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Roger Calow

Research Associate

Climate and Sustainability

Portrait of Roger Calow

Roger Calow is a Senior Research Fellow and an Honorary Research Associate at the British Geological Survey. Roger has over 20 years’ experience on international research and development projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and has worked for over 2 years in China on irrigation management and rights reform with the Ministry of Water Resources and provincial government.

Roger has a detailed knowledge of water resource management, service delivery and water and poverty issues in developing countries, and has worked as a consultant for the World Bank, Cardno Acil Australia, DFID, the FAO and UNESCO. He is an author of several books and numerous journal articles, and has given invited presentations at the Royal Society in London, and the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and California.

Roger leads an interdisciplinary team of 8 staff spanning the physical and social sciences, and was Director of the DFID-funded RiPPLE programme in Ethiopia. Countries of work experience include Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, China, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Palestine.

  1. Beyond food aid: linking water and food responses to avoid humanitarian emergencies

  2. Effective natural resource management for inclusive and sustainable growth in the context of increased scarcity and climate change: What roles for the public and private sectors? - European Report on Development 2011-2012 consultation


  3. The 'mainstreaming' approach to climate change adaptation: insights from Ethiopia's water sector

    Working papers

  4. Rural water supply corruption in Ethiopia


  5. A wave of change ripples through Ethiopia

    Press Release

  6. Water Security for Policy Makers and Practitioners: Short course 2010


  7. Governance and drivers of change in Ethiopia's water supply sector

    Research reports

  8. A comparative evaluation of public-private and public-public partnerships for urban water services in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries

    Research reports

  9. Climate change and water: Understanding impacts, formulating responses


  10. Climate change: A scapegoat for all of the world's water woes?

  11. What will climate change mean for groundwater supply in Africa?

    Working papers

  12. Fresh thinking ahead of the World Water Forum – Part 1

  13. Future directions in water and sanitation

  14. Can china continue feeding itself? Climate change, water stress and the global food system


  15. What’s water got to do with it? Scarcity, vulnerability and environmental change in a thirsty world


  16. The struggle for water: Drought, water security and rural livelihoods

    Research reports