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

    6009 Perth


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I am currently an Adjuct Research Fellow at the UWA, within the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP).

My main role is as a post-doc Research Fellow at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, working on water governance in Australia, as part of the Water Justice Hub.

My research is broadly dedicated at finding strategies for sustainable management of natural resources, in a way that accounts for human values and needs, as well as 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.

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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)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master's, specialisation in Water Resources , École des Ponts ParisTech

Award Date: 10 May 2008

Environmental Engineering, Master's Thesis, Comparative Water Management Practices in California and Spain, University of California Berkeley

Award Date: 10 Dec 2007

Civil Engineering, Bachelor's, Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

External positions

Post-doc Research Fellow, Australian National University

15 Jul 2020 → …

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

Research expertise keywords

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


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