I work primarily on issues of governance and institutional frameworks for the management of water in support of two global socioeconomic problems, poverty and food security. One of the primary approaches to address these issues is agricultural commercialization and modernization. These approaches place substantial demands on the water resources of the target area. My work focuses on the process of institutionalizing these projects. At present I work across East and Southern Africa, with an expansion of my research into the Middle East and North Africa.