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  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 7 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
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Personal profile


I hold a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Catalonia (UPB BarcelonaTech, Spain) and a M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the École des Ponts (ENPC, Paris, France). In 2007, I conducted my M.Sc. Thesis research at the University of California, Berkeley, investigating Integrated Water Planning in California and its potential application in Spain.

Upon graduation from my Master’s program in 2008, I moved to Australia sponsored by a global environmental consulting firm. For five years, I worked as a water engineer and planner in the private (consulting and Oil & Gas) and public (Water Corporation of WA) sectors.

In 2014, I started my PhD through the Austrian National University (ANU) in Agricultural Economics, looking at linkages between access to irrigation water and economic inequalities within smallholder farming communities in Tanzania. My research was affiliated to an overarching research project in East Africa, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR

Since I joined UWA in late 2017, I have been working as a Research Fellow with Dr Marit Kragt on a mine closure project in WA. More recently, I started working with Dr Fay Rola-Rubzen on an ACIAR project focused on agricultural technology adoption in South Asia.



Previous positions

University of Adelaide;   Oct 2017 – July 2018

Research Associate (casual)

- Project: Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and agricultural innovation platforms, funded by ACIAR. Key responsibilities include economic analyses to evaluate project impact between inception and conclusion (2013-2017). Evaluation of changes in incomes, crop production and human welfare across economic quantiles (i.e. distribution of project‑derived across the community, from the poorest to the least poor households).


Water Corporation -public water utility of Western Australia;  Perth. July 2012 – Feb 2014

Country Water Planning Engineer                                                         

- Development of Integrated Water Resource Management plans. Forecasting of future water demands and identification of supply strategies including surface water, groundwater, wastewater reuse/recycle, desalination, water loss reduction (efficiency) and water conservation programs.

-Identification of priority areas in development of future water supply sources and management of social, economic and environmental impacts.  

-  Technical advice on planning of large water supply networks including infrastructure design; climate change impact assessment; Return-On-Investment, cost-benefit and Net Present Value analyses.

-  Participation in community-consultation processes in rural areas regarding future infrastructure development options. Incorporation of stakeholders’ feedback into the project’s multi-criteria decision-making framework.   


Santos - oil and gas exploration and production company; Brisbane. Nov 2011 – June 2012

Water Planning Study Leader                                                                                                 

-  Design of water management plans to re-use Coal Seam Gas-associated water. Use of water balance models (Monte Carlo simulation) to calculate the risks of possible overflows across a complex network of reservoirs.

-   Design and implementation of a Multi-Criteria Analysis tool to identify strategies that would minimise environmental risks, optimise operational and capital expenditure and maximise beneficial water reuse for aquifer recharge, agricultural and industrial reuse.

-  Preparation of policy briefs regarding corporate-wide practices on water, wastewater and re-used water. Preparation of technical reports for in-house and external stakeholders.

-   Project management of external consultancies and review of deliverables. Representation of the water team in meetings with the Queensland Department of Environment and participation in stakeholder engagement processes with other sections of the business. Supervision of junior engineering staff.


MWH - global water engineering consulting firm; Sydney. Nov 2008 – Nov 2011

Water Resources Engineer                                                                                                                   

-   Technical assessments in a varied range on water-related projects including: integrated water resource management, dam safety emergency plans, climate change impact assessments, hydrological studies for the design of storm/rainwater harvesting plans; water supply options assessments.

-  Development of irrigation infrastructure modernisation plans including: on‑farm field surveys; GIS data analyses; hydraulic modelling; water balance; loss detection; risk assessment; definition of infrastructure upgrades; multi-criteria analysis, feasibility and cost‑benefit analyses.

-   Preparation of numerous project tenders of project value of up to AU$60m. Stakeholder engagement, project management, client liaison and technical report writing.


Seureca / Veolia  international water engineering consulting firm ;  Latina, Italy, Sept 2005 – July 2006

Water Engineering Intern                                                                                                                  

-  Planning and execution of pressure and flow data collection surveys and project management of field operations during the monitoring program. Data analysis on production and consumption data. Water balance calculations to determine levels of nonrevenue-water.

-   Definition of an innovative way to collect and analyse survey data using Google Earth. The method was exported to Seureca’s other international teams, thus superseding paper maps and triangulation calculations.


Research interests

My core research interests are in water management and environmental sustainability.

I also have a strong passion for international development and issues related to growth, poverty and inequality.  


Spanish and Catalan (mother tongue);

English, French and Italian (fully proficient);

German and Portuguese (basic);

Swahili and Indonesian (very basic)

Roles and responsibilities

Reserach Fellow

Volonteer representative of group Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID)

Education/Academic qualification

Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master's, Ecole Ponts ParisTech

Environmental Engineering, Master's Thesis, University of California at Berkeley

Civil Engineering, Bachelor's, Polytechnic University of Catalonia

External positions

Member of the experts’ roster on Inclusive growth and jobs livelihoods, United Nations Development Programme


  • Water allocation and management
  • Water governance
  • Water policy
  • Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
  • Irrigation
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural development
  • Poverty
  • Inequality

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 7 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 4 Article
  • 1 Conference paper
  • 1 Non-UWA Thesis

Exploring the head vs. tail‐end dichotomy on yield and farm incomes in smallholder irrigation schemes in Tanzania

Manero, A., Wheeler, S. A., Zuo, A. & Mdemu, M., 1 May 2019, In : Water Resources Research. 55, 5, p. 4322-4342 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
water supply
1 Citation (Scopus)

The Water Governance Reform Framework: Overview and applications to Australia, Mexico, Tanzania, U.S.A and Vietnam

Grafton, Q., Garrick, D., Manero, A. & Do, T. N., 14 Jan 2019, In : Water. 11, 1, 22 p., 137.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
water management

Income inequality within smallholder irrigation schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa

Manero, A., 3 Sep 2017, In : International Journal of Water Resources Development. 33, 5, p. 770-787 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
income distribution

The limitations of negative incomes in the Gini coefficient decomposition by source

Manero, A., 16 Aug 2017, In : Applied Economics Letters. 24, 11, p. 977-981 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gini coefficient


Exploring the Head vs. Tail-End Dichotomy on Yield and Farm Incomes

Manero Ruiz, A. (Creator), The University of Western Australia, 7 Dec 2018



Projects 2018 2019