Safa Fanaian

My DPhil research seeks to understand the possibilities for effective governance and management in Transboundary Rivers while navigating trade-offs for policy, civil society and enterprise.  I will be looking into the case of Brahmaputra River Basin.

My past theoretical understanding is shaped by a Masters in Water Resource Management, UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands and an MSc. in Ecology and Environmental Science, Pondicherry University, India.

I received a practical understanding of the realities through my work experiences at SaciWATERs where through innovative efforts we sought to address issues of water quality, transboundary river management and NEXUS of Food, Energy, Environment and Water. Here, I contributed to building capacity of regional CSO’s to enhance a transnational policy dialogue for improved governance of the Brahmaputra River. I also coordinated a 400+ member pan South Asia network, through the Arsenic Knowledge and Action Network to address the wicked problem of arsenic in groundwater.

Previous positions also include; project officer at Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN), Hyderabad; and Coordinator of the Secretariat for promotion of a discourse on Science, Religion and Development, Delhi. I have covered issues such as governance of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); ecosystem based economic assessments of water systems; participatory irrigation management, livelihoods and watershed monitoring and assessment.  I also work with groups of young adolescents and graduate students to empower them to contribute towards social action in an integrated and coherent manner.