Andrea Beck

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. I am affiliated with the International Development Group and the Environmental Policy and Planning Group. My research looks at the politics of water governance in cities of the global South, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. In my dissertation, I examine Water Operator Partnerships (WOPs) as an alternative approach for reforming public water utilities in developing countries. Prior to my doctoral research, I studied water conflict and cooperation in various places, including Canada and the Middle East. I received an M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management from McGill University, an M.A. in International Peace and Security from King's College London, and a B.A. in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin.

Research Interests

international development, urbanization, water governance, Sub-Saharan Africa


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Beck, A. (2019). Water Operator Partnerships: Peer Learning and the Politics of Solidarity in Water and Sanitation Service Provision. WIREs Water, 6(1), e01324. Related blog post on FLOWs.

Beck, A. (2016). Aboriginal Consultation in Canadian Water Negotiations: The Mackenzie Bilateral Water Management Agreements. Dalhousie Law Journal, 39(2), 487-523.

Beck, A. (2015). The UN Peacebuilding Commission and the Potential of Water in Post-Conflict Development, Governance and Reconciliation. Water International, 40(2), 215-230.

Other Articles

Beck, A. (2014). Drought, Dams, and Survival: Linking Water to Conflict and Cooperation in Syria’s Civil War. International Affairs Forum, 5(1), 11-22.

Beck, A. (2014). China’s Strategy in the Arctic: A Case of Lawfare? Polar Journal, 4(2), 306-318.

Journal Special Issue

New Uses for Old Rivers: Rediscovering Urban Waterways. Projections, 14 (2019), co-edited with Isadora Araujo Cruxen.

Book Reviews

Beck, A. (2018). Stemming the Tide: Human Rights and Water Policy in a Neoliberal World, by Madeline Baer. Water Alternatives, 11(2), 441-444.

Beck, A. and Vogler, J. (2017). The Evolution of Economic Systems: Varieties of Capitalism in the Global Economy, by Barry Clark. Journal of Economic Geography, 17(1), 263-264.

Beck, A. (2016). Handbook on Water Security, edited by Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Anik Bhaduri, and Joyeeta Gupta. Water International, 41(7), 1049-1051.