Water & Development Research Group carries out research on various themes, utilising diversity of methods. More information about our research can be found by reading our publications or browsing through the personal web pages of our researchers.


Key Research Themes:

  • Water for food
  • Climate change and water
  • Integrated approaches to water management: IWRM, water-energy-food nexus
  • Transboundary rivers, especially in Asia
  • Role of power and politics in water management
  • Water innovations & water business

Key Research Methods: 

  • Modeling in its various forms
  • Big data and spatial analysis from local to global scale
  • Governance, institutional & livelihood analyses
  • Impact assessment
  • Case studies, combining some or all above


Major part of our research is done through different kinds of research projects.

The projects are implemented in collaboration with different partners both in Finland and abroad, and enabled by external funds from various sources both in Finland and abroad.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of our on-going and past research projects.


On-going research projects:


Past research projects:


More information: Olli Varis, Matti Kummu, Marko Keskinen