Andrea Beck

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. I am affiliated with both the International Development Group and the Environmental Policy and Planning Group. My dissertation research examines the politics of knowledge transfer and organizational learning in global water governance, with a focus on peer partnerships between water operators. Prior to MIT, I worked at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While my research is concerned with water supply, sanitation, and water resources management issues globally, I have gained most of my professional experience in Sub-Saharan Africa. 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; Economic, social and cultural rights; South-South cooperation; Urban water supply and sanitation; Water resources management


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), 215-230.

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

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. Stemming the Tide: Human Rights and Water Policy in a Neoliberal World, by Madeline Baer. Water Alternatives, forthcoming.

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