Andrea Beck

I am a doctoral 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 dissertation research examines the politics of South-South and triangular development cooperation through the lens of water operators' partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to MIT, I worked for various development organizations in Malawi, Tanzania, and Germany. I received a M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management from McGill University, a 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.

Areas of Interest

International development; urban political ecology; urban water supply and sanitation; water resources management; sub-Saharan Africa


Journal Articles

*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), 215-30.

Beck, A. (2014). China’s Strategy in the Arctic: A Case of Lawfare? The Polar Journal, 4(2), 306-18.

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.

Book Reviews

Beck, A. (2018). Stemming the Tide: Human Rights and Water Policy in a Neoliberal World, by Madeline Baer. Water Alternatives, 11(2), 441-44.

Beck, A. & Vogler, J. (2017). The Evolution of Economic Systems: Varieties of Capitalism in the Global Economy, by Barry Clark. Journal of Economic Geography, 17(1), 263-64.

Beck, A. (2016). Handbook on Water Security, edited by Claudia Pahl-Wostl, Anik Bhaduri & Joyeeta Gupta. Water International, 41(7), 1049-51.

* peer-reviewed