Professor David Grey
Professor David Grey has almost 40 years experience worldwide in inter-sectoral water assessment, management and development. He is a water practitioner, policy analyst, researcher and writer who has lived and worked for extended periods in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA. He is now a visiting professor at the universities of Exeter and Oxford while continuing to work with many governments around the world on water security issues. Professor Grey was a water specialist at the World Bank for 26 years to 2009, becoming its Senior Water Advisor with responsibility for corporate water policies and advisory oversight of the water community and the portfolio of water resources, irrigation, water supply and sanitation and hydropower.
He has had many affiliations over his career, including as Manager of the UNDP-World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme, Chair of the World Bank's Water Resources Management Group, Board member of the World Water Council, founding member of the Water and Sanitation Collaborative Council and member of its Preparatory Committee, and a founding partner of the Global Water Partnership. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society. Major current activities include: membership of an International Panel of Experts for the Mekong River Commission and an Advisory Panel for the World Bank's Ganges Strategic Assessment; advising the UN on negotiations on the Euphrates-Tigris River; and a leading role in an international policy and research partnership on water security.
- Development of the 'water security' paradigm; analysis of the roles that water insecurity plays in poverty, environmental degradation and dispute and water security plays in economic growth
- Analysis of the risks that climate and other change mean for water security, livelihoods and environmental sustainability
- Institutional and incentive structures for improving water management
- Global dimensions of water security resulting from spillover and other effects of water-related actions and events; the consequent need for global frameworks for policy and action.
International Water Resources
- Institutional, economic, political and legal drivers of cooperation
- Development of the 'benefit sharing' paradigm; analysis of the role that benefit sharing can play in resolving inter-jurisdictional water disputes at all levels
- Strategic basin assessments of costs and benefits of cooperation alternatives
- Institutional and incentive structures for improving the performance of water supply and sanitation institutions, including urban utilities and community management
- Other political economy issues, including barriers to irrigation productivity and sharing benefits of hydropower development with affected people
- Grey, D. and Connors, G. (2009) The Water Security Imperative: We must and can do more. Invited essay in the Delegate Publication for the 5th World Water Forum, Istanbul, 2009.
- Sadoff, C. and Grey, D. (2008) Why share? The benefits (and costs) of transboundary water management. Chapter 2 in, Sadoff, C., Greiber, T., Smith, M. and G. Bergkamp (eds.) SHARE - Managing Water Across Boundaries. IUCN. Gland, Switzerland. 2008.
- Grey, D. and Sadoff, C. (2007) Sink or swim? Water security for growth and development. Water Policy, 9(6): 545-571.
- Grey, D. and Sadoff, C. (2006) Water for growth and development. Theme One in Thematic Documents of the IV World Water Forum. Comision Nacional del Agua: Mexico City. 2006.
- Grey, D. and Sadoff, C. (2006) Water management for responsible growth and poverty alleviation. The International Journal on Hydropower and Dams, 13(2): 30-31.
- Sadoff, C. and Grey, D. (2005) Cooperation on international rivers: a continuum for securing and sharing benefits. Water International, 30(4): 420-427. [International Water Resources Association Best Paper Award 2005.]
- Sadoff, C., Whittington, D. and Grey, D. (2003) Africa's International Rivers: An Economic Perspective. Directions in Development. Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2003.
- Sadoff, C. and Grey, D. (2002) Beyond the river: the benefits of cooperation on international rivers. Water Policy, 4(5): 389-403.
- Sharma, N. and Grey, D. et al. (1996) Africa Water Resources Management Strategy. World Bank Book.