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Dr Edoardo Borgomeo


Edoardo Borgomeo

University Associate Professor in Water Engineering

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Telephone: +44 1223 3 39838



Research interests

  • Sustainable water resources management and planning
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Water policy in low- and middle-income countries

Teaching activity

  • ESD950: Water management for development in a changing climate
  • 3D5: Water Engineering


Edoardo is Associate Professor of Water Engineering at the University of Cambridge. His research and experience span from water system analysis to transboundary water management, from stochastic hydrology to appraisal of climate change adaptation options. Prior to joining Cambridge, Edoardo was staff of the World Bank, working on national water resources management projects, dialogue over international waters, and desalination and wastewater reuse strategy. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in Rome and at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. Edoardo has worked on water policy and operations in sub-Saharan Africa; Central and South Asia; Middle East and Latin America and continues to advise international agencies and the private sector on water planning and policy.

Edoardo was a Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, honorary research associate at the University of Oxford, and young summer scientist at the International Institute for Applied System Analysis. Edoardo holds an undergraduate degree in earth science and engineering from Imperial College London and a doctorate in water resources management from the University of Oxford. In 2018, he shared the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water with Professor Jim W Hall for their joint research work on water resources planning in times of climate change. Edoardo speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Public Outreach and Engagement

Edoardo has extensive experience of interviews for media including national print and broadcast and of public speaking. Edoardo is the author of Oro Blu, a popular science book on water and climate change in Italian. The book won the 2023 Asimov Prize, Italy’s foremost literary prize for popular science, awarded based on the votes of more than 13000 high-school students from all over the country.

Edoardo regularly serves as a peer reviewer for water resources and sustainability journals, and has received the American Geophysical Union Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing in 2019 and an IOP publishing Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2020. Edoardo is on the editorial advisory board of the journal Water Security.

Department role and responsibilities

Edoardo supervises graduate students and postdocs. Prospective PhD students and postdocs, especially from Africa, Asia and Latin America, are encouraged to get in touch. Please include your CV and a description of how your interests connect to the research areas above. Generic form emails that do not address fit will not be returned.