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My research focuses on finding strategies for sustainable management of natural resources, in a way that balances the needs of human development and environmental protection. My interests range from water and agriculture, to mining and energy. Through 10 years of work as a consultant and academic, I has developed a strong passion for industry-focused research, drawing from multiple fields, including engineering, economics and social sciences.

Originally from Spain, I have lived in six countries, including the USA (Master Thesis at University of California Berkeley) and Tanzania (PhD fieldwork). I hold a PhD in agricultural economics (Australian National University) and B.Sc. and M. Sc. civil and environmental engineering (Barcelona and Paris).

When I am not researching the environment, I am actively enjoying it - mostly swimming and surfing.

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        

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

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

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

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, École des 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 Other book
  • 1 Conference presentation/ephemera
  • 1 Non-UWA Thesis

A framework for developing mine-site completion criteria in Western Australia.

Young, R., Manero, A., Miller, B., Kragt, M., Standish, R. J., Jasper, D. & Boggs, G., Aug 2019, Perth, Western Australia: The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute. 176 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther book

Open Access
mining industry

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


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


Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)

Ana Manero Ruiz (Recipient), 1 Dec 2014

Prize: Postgraduate Scholarship

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Peer review panel
  • 1 Publication peer review

Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (Journal)

Ana Manero Ruiz (Reviewer)

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPeer review panel

Agronomy (Journal)

Ana Manero Ruiz (Reviewer)

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer review