• Researcher, Water Programme

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Academic Profile

Johanna Koehler is a researcher in the Water Programme of the Smith School and in the cross-faculty Oxford University "mobile/water for development" research group. Combining her social science and water science backgrounds, her work examines institutional developments in rural water services in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work focuses on water security and risk in areas of competition over limited water resources.

Johanna's DPhil research at the School of Geography and the Environment (University of Oxford) examines decentralisation and development, implications for water security and poverty in Kenya. She also holds an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford (Distinction) and a BA in History and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London (First Class Honours). Previously Johanna worked in humanitarian affairs and human rights (with a focus on the human right to water and sanitation) at the United Nations Office in Geneva.