Oxford scholars receive award for ‘Best Paper’ at XVI World Water Congress.

Geography DPhil student, Kevin Wheeler collects award for Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam research

Water experts from around the world gathered in Cancun from May 29 to June 3 for the International Water Resources Association’s XVI World Water Congress. Delegates present included a number of Oxford scholars and alumni, including Kevin Wheeler, a current DPhil student at Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, and alumnus of the Water Science, Policy and Management MSc (2012-2013) programme.

Kevin contributed to a special session exploring perspectives on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and the future of water resources management and development in the Eastern Nile Basin, presenting work from his doctoral research. Later, a paper based on this research, ‘Cooperative filling approaches for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam’, received the award for ‘Best Paper’ published in the IWRA’s journal Water International in 2016.

The research is the result of a collaboration with a number of regional experts, guided by Kevin’s Oxford supervisors, Professor Jim Hall, Director of the Environmental Change Institute, and Dr Simon Dadson, Associate Professor in Physical Geography at School of Geography and Environment.

The award is a great achievement and recognition of the significant contribution the research has made to the policy discourse around Nile River Basin governance.

You can find out more about the research in this article posted on the Oxford Water Network website last year. Alternatively, the paper is available open Access via Water International.

Reference: Wheeler, K. G., Basheer, M., Mekonnen, Z. T., Eltoum, S.O., Mersha, A., Abdo, G. M., Zagona, E.A., Hall, J.W., Dadson, S.J. (2016) Cooperative filling approaches for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Water International