The Partnerships' Core Member Institutions:


North America
Oregon State University
Aaron T. Wolf
Lynette de Silva
Michael Campana:
Institute for Water and Watersheds

Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, Water Degree Programs

Oregon State University (OSU) is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant institution mandated to provide applied research leadership for the State of Oregon, the United States, and the international community in the areas of natural resources management and policy. OSU's Department of Geosciences is home to the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database (TFDD). The TFDD is used to aid in the assessment of the process of water conflict prevention and resolution. This project was developed in collaboration with the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering. The TFDD currently includes: a digital map of the world’s international watersheds; a searchable compilation of nearly 450 international freshwater agreements and 39 US interstate compacts, along with the full text of each; an annotated bibliography of the state of the art of water conflict resolution, including approximately 1,000 entries; negotiating notes (primary or secondary) from fourteen detailed case-studies of water conflict resolution; a comprehensive news file of all reported cases of international water-related disputes and dispute resolution (1948-2005); and descriptions of indigenous/traditional methods of water dispute resolution.

OSU's broad range of technical and education expertise in the fields of coastal and water resources management comes from several colleges and departments across campus. Campus based centers such as the Water & Watershed Initiative and Water Degree Programs, the Watershed Stewardship Education Program, and the Pond Dynamics/Aquaculture Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) are also sources of technical, educational, and programmatic expertise related to Water Resources Management.

The Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation - A program aimed at supporting water conflict prevention and resolution in Oregon, across the United States and internationally.

University of British Columbia
Richard Paisley
Institute of Asian Research
Institute of Asian Research, at the University of British Columbia, houses the Global Transboundary Water Initiative which is a research project dedicated to enhance institutional and legal arrangements for better management of water resources. The Institute of Asian Research is a leader in research and teaching that combines interdisciplinary perspectives with deep knowledge of Asia to contribute to policy issues and public understanding. The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is one of Canada’s leading research universities and is consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world. The university attracts 54,000 students from across Canada and 140 countries around the world to two major campuses.
Global Transboundary International Waters Governance Initiative is an international waters global governance project that is examining both fresh water and marine experiences through the identification, collection, analysis, adaptation and replication of beneficial practices found in the legal and institutional frameworks that govern such waters. The objectives are to strengthen and promote multi-country cooperation, and to enhance the transboundary regime development in an eco-systemically sustainable manner. The project is developing a South-South network of professionals and practitioners working on all aspects of transboundary waters.

University of California, Riverside
Ariel Dinar:
Water Science and Policy Center

Established in December 2008, the overarching objective of the Water Science and Policy Center (WSPC) is to create an environment that is conducive to relevant research on critical issues related to the interactions between water policy, water quality and water scarcity. In addition to high quality research output, the WSPCl contributes policy-relevant input to dialogues at the local, regional, national and international levels.
The WSPC pays attention to the relationships between water and soil, air, land and ecosystem resources, and encourages research that (i) increases our understanding of such relationships and/or (ii) provides a comprehensive analytical framework stressing management and/or policy implications.

University of New Mexico
Prof. Denise Fort:
Utton Transboundary Resources Center

The University of New Mexico, located on the Rio Grande in the semi-arid Southwest U.S., provides research and expertise in all areas of water resource policy and engineering.  Because of its place on the U.S.-  Mexico border it takes advantage of its location as a laboratory for both local and transboundary issues.  The State of New Mexico is home to the ancient acequia water culture, a growing market in water rights, and an expanding arena for testing other forms of water reallocation in the face of shortage and drought.  Experts at the University take advantage of this setting through engagement in issues regarding institutional and structural water organizations, land use planning, zoning and permitting, conflict resolution, and economic planning and development. Professors regularly apply their research to on-the-ground problems. Because of the presence of large Hispanic and Native American communities (N.M. is home to 19 Pueblos and three tribes) UNM champions and effectively incorporates diversity at all levels of University life.

The mission of the Utton Center is to bring together in an impartial setting multidisciplinary expertise and to use preventive diplomacy to assist stakeholders to create a shared vision, identify and gather facts and data, and agree to a sustainable management plan for natural resources, including water.  In fulfilling its mission, some of the Center's projects have included the drafting of a Model Interstate Water Compact to address traditional compact issues such as water allocation and water quality; as well as issues not considered in existing compacts, such as habitat for endangered species, river ecology, water for indigenous peoples, effects of drought and climate change, and adaptive management. The Utton Center has experience with local and regional issues, such as regional water planning in the Middle Rio Grande using computer decision making modeling to test management scenarios.  The Center also conducted a study for the New Mexico Governor to support the involvement of states along the U.S. Mexico border in water resource management.  The Center has worked with stakeholders of different political entities to harmonize and integrate regulatory requirements.  Two of the three focus areas of the School of Law are natural resources/water and Native American rights.

Southern Africa
University of Pretoria, (South Africa)
Peter Ashton
Anton Earle
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisations in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people.
The CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy. Science and technology services and solutions are provided in support of various stakeholders, and opportunities are identified where new technologies can be further developed and exploited in the private and public sectors for commercial and social benefit.
University of Free State
Anthony Turton
Centre for Environmental Management (CEM)

The Centre for Environmental Management (CEM) offers a range of post-graduate courses including water as a core element. Located in the Orange River Basin, the CEM has strong linkages to the SADC region and therefore to the many transboundary river basins that exist there. Closely associated with the CEM is a groundwater unit that brings in expertise on the management of aquifer systems, now growing in significance in response to UNESCO and IGRAC efforts map out the more than 400 transboundary systems that exist. There is also an emerging linkage into the mining sector where water-related issues are emerging as major sources of conflict and policy intervention.
University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Emmanuel Manzungu
Pinimidzai Sithole

The University of Zimbabwe has broad expertise in Integrated Water Resources Management, IWRM, combining biophysical and social aspects, offers two postgraduate programmes in water management:

-         MSc Degree Programme in Water Resources Engineering and Management;

-         WaterNet Masters Degree Programme in Integrated Water Resources Management. 

University of Zimbabwe thus offers the following fields of expertise:

Hydrology and hydrogeology; Aquatic ecology & environmental management; Sociological and institutional aspects and governance of water resources; Public participation in water resources management; Water resources analysis & planning; GIS and database management; Water resources modeling; Catchment Management; Water treatment and waste water treatment; Irrigation design and management; Soil and water conservation; Water demand management.  The University of Zimbabwe is the current host of WaterNet, a regional network of academic institutions in southern Africa specializing in water. Its mission is to enhance regional capacity in IWRM through training, research, and outreach by building upon the complementary expertise of its members based in Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Chinhoyi University of Technology, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe
Innocent Nhapi

Aalto University, Finland
Olli Varis : Water & Development Research Group

Water & Development Research Group operates at the Aalto University that was formed in 2010 from the merger of three Finnish universities: the Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design. The research group has a long tradition of activities in water and development issues and it currently consists of three Post-doc researchers, six Doctoral students and the group leader Professor Olli Varis. In addition, several other students and researchers from the university are closely related to the group's activities. The Water & Development Research Group has also close cooperation with other universities and research institutes in Finland and abroad. The group's research was acknowledged for its top scientific quality and achievements in October 2003 when it was chosen among the eight Rising Research Centers of Excellence of the Helsinki University of Technology.

The recent research activities focus on topics and regions such as: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and impact assessment in the Mekong River Basin; Development of policy frameworks for IWRM in the Ganges and Brahmaputra Basins; Central Asian waters; Water governance in Middle East and Northern Africa; Megacities, urbanisation and water as well as Interconnections between water, energy, ecosystems and climate change

Linköping University, Sweden

Jan Lundqvist: Department of Water and Environmental Studies

The Department of Water and Environmental Studies (DWES) was established in 1980 as part of the Institute of Thematic Research and is the major graduate program within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  An important characteristic of both the courses and the research projects at the Department is their thematic orientation that they are structured with reference to important water and environmental issues in various parts of the world, rather than with reference to disciplinary divisions. At DWES contributions from relevant natural and social sciences are seen as necessary for a proper understanding of complex interactions between society and natural resources utilisation and also between the various components of the landscape, e.g. land, water and vegetation interactions.

University of Dundee, United Kingdom
Patricia Wouters
Sergei Vinogradov
Alistair Rieu-Clarke
IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law Policy and Science

IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law Policy and Science is a multidisciplinary Centre of the University of Dundee, delivering world-class research and helping to educate the next generation of water leaders the world over. The center operate under the auspices of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s International Hydrological Programme - Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy (IHPHELP). HELP has established a global network of river basins using hydrological science in support of better integrated catchment management and public engagement. We coordinate the European basins.
Water for all is the vision of the Centre – to apply our expertise, especially in water law, policy and science in unique and innovative ways to help ensure the equitable, secure and sustainable supply of water for everyone.
Building the next generation of local water leaders is our mission – using our two core activities of Research and the Water Law, Water Leaders graduate teaching and experts training programme. This Water Law, Water Leaders (WLWL) summer programme forms the heart of the teaching that we deliver; it is focused on developing a new generation of local water leaders globally. All of our courses offer delivery of the three WLWL core water law modules: national water law, international water law and regulation of water services. Delivery is through an orientation week followed by three weeks of tuition/ assessment per module; there is also an online WLWL induction module.

Yunnan University, China
Daming He
The Asian International Rivers Center (AIRC)

The Asian International Rivers Center (AIRC) at Yunnan University is a leading technical authority in China on issues relating to international rivers. The center's research areas include allocation and conflict resolution, multi-objective coordination, digital modeling, database, GIS and decision-support system development, pollution and soil erosion control in transboundary water basins, and international river and water laws. It has established technical collaboration and exchange programs with institutes, universities, and NGOs both in China and in the world. It is striving to build interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral cooperation and regional partnerships that promote the conservation, utilization and management of trans-boundary waters and watercourse ecosystems. 

Over the past years, it has led and/or been a core player in numerous national, provincial and international programs relating to the study of transboundary issues. These studies cover the areas of water resources and ecological security, data collection, monitoring and investigations, WR planning, ecological impact of river development, database and GIS establishment, basin modeling, treaties and regulations on international rivers, topics of special interests (such as water allocation, fishery migration, and navigation). The AIRC management is open-minded and forward looking, and is a strong promoter of riparian collaboration for transboundary eco-security. 

Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Ashim Das Gupta
Water Engineering and Management Program

Founded in 1959, AIT is Asia's pioneer institution for advanced education and research in engineering, technology, science, planning and management. The Water Engineering and Management (WEM) Program is one of five academic area of study in the School of Civil Engineering. The program began in 1959 to prepare hydraulic engineers much needed for the water resources development of the Asian Region. To meet the future challenge of water profession in the 21st century as well as to serve the role of a regional institution for capacity building, research and development in the WEM has now been geared towards to the theme of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).  The WEM field imparts education and training towards an understanding of the complexity of water use and water resources management problems.  It offers a balanced curriculum, which covers both the engineering and management aspects of water resources development.  Students are trained to acquire knowledge and hands-on practice in tools and techniques to come up with viable and sustainable solutions within the framework of IWRM at the river basin scale.  The study program covers five major areas - Agricultural Water, Coastal Water, Urban Water, Water Resources, and Extreme Events and Risk Management.

University of Haifa, Israel
Deborah Shmueli
Ram Aviram
David Katz
The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel has 15 permanent faculty, 30 adjunct specialists, over 500 students and four research institutes.  The Department is especially strong in environmental science, policy and planning and in 2010 opened an interdisciplinary Water Studies Master’s program, unique as a  multi-disciplinary water program at the graduate level.  Water resources, both in terms of quality and quantity, are a major  focus of the State of Israel, and there is a wealth of past and on-going  research produced  in  the country at-large and in the Department specifically.   All of Israel’s major natural water sources are hydrologically shared with several of its neighbors.  Thus the focus of much of our research is transboundary.   Multi-disciplinary and strategic aspects of transboundary water resources from both  national and regional perspectives span the physical – hydrology, geomorphology, climatology and ecology – to the economic, political, strategic, tourism and conflict management implications of water policy and connected by strong geographical information science  tools. At the same time the Department is involved in practical activities through participation in  projects which relate to environmental protection and to cross boundary water issues – an example of which is   lending expertise  to the Lower Jordan River Rehabilitation Master Plan.
University of Tokyo
Mikiyasu Nakayama
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences

Established in 1877, the University of Tokyo is the oldest university in Japan. As a representative of Japan, it has greatly contributed to the development of the modern Japanese state. In 1949, as a part of the post World War II educational reforms in accordance with the postwar Japanese Constitution, integrating the lessons from history and to erase the negative effects of the past, the University of Tokyo re-launched itself under the new system for institutions of higher learning, as a university dedicated to the formation of a peaceful, democratic nation and society. Ever since, in response to societal demands, this University has striven for the progress and promotion of education and research and has contributed to the rapid developments in science and technology.

The Graduate School of Frontier Sciences was established in 1998, in cooperation with all of the current departments of the University of Tokyo. Designed as a graduate program solely for Masters and Doctoral candidates, this program is made up of the Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences, the Division of Biosciences, the Division of Environmental Studies, and the Department of Computational Biology. Each of these areas has the common feature of focusing research and education on the frontiers of conventional disciplines.

Prof. Nakayama of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences has initiated the Hydropolitics Study Group with his students and fellow scholars who share the academic interest in the issues of hydropolitics. The study group ' s activities include seminars with guest lectures from prominent overseas academics and an upcoming book titled “ Hydropolitics: Politics of International River Management ” (original in Japanese) next year. More details about past and present activities can be see at the following;

University of South Australia

Jennifer McKay
Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Law

Housed in the School of Business at the University of South Australia (UniSA), the Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Laws (CCWPL) is recognised as one of Australia's leading research centres and the only one engaged in comparative water law and policy research.

CCWPL undertakes research on sustainable development law and policy for corporations, organisations and governments. The centre’s focus is on collaborative research, and it is made up of lawyers, economists, policy scientists, and finance researchers from other UniSA divisions and affiliates in 10 countries.

In an era of climate change, the centre’s innovative fresh water governance research is supporting sustainable water development policy reform in Australia, India, the US and China. The researchers work on demanding issues such as statutory water plans, sustainability levies, water trading and policy conflicts.

CCWPL research work contributes to creating a world where water policies and laws lead to water security for all citizens. Its researchers have worked and/or are working on a number of research projects in comparative water policy and law. The projects include pure, basic and applied research and focus on the jurisdictions in Australia and internationally, with special emphasis on South Asia. The centre is currently working on the following projects:

Groundwater Policy and Governance issues [National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT)

Optimal water supply sources for resilient urban and remote communities; a review of current Australian and international governance arrangements and suggestions for law reforms to promote resilience in Australian arrangements [National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA)]

Optimal Water Resource Mix for Metropolitan Adelaide in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), University of Adelaide and Flinders University [The Goyder Institute for Water Research]

CCWPL vision is to identify and overcome the current and future sticking points in water governance in Australia and developing countries. For more information about the past and present activities please click here.

Latin America
Universdad Nacional, Costa Rica
Alexander Lopez Ramirez
Institute for International Relations, Mesoamerican Center for Sustainable Development of the Dry Tropics (CEMEDE)

The Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, founded in 1973 is the second largest public university in Costa Rica. The Institute for International Relations offers a masters program on Environment and Development studies focusing on a regional environmental and development agenda.  The mission of the National University of generation and diffusion of superior education of knowledge and culture is to help with human, equitable, inclusive and sustainable development of the Costa Rican and regional Central America particularly aiming to contribute to the interpretation and generation of vulnerable alternatives benefiting social sectors and vulnerable populations.

Universdad Nacional offers significant institutional and academic resources and is oriented toward leadership and partnership in the tasks related to the development needs of the Mesoamericana Region of the Dry Tropic. The Mesoamerican Center for Sustainable Development of the Dry Tropics (CEMEDE)is a research group within the International Relations Institute dealing with international environmental problems and environmental diplomacy. The unit has developed work on several Central American river basins including projects in the Usumacinta river basin (Guatemala-Mexico), the Lempa (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala) and San Juan river basins (Nicaragua-Costa Rica).

Universidad Nacional de El  Litoral, Argentina
Ofelia Clara Tujchneider
Department of Water Resources Engineering, Geohydrological Research Group

The Geohydrological Research Group (GIG) at Universidad Nacional de El  Litoral is an interdisciplinary group of professionals dedicated to the integration of the latest advances in the hydrogeology with the socio-ecological and cultural factors in the integrated management of water resources.  The GIG develops research, education and outreach activities tending towards the proper knowledge, management and preservation of the ground water systems. The GIG provides technical expertise in the following subjects: Ground water resources assessment; Cartography; Ground water availability (quality and quantity); Flow and transport mathematical modeling; Aquifer vulnerability and ground water contamination hazard; Ground water protection and aquifer remediation; Monitoring network design; Ground water resources management; Use, exploitation and preservation of ground water resources; Environmental impact assessment upon aquifer systems.

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