M. (ed.), Conway, D. (ed.)

(2013)

Water security: Principles, Perspectives and Practices,

Routledge

ISBN 978-0415534703, 978-0415534710

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M.

(2013)

Global environmental justice and international transboundary waters: an initial exploration,

in The Geographical Journal

179

(2)

pp. 141-149

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M.

(2013)

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

in International Negotiation

18

(2)

pp. 293-322

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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

(2013)

Current and future challenges facing transboundary river basin management,

in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change

4

(5)

pp. 331-349

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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

(1)

pp. 86-106

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M.

(2013)

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

in The World Today

69

(7)

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M.

(2013)

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

in Majalla Magazine

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Zeitoun, M.

(2013)

How 'soft' power shapes transboundary water interaction,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


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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.