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Peter Newborne

Senior Research Associate

Climate and Sustainability

Portrait of Peter Newborne

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. A wave of change ripples through Ethiopia

    Press Release

  2. Review of the sector-wide approach in environment in Colombia: 2007-2010

    Research reports

  3. Making the case for sanitation and hygiene: opening doors in health

    Working papers

  4. Promoting sanitation and hygiene to rural households in Southern Region (SNNPR), Ethiopia: experiences of health extension workers and community health promoters

    Working papers

  5. Advocating for investment in sanitation: is your jury still out?

  6. Flood Management and Equity: the missing piece in the policy puzzle

    Working papers

  7. Cleaning up our act: Scalable actions and effective aid


  8. Accountability and Non-discrimination in Flood Risk Management: Investigating the potential of a rights-based approach. A Honduras case study

    Research reports

  9. Sanitation and the MDGs: Making the politics work

  10. Promoting Sanitation and Hygiene to Rural households: The experience of the Southern Nations region, Ethiopia

    Research reports

  11. Evaluation of Sector-wide approach in environment: Colombia Case Study Report - Characteristics, opportunities, risks and recommendations for taking the experience forward

    Research reports

  12. The Davos Question: Delivering on the International Year of Sanitation

  13. The Year on Sanitation 2008


  14. Why the International Year of Sanitation is no matter for prudery

  15. Barriers to sanitation and hygiene promotion: case study from Burkina Faso

    Research reports

  16. Barriers to sanitation and hygiene promotion: case study from Madagascar

    Working papers

  17. Barriers to sanitation and hygiene promotion: case study from Democratic Republic of Congo

    Working papers

  18. Sanitation and Hygiene: knocking on new doors

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Water and the GATS: Mapping the Trade - Development Interface: Mexico

    Research reports

  20. Water and GATS: Lots of smoke but where exactly is the fire?