Kurian, Mathew

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  • Mathew Kurian
    INSTITUTE:
    UNU-FLORES
    OFFICE:
    UNU-FLORES, Ammonstrasse 74, Dresden, 01067, Germany
    E-MAIL:
    kurian@unu.edu
    PHONE:
    +49 (0) 351 8921 9373
    NATIONALITY:
    India

    Research Interests

    • Adaptive natural resources management
    • Data visualization processes for evidence based decision-making
    • Results based financing

    Education

    • PhD International Development Studies (Public Policy, Human Geography), Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, The Hague, Netherlands

    Biographical Statement

    Mathew Kurian is an Academic Officer at UNU-FLORES where he leads the Capacity Development and Governance unit. Prior to joining UNU, he served as Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist at the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme where he led policy advocacy efforts related to rural water supply, wastewater re-use and climate adaptation options in secondary towns. He began his career as a Robert McNamara Fellow at the World Bank where his work on land tenure reform was hosted by the Tata Energy Research Institute, New Delhi.

    Upon completing his PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, The Hague, Netherlands, Dr. Kurian was employed as an Associate Expert (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs) at the International Water Management Institute where he undertook assessments of soil and water conservation interventions in the Mekong and Nile River basins. In 2009 as a faculty member at the UNESCO Institute for Water Education (IHE), Delft, Dr. Kurian led the development of a policy note on urban sanitation and the Millennium Development Goals for the Directorate General of International Cooperation (DGIS) in the Netherlands. While still at UNESCO-IHE, Dr. Kurian developed an online e-learning course on governance of water and sanitation services in developing countries.

    He has published in the area of water institutions and policy and has mentored students of the MSc programme in Environment and Development Planning while on the faculty of University College London. His experience in the field of capacity development includes training civil servants and managers of water utilities in Iran and Tanzania, consulting assignments with the Asian Development Bank (Philippines), and teaching undergraduate courses in human geography at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. In his current role he leads the design of public policy research, policy advocacy in support of evidence based decision-making and fundraising to support establishment of a nexus observatory network.

  • Articles

    • Kurian, Mathew (2017). The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Trade-Offs, Thresholds and Transdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Development. Environmental Science & Policy, 68, 97-106
    • Kurian, Mathew and Dietz, Ton (2013). Leadership on the Commons: Wealth Distribution, Co-Provision and Service Delivery. Journal of Development Studies, 49(11), 1532-1547
    • Kurian, Mathew, Reddy, V. Ratna, Dietz, Ton and Brdjanovic, Damir (2013). Wastewater Reuse for Peri-Urban Agriculture: A Viable Option for Adaptive Water Management?. Sustainability Science, 8(1), 47-59
    • Kurian M. and Dietz T. 2005. How Pro-poor are Participatory Watershed Management Projects ? An Indian Case Study, Research Report 92, International Water Management Institute, Colombo.
    • Kurian M. Dietz T. and Murali K.S. 2005. Rule Compliance in Participatory Watershed Management- Is it Sufficient Guarantee of Sustainable Rural Livelihoods? Conservation and Society, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 43- 71, Sage Publications.
    • Kurian M, Dietz T, and Murali K.S. 2004. Public-Private Partnerships in Watershed Management- Evidence from the Himalayan Foothills, Water Policy, Vol. 6, No.2, pp. 131-152, International Water Association, U.K.
    • Kurian M, and Dietz T. 2004. Irrigation and Collective Action- A Study in Method with Reference to the Shiwalik Hills, Haryana, Natural Resources Forum, Vol. 28, No. 1 pp. 34-49, Blackwell Publishers, U.K.
    • Kurian M, Dietz T, and Murali K.S 2003. Scaling Up Participatory Watershed Management- Evidence from the Himalayan Foothills, Vol. 38, No. 50, pp. 5285-5293, Economic and Political Weekly, Sameeksha Trust Publications, Mumbai.
    • Kurian M. 1998. Issues in Newsprint Sector Reform, Vol. 16, No. 1-2, pp. 127-38, Public Enterprise, International Center for Public Enterprises, Slovenia.
    • Kurian M. 1997. Forest Guards as Partners in Joint Forest Management, Vol. 26, No. 8, pp. 553, Ambio, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm.

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Meyer, Kristin and Kurian, Mathew, “The Role of International Cooperation in Operationalizing the Nexus in Developing Countries: Emerging Lessons of the Nexus Observatory” in Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Principles and Practices, ed. Salam, P. Abdul, Shrestha, Sangam, Pandey, Vishnu P. and Anal, Anil K. ( New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc,2017), 89-102.
    • V. Reddy and M. Kurian. 2015. Life-cycle Cost Analysis of Infrastructure Projects, In: Kurian and Ardakanian (eds), Governing the Nexus- Water, Soil and Waste Resources Considering Global Change, Springer- UNU
    • M. Kurian and R. Ardakanian. 2015. Policy Is Policy and Science Is Science: Shall the Twain Ever Meet? In: Kurian and Ardakanian (eds), Governing the Nexus- Water, Soil and Waste Resources Considering Global Change, Springer- UNU
    • M. Suardi and M. Kurian. 2015. Results Based Financing and its Potential Role in Advancing the Nexus Approach, In: Kurian and Ardakanian (eds), Governing the Nexus- Water, Soil and Waste Resources Considering Global Change, Springer- UNU
    • C. Scott, M. Kurian and J. Wescoat. 2015. The Water- Energy- Food Nexus- Enhancing Adaptive Capacity to Complex Global Challenges, In: Kurian and Ardakanian (eds), Governing the Nexus- Water, Soil and Waste Resources Considering Global Change, Springer- UNU
    • L. Veiga, and M. Kurian. 2015. Inter-governmental Fiscal Relations- Questions of Accountability and Autonomy, In: Kurian and Ardakanian (eds), Governing the Nexus- Water, Soil and Waste Resources Considering Global Change, Springer- UNU
    • M. Kurian and R. Ardakanian. 2015. Introduction- The Nexus Approach to Governance of Environmental Resources, In: Kurian and Ardakanian (eds), Governing the Nexus- Water, Soil and Waste Resources Considering Global Change, Springer- UNU
    • P. Weckenbrock and M. Kurian. 2014. Designing Sustainable Reuse Systems- Towards an Agro-ecology of Wastewater Irrigation, In: Kurian and Ardakanian (eds), Governing the Nexus- Water, Soil and Waste Resources Considering Global Change, Springer- UNU
    • Mannschatz, Theresa, Buchroithner, Manfred F. and Hülsmann, Stephan, “Visualization of Water Services in Africa: Data Applications for Nexus Governance” in Governing the Nexus: Water, Soil and Waste Resources Considering Global Change, ed. Kurian, Mathew and Ardakanian, Reza ( Cham: Springer International Publishing,2014), 189-217.
    • M. Kurian, V.R. Reddy, M. Rao and S. Lata. 2012. Adapting to Climate Variability: Health Impacts of Municipal Wastewater Reuse for Peri-urban Agriculture, in S. Singh and S. Mohankumar (Eds) Climate Change: An Asian Perspective, Rawat Publications, New Delhi.
    • Financing the Millennium Development Goals, In: Kurian and McCarney (eds), Peri-urban Water and Sanitation Services: Policy, Planning and Method, Springer, 2010
    • Introduction: Institutions and Economic Development: A Framework for Understanding Water Services. In: Kurian and McCarney (eds), Peri-urban Water and Sanitation Services: Policy, Planning and Method, Springer, 2010
    • Planning Clinics: A Primer. In: Kurian and McCarney (eds), Kurian and McCarney (eds), Peri-urban Water and Sanitation Services: Policy, Planning and Method, Springer, 2010
    • Approaches to Economic and Environmental Valuation (co-authored with Ratna Reddy): In: Kurian and McCarney (eds), Kurian and McCarney (eds), Peri-urban Water and Sanitation Services: Policy, Planning and Method, Springer, 2010
    • Making Sense of Human-Environment Interaction- Policy Guidance under Conditions of Imperfect Data, In: Kurian and McCarney (eds), Peri-urban Water and Sanitation Services: Policy, Planning and Method, Springer, 2010
    • Information’s Role in Adaptive Groundwater Management, In: Kurian and McCarney (eds), Peri-urban Water and Sanitation Services: Policy, Planning and Method, Springer, 2010

    Conference Proceedings

    Reports

    • Schreier, Hans and Kurian, Mathew (2014). Integrated Water Resources Management: A Practical Solution to Address Complexity by Employing the Nexus Approach. Working Paper. United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES).
    • Preparation of Urban Wastewater Technial Note, Netherlands Directorate General of International Cooperation (DGIS): As lead author of the Dutch Government’s urban wastewater policy (Millennium Development Goals) I was responsible for drafting background papers and made presentations at 3 consultative workshops organized the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The note emphasizes themes relating to water supply, simplified sewerage, city sanitation planning and potential use of rating and fiscal reward schemes to achieve water security and quality outcomes. The year- long effort was based on evidence based research and extensive consultations with international development partners in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.