Dr Safa Fanaian

Doctorate in Philosophy, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
Research Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific


Dr. Safa Fanaian work on the intricacies of water economics, explores participatory research methods such as dialogues for equitable decision-making, and focuses on the imperative issue of water justice. As a member of the Water Justice Hub, she actively contributes to advancing linked education and research objectives. Simultaneously, she is engaged in a pivotal project with the Development Policy Centre, which builds bottom-up insights to understand and improve water governance in Papua New Guinea.

Dr. Fanaian's doctoral research explored the co-evolution of water risks and governance processes in an intermediate city in India. She was an Oxford-Indira Gandhi Scholar at the Oxford-India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College, University of Oxford. Dr. Fanaian is also a National Geographic Explorer.

With over a decade of prior experience collaborating with diverse development agencies to enhance water security in South Asia, Dr. Fanaian brings a wealth of practical insight to her academic pursuits.

Dr. Fanaian's research interests encompass the study of urban rivers in low and middle-income countries, advocating for water justice, and exploring sustainable finance models for water-related initiatives. Her multifaceted approach underscores her commitment to addressing pressing global water challenges.


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