Adam French

Adam French examined the potential for watersheds in the water-stressed Global South to switch to Integrated Water Resource Management—an integrated, multi-sectoral form of water governance.

Balancing growing water demand with dwindling supply is a pressing challenge. In response, a transition to the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) paradigm is being proposed. IWRM aims to balance social, economic, and environmental values over water through stakeholder participation and efficient resource use supported by management instruments, institutional innovations, and enabling conditions. This research is designed to support the adaptive processes and social learning crucial for IWRM through the production of policy-relevant and stakeholder-informed insights.

The research consists of two principal components:

  1. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature on transitions to IWRM practices at the watershed scale, with a focus on the Global South, and
  2. Empirical research into the IWRM transition and the linked formation of watershed councils in important river basins in western Peru.

The meta-analytical component will yield insights into specific conditions of successful and failed transitions toward IWRM at the global scale. The empirical component will produce detailed histories of institutional and organizational development and actor participation as well as stakeholder perceptions that will guide process-tracing and exploratory network analysis. This will support the development of a framework for assessing key enabling conditions and barriers for IWRM with particular relevance for the Global South. 

More information

Funding source: Peter E. De Jánosi Postdoctoral Fellowship

Nationality: American

Program: Advanced Systems Analysis & Risk and Resilience Programs

Dates: October 2015 – March 2018

Print this page

Last edited: 14 December 2016


Aleksandra Cofala

Capacity Development Coordinator Capacity Development and Academic Training Unit

Options Summer 2017

What is disaster resilience?


Postdoctoral research at IIASA


International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313