Calling upon more than 30 water scientists based at the University of East Anglia, we offer a considerable array of skills. Although we cover most topics associated with water, we identify ourselves particularly through key expertise in:
- climate change and variability; adaptation and vulnerability;
- transboundary water interaction: cooperation and conflict;
- power, hegemony and hydro-hegemony;
- irrigation performance and policy;
- river basin management;
- water diplomacy; and
- water allocation, and re-allocation.
We offer a range of consultancy services via International Development UEA. We go beyond studying phenomena to bring about positive change by means of engagement through extensive outreach, commissioned training, action research and policy formation.
Research Projects (see full list below)
- Environmental and Climate Change
- Transboundary Water Interaction
- Integrated Catchment Management
- Irrigation and Livelihoods
ADMIT: Harmonising Adaptation and Mitigation for agriculture and water in China
The ADMIT project is researching sustainable agriculture in China with an overall objective of estimating the 'carbon cost' of future agricultural water use responses for adaptation to climate change. The project is a joint collaboration between China and UK and forms part of the China-UK Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN). The project runs from Jan 2010 to Feb 2012 with Declan Conway as project manager and Sabrina Rothausen as main researcher. Download the ADMIT project brochure (pdf)
The research is led by Michael Mason of LSE, and is advised by Mark Zeitoun. It addresses climate vulnerable rural communities within the national territories of the watershed of the Jordan River (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory). A critical human security approach is used to investigate the attributes in one of the worlds' most physically and politically stressed rivers.
Climate change adaptation in international river basins in Africa
The Water-Food-Climate Nexus in the Middle East and North Africa
This study explores the potential for Water Demand Management (WDM) to respond to climate-induced pressures on water and food availability throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. It considers the interdependency of the water-food-climate nexus through extensive review of the latest climate projections, and current state of water resources availability and food security for Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Yemen. Commissioned by the International Development Research Council
Dams and Displacement
Environmental Justice and Displacement from the Merowe Dam in Sudan, led by Mark Zeitoun with Asim al Moghraby, Mohammad Hashim Jalal, and Azza Dirar. The work explores the extent to which justice struggles by those displaced by the Merowe dam were supported or let down by international norms on water and development-induced displacement. Part of a Rethinking Environment and Development in an Era of Global Norms: An Exploration of Forests and Water in Nepal, Sudan and Uganda, an ESRC-funded project led by Prof Thomas Sikor. 2013 - 2015.
Armed Conflict and Urban Essential Service
The relationship between water and war is being explored in greater detail through the Armed Conflict and Urban Essential Services project in conjunction with the the International Committee of the Red Cross. led by Mark Zeitoun with Heather Elaydi, Charles Thompson and Ruth MacDougall, the work seeks to identify the methods, tools and data required for the evaluation of the impact of armed conflict on essential services in urban areas. The rationale stems from the widespread collateral or intentional destruction of e.g. water infrastructure in war zones, despite some protection offered by International Humanitarian Law. 2013+
Legal Analysis of the Upper Jordan River Basin.
The research, led by Mark Zeitoun, investigates the merits and limits of the application of customary international law to water use in the Upper Jordan River basin. The project will audit the availability, use and distribution of water resources, and check compatibility of different legal instruments – notably the UN Watercourses Convention, the Draft Aquifer Articles, the UNECE Water Convention, and the draft Arab Water Convention.
This five year project (2001 - 2006) examined the idea that irrigation efficiency could be raised to release water downstream. It was a DFID-funded research project implemented by the Soil-Water Management Research Group (SWMRG), Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania; School of International Development, University of East Anglia (UEA); and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) through its Africa Regional Office, South Africa.
A full Systematic Review is being undertaken to address the question: "What factors determine the performance of institutional mechanisms for water resources management in developing countries in terms of delivering pro-poor outcomes, and supporting sustainable economic growth?" Led by Nick Hepworth, Virginia Hooper, Dennis Hellebrandt, Sarah Lubbe and Mark Zeitoun work with the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence on the behalf of DFID and is expected to end mid-2012.
Research into practice
Centre staff offer wide ranging advisory and research services to external agencies. Recent funders and clients include:
- the African Development Bank (ADB);
- Anglian Water;
- Environment Agency for England and Wales;
- UK Department for International Development (DfID);
- UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra);
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC);
- European Union (EU);
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);
- International Rivers;
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO);
- International Union for Conservation of Nature
- International Water Management Institute (IWMI);
- Medical Research Council (MRC);
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
- UK Water Industry Research Ltd (UKWIR);
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);
The World Bank.
As part of the School of International Development, the Centre benefits from a unique partnership with International Development UEA, a charitable company which supports the research, training and consultancy activities of academic staff.