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Dr Ariell Ahearn

Departmental Lecturer and Course Director of MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance

School of Geography and the Environment

Ariell’s current research aims to understand the relationship between social systems, resource distribution and governance frameworks in regions undergoing economic transformation. She specializes in qualitative research, using methods such as ethnographic participant observation, interviewing, mapping and immersive field work to document and analyze the conditions that inform human decision-making and organization.

E: ariell.ahearn@ouce.ox.ac.uk
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Dr Paola Ballon

Honorary Research Associate

School of Geography and the Environment

Paola is a Research Associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and former Researcher in Development Economics of the REACH – Improving Water Security for the Poor programme (DFID, 2015-2022), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Oxford University, U.K. She is an econometrician with expertise in the measurement and statistical analysis of multidimensional poverty, female empowerment and water-security.

E: paola.ballon@ouce.ox.ac.uk
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Prof. Rene Bañares-Alcántara

Reader in Engineering Science / Fellow at New College

Department of Engineering Science

Rene’s research interests include the Water-Energy Nexus (technology and policy), decentralised water treatment, and the provision of access to clean water in poor countries.

E: rene.banares@eng.ox.ac.uk
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Barnaby Dye

DPhil Researcher

Department of Politics and International Relations

Barnaby’s research seeks to interrogate the resurgence of hydropower, asking why and how this is happening. It considers three representative cases of recent hydropower projects in Rwanda and Tanzania: the Nyabarongo, Rusumo and Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower projects. Through these cases, his thesis explores a range of financiers and builders in this phase of hydropower, including actors from India, the World Bank and Brazil respectively.

E: barnaby.dye@regents.ox.ac.uk

Safa Fanaian

DPhil Researcher

Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment

Safa’s doctoral research seeks to explore the possibilities for effective governance and management in the transboundary Yarlung Tsango-Brahmaputra-Jamuna River Basin while navigating trade-offs for policy, environment, civil society and enterprise. Safa seeks to blend practical realities with theoretical understanding. Supervisor Dr. Dustin Garrick.

E: safa.fanaian@some.ox.ac.uk
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