Education and Training
A new scholarship opportunity is being offered by the Water Security Research Centre and The Ashton Partnership to an eligible candidate of the MSc in Water Security and International Development for the 2015-16 academic year. The 'Ashton Partnership Scholarship in Water Security' offers the scholarshiprecipient an award of £6,500 as a reduction to tuition fees for the academic year. Full scholarship details are available at this link.
Applications are welcome from applicants from all countries and should include a CV, a covering letter and an essay on water security. Scholarship application form available here.
Deadline for receipt of applications is 1 June 2015 and early applications are encouraged.
This innovative MSc programme interprets ‘water security' in its broad political ecology and political economy sense, and critically reflects on the practical and theoretical dimensions of ‘water security' drawing on the latest research and practice. Students will graduate with the knowledge and tools to understand the wider context, whilst being able to audit the water security of a system of interest; be it nation, region, company, sector, project or household. More information is available on the MSc Water Security and International Development course page or download a course flyer (pdf)
PhD Research on Water Resources, Governance and Security
Post-doctoral and Professional Development
Visiting Professionals and Sabbaticals
The learning experience was especially rewarding thanks to the lecturers' high dedication to hands-on teaching, i.e. students calculated the water needs of a hydrological system of their choice after a briefing on using excel. This makes a remarkable difference to studying 'as usual' in academic environments and to applying critical thinking in professional life.
As an Alumni Distinguished Scholar at Michigan State University, I completed a senior honours thesis on food security in the Middle East and North Africa. During my literature review, I came across Mark Zeitoun's work. An email from an unknown undergraduate to a busy UK faculty member produced a speedy response, a request to apply to the MSc Programme in Water Security and International Development, and an invitation for a meeting to discuss options.
The friendly and welcoming response impressed me, and that openness to and care for students has continued during my year at the University of East Anglia. As a 2012 Marshall Scholar, I had my choice of universities in the United Kingdom. I chose UEA's MSc in Water Security and International Development because of its unique focus on multilateral nature of water – political, economic, social, and physical – and its interactions with other global issues like food, energy, health, poverty. The programme has rounded and expanded my understanding of the many nuances present in the interdisciplinary study of water. I have been encouraged to attend various conferences and professional events around the globe; meeting with some of the world's edgiest foremost around water and MENA regional politics.
The year has been an incredible and unforgettable one, personally and professionally. A hearty thanks to the faculty, staff, and students in the School of International Development for their amazing work, and a strong encouragement to anyone interested in issues of water, food, energy, climate change, and/or development to put the MSc in Water Security and International Development from the University of East Anglia at the top of your list!
Rebecca Farnhum, Water Security & International Development 2012/13
MSc Water Security Dissertations - Distinction Level
by Stephen Boyall
by Charles Thompson
by Sarah Wade
by Rebecca Farnum