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25 Years

International WaTERS Members and Partners

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The International WaTERS is an inclusive network and partnership to connect, improve knowledge and build capacity related to water security and governance challenges, especially in the global south. While originally funded by SSHRC in Canada, and led by researchers at the University of British Columbia, we aim to continue to build our network to be inclusive and adaptive in ways that will allow us to evolve and grow in relation to new opportunities.

Network Partner List

University of British Columbia

  • Leila HarrisAssociate Professor, Co-Director, Program on Water Governance, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) and Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UMN ICGC Alumnae
  • Karen BakkerProfessor, Co-Director, Program on Water Governance, Geography
  • Mark JohnsonAssociate Professor, IRES and Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Marwan HassanProfessor, Geography
  • Hannah WittmanAssociate Professor, Food, Nutrition and Health
  • Scott McKenziePh.D. Candidate
  • Lucy Rodina: Graduated Ph.D. Student
  • Emma Luker: Graduated MsC Student
  • Crystal Tremblay: Former Postdoctoral Student

University of Minnesota

  • Lawrence BakerResearch Professor, Engineering
  • Karen BrownCo-Director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC)
  • Vinay Gidwani: Associate Professor, Geography; Associate Professor, Institute for Global Studies, Director of Graduate Studies
  • Michael Goldman: Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Devika NarayanGraduate Student
  • John NieberProfessor, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
  • Allen IsaacmanProfessor, Department of History

WaterNet, Eastern and Southern Africa, and University of Western Cape

  • Jacqueline GoldinWaterNet/UNESCO Chair, Institute for Water Studies, University of the Western Cape
  • Mucha Musemwa: ICGC alumnus; History, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Edmund PoolMedical Biosciences, University of the Western Cape
  • Wapulumuka MulwafuUniversity of Malawi, Waternet Chair of Integrated Water Resources Management, ICGC alumnus
  • Emmanuel ManzunguUniversity of Zimbabwe, IHE alumni and collaborator
  • Adriano BizaUniversity Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, IHE collaborator
  • Barbara TapelaSenior Researcher
  • Barbara Ngwenya: University of Botswana
  • Blessings ChinsingaAssociate Professor, Dept of Political and Administrative Studies, Faculty of Social Science, Chancellor College, University of Malawi
  • Faustin Maganga: Researcher, Institute of Resource Assessment, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Hans KomakechNelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology, Tanzania
  • Dominic MazvimaviDirector of the Institute for Water Studies, University of the Western Cape
  • Jan Van Bever DonkerSenior Professor of Geology, University of the Western Cape
  • Jessica WilsonConsultant 
  • Duncan BrownDean, Faculty of Arts, University of the Western Cape

New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

  • Nico ElemaProgramme Manager, NEPAD Southern African Network of Water Centres of Excellence

Water Equity Network South/East Africa


Wageningen University

Justica Hidrica

  • Rutgerd BoelensSpecial Professor, Political Ecology of Water in Latin America (CEDLA, Univ. Amsterdam). Associate Professor WRM ( Wageningen University). Visiting Professor (Catholic University of Peru). Chair Territorial Studies (CONACYT/Mexican Science Found.). Director Justicia Hídrica/Water Justice Alliance. Coordinator NWO programs on Water Struggles
  • Francisco Peña: Professor, Researcher, Water and Society Program, El Colegio de San Luis, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • Leontien Cremers: Water Justice Coordinator, Center for Latin American Research and Documentation - CEDLA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Aline Arroyo: Forum Water Resources, Training Coordinator CAMAREN, Quito, Ecuador
  • Edgar Isch: Former Minister of Environment of Ecuador, Professor and consultant in national and international organizations
  • Antonio Gaybor: CAMAREN Executive Secretary, Chairman of the Research System of Agrarian Problems of Ecuador - SIPAE - Forum Coordinator of Water Resources, Faculty, Central University, Quito, Ecuador
  • Mourik Bueno de Mesquita: Social Program Coordinator Water Management, Colegio Andino - Bartolomé de las Casas Center, Cusco, Peru
  • Tom PerraultAssociate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University
  • Jessica BuddsSenior Lecturer in Environment and International Development, University of East Anglia
  • Zulema Guttierez: Consultant in national and international organizations, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Alfredo Durán: Centro AGUA
  • Noelia CerrutoResearcher and Lecturer in Water and Environmental issues in the GIRH Masters Programme (Centro AGUA - UMSS) 
  • Gerardo Damonte: Principal Investigator


Forum of Water Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India

Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM)

Birzeit University, Institute for Environmental and Water Studies (IEWS)

Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) Research Coordination Network

  • HWISE-RCN Network is a community of scholars and practitioners who research and work in the interdisciplinary field of water insecurity.  The RCN is an NSF-funded initiative (2018-2023) dedicated to building a community of practice that fosters key analytics and theoretical advances coupled with the development of research protocols and standardized assessments to document, benchmark, and understand the causes and outcomes of water insecurity at the household scale. 

Other participants 

  • Christopher SneddonAssociate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, Darthmouth
  • Zeynep KadirbeyogluAssistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations Bogazici University
  • Farhana SultanaAssociate Professor of Geography, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, USA
  • Shiney VargheseInstitute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Uygar OzesmiFormer Executive Director of Greenpeace Mediterranean
  • Alex LoftusSenior Lecturer Department of Geography; King's College London
  • Heather O'Leary: Postdoctoral Fellow in Water Policy, McMaster University
  • Anjal PrakashProgramme Coordinator of HI-AWARE, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
  • Rhodante AhlersIndependent Researcher
  • Ben Crow: Professor, Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Hameeda Deedat: Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
  • Samer AlatoutProfessor of Geography, University of Wisconsin
  • Trevor Birkenholtz: Associate Professor of Geography, Penn State
  • Brian KingProfessor of Geography, Penn State
  • Nikhil Anand: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Anamika Barua:  Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati