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Helen’s research has looked at the economic costs and benefits of improved water management in Ethiopia, the role of water resource development for economic growth and poverty reduction, and patterns of climate resilient development in Rwanda. Prior to joining ODI, Helen spent two years working as lead economist for the Ministry of Agriculture in Rwanda, developing strategies for multi-million dollar projects managed by the national government in partnership with major donors including the World Bank, EU and DfID. Previously, Helen worked as a researcher for the EU funded REFRESH programme assessing the costs and benefits of improved water quality in European river basins. Helen has a MSc with Distinction in Water Science, Policy and Management from Oxford University, and a 1st Class MA in Land Economy from Cambridge University.

  1. Three ways to build water security for rural women

  2. Gender, agriculture and water insecurity

    Research reports

  3. How do healthy rivers benefit society?

    Working papers

  4. Economic diversification doesn’t equal climate resilience – it just changes the risks

  5. Hottest year on record will make 2016 the year of water

  6. Understanding patterns of climate resilient economic development: Rwanda

    Research reports

  7. Understanding patterns of climate resilient economic development: synthesis report

    Research reports

  8. Building adaptive water resources management in Ethiopia

    Research reports