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Peter Newborne

Senior Research Associate

  • Climate and Sustainability
Portrait of Peter Newborne

As a Senior Research Associate, Peter is a part-time member of the ODI climate and sustainability team carrying out research studies, programme evaluations and advisory assignments on water policy and practice as part of environmental/social sustainability. Peter's work includes a focus on the role of the private sector in water management.

As a Senior Research Associate, Peter Newborne is a part-time (self-employed) member of the ODI water team, carrying out research studies, programme evaluations and advisory assignments on water policy and practice, including environmental and social sustainability aspects.

Examples of areas on which he has worked are:-
- dams and hydraulic infrastructures: evolution of international environmental and social policies and sustainability practice; hydropower and the water-energy nexus;
- progress made by water utilities in water supply and sanitation in fast-growing African cities;
- flood risk management in Honduras, in the context of growing climate change-related flood risks;
- evaluation of progress made by the Colombian Ministry of Environment against performance targets;
- water rights: legal forms governing access to water services and allocation of water resources;
- review and ’refresh’ of the Environment Agency’s International Programme - the programme leader reported one year later that: «Your recommendations are guiding a new phase of our activities».
- chairing/facilitation of meetings and events in Spanish (Colombia, Honduras, Mexico), French (Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo), and English (Ethiopia, Kenya and UK).

Peter trained and worked for 10 years with premier firms in commercial law/contracting, acting for private and public clients in the engineering, energy, transport and financial sectors - contract drafting and dispute-resolution.

Peter is a fluent French and Spanish speaker.

  1. Corporate water management and stewardship: signs of evolution towards sustainability

    Briefing/policy papers

  2. The right to water: where’s the remedy?

  3. Challenging the myths around semi-arid lands

    Briefing/policy papers

  4. 10 things to know about the future of water and sanitation

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. Water management and stewardship: taking stock of corporate water behaviour

    Working papers

  6. The urban-rural water interface: a preliminary study in Burkina Faso

    Working papers

  7. New power for bad, old habits? Why Brazil must change its energy path

  8. Joining the grid: sustainable energy in Brazil

    Research reports

  9. Advancing hydropower sustainability: from project design to sector planning

    Working papers

  10. Tackling trade-offs in the food-water-energy nexus: lessons for the SDGs


  11. Achieving water security

    Book/book chapter

  12. Private sector investment in water management: company forms and partnership models for inclusive development

    Briefing/policy papers

  13. The private sector’s contribution to water management: re-examining corporate purposes and company roles


  14. Roles of companies in water management - extending the boundaries of private sector responsibility?

    Working papers

  15. European Report on Development 2011/2012 - Confronting scarcity: managing water, energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth

    Research reports

  16. Large hydro projects and sustainable development policy - are public and private sector interests compatible?

  17. Strengthening pro-poor targeting of investments by African utilities in urban water and sanitation - the role of the International Development Association of the World Bank

    Research reports

  18. Infrastructure and water strategies for climate compatible development


  19. Pipes and people: Progress in water supply in Burkina Faso's cities

    Research reports

  20. Decision-making and dialogue relating to large dams and hydraulic infrastructures

    Research reports