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Mattia Grandi


Dr. Grandi is a Research Fellow within the Group Emerging Research on International Security (ERIS) at the Dirpolis Institute of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. Among other research activities, he is currently participating into the Erasmus+ project CREATES (Creating Responsive Engaging and Tailored Education with Students,

Dr. Grandi earned a PhD degree in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in February 2016. His research project over Hydro-politics in Transboundary Water Management: Conflict, Cooperation and Governance along the Nile River fitted into the Institute’s research area of "Conflicts and Political Systems in International Relations". The epistemological perspective adopted aims at combining both qualitative and quantitative methods, with a multi-disciplinary approach addressing the linkages between natural and social sciences, as well as human and physical dimensions of resource management in Africa.

As Visiting Research Fellow he spent more than 6 months (in 2013 and 2014) at the School of Development Studies of the University of East Anglia (UK), and had conducted field research in the Horn of Africa for his PhD research project for more than 14 months (Nov. 2014 – Jan. 2016), collaborating with Academic Institutions, CSOs and NGOs, Research Institutes, Local Authorities and UN Agencies. Previously, Dr. Grandi was awarded a scholarship for field research in the urban informal sector in Managua, for which he spent 7 months at the Universidad Centro Americana in Nicaragua (Nov. 2007 – May 2008).

Previous professional appointments include extensive experiences in the field of International Aid and Relief Response, both with International NGOs and State Agencies, in Chile, Nicaragua, Mozambique, South Sudan and Ethiopia.

All of Dr. Grandi's publications can be accessed through the following link:

In press 2018

Grandi, M. (forthcoming 2018). Images of the Nile: Competing Narratives over the significance of Water-related Disputes. In L. Cortesi. L. & K.J. Joy (Eds.), Split Waters: Examining Conflicts Related to Water and Their Narration. London, England: Routledge.


Warner, J., Mirumachi, N., Farnum, R. L., Grandi, M., Menga, F. and Zeitoun, M. (2017). Transboundary ‘hydro-hegemony’: 10 years later. WIREs Water, e01242. doi:10.1002/wat2.1242 (


Grandi, M., & Hussein, H. (2017). Dynamic Political contexts and Power Asymmetries: the Case of the Blue Nile and the Yarmouk Rivers. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, DOI 10.1007/s10784-017-9364-y (


Grandi, M. (2017). L’Etiopia: in Somalia per Ragioni Interne e Obiettivi Regionali. ISPI Commentary , 9 February 2017 (


Grandi, M. (2015). The Nile River Basin Regime by 2050: Opportunities for Basin-wide Integrated Water Management. In AA.VV., Water Tensions in Europe and in the Mediterranean: water crisis by 2050?Paris-Marne la Vallée, France: SHF. (




Grandi, M., & Hussein, H. (2015). Contexts matter: a hydropolitical analysis of Blue Nile and Yarmouk Rivers In Fayyad et al., Social Water Studies in the MENA region: State of the Art and Perspectives. Berlin, Germany: Seminar für Ländliche Entwicklung (SLE) (



In preparation

Too blessed to be cursed: iconography of Nile waters development in contemporary Ethiopian arts.

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Hydro-hegemonic strategies in the South Omo Valley (Ethiopia): Governance, Scale and Power

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Policy Implications of the Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Ethiopia

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Between IR and Environmentalism: Emerging Water Paradigms in Global Politics

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Social Identity and Conflicts in Natural Resources Management: do securitising moves (mis)recognise group identities?


  • May 2015 - present: Peer Reviewer of scientific papers for International Journals (Water International, Water Policy, International Journal of Water Governance, Editor Programme of
  • Dec. 2015 - Apr. 2016: Research Tutor and Thesis Supervisor for MA and PhD Students, Faculty of Social Sciences, Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia)
  • October 9, 2015: Presentation of the paper The Nile river basin regime by 2050: opportunities for basin-wide integrated water management at the International Conference on "Water Tensions  in Europe and in the Mediterranean:  water crisis by 2050?", Société Hydrotechnique de France (SHF), École des Ponts ParisTech: Paris-Marne la Vallée, France
  • January 12, 2015: Lecture on Water Resource Management and Global Politics, Research Seminar for the Master Students of the degree in “Water Resources Engineering and Management (WREM)”, Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources, Addis Ababa University: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • September 28-29, 2014: Presentation of the paper Dynamic political contexts and evolving power asymmetries: the cases of the Blue Nile and the Yarmouk Rivers at the International Conference on “Social Water Studies in the Middle East and Northern Africa Region: State of the Art and Perspectives”, German Jordanian University (GJU): Madaba-Amman, Jordan
  • May 10-11, 2014: Lecture on Consolidating National Hegemony for an Outward Expansion of Power in the Eastern Nile River Basin?, Workshop on “Contesting Hegemony” at the 7th International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony, University of East Anglia (UEA): London, UK
  • July 2, 2012: Lecture on Green Theory: IR Theories and Global Environmental Challenges, Seminar for the undergraduate students of the module of “International Relations”, S.Anna School of Advanced Studies: Pisa, Italy
  • Feb. - Jul. 2012: Graduate Teaching Assistant for the module of “International Relations", S.Anna School of Advanced Studies: Pisa, Italy
  • Sep. 2002 - Oct. 2004: Tutor for under-graduate students with disabilities, Bologna University: Bologna, Italy






CREATES - Creating Responsive Engaging and Tailored Education with Students (Erasmus+)


Participation to Panel 1211 - The Abbay (Nile) Quest in the Ethiopian Popular Imagination and Belief System, for the 20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES)


Participation to Gramsci on the Nile: popular culture, intellectuals, civil society and hegemony in hydropolitics, led by A. Cascao, E. Fantini e F. Menga, Special Issue per Geoforum


Participation to Transforming water conflicts: analysis for diplomacy, led by N. Mirumachi, J. Warner e M. Zeitoun, Oxford University (UK)


Participation to Split Waters: Examining Conflicts Related to Water and Their Narration, led by L. Cortesi e K.J. Joy, Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts (Pune, India)


Participation to Water Tensions in Europe and in the Mediterranean: water crisis by 2050?, for the Société Hydrotechnique de France (Paris, France)


Participation to Social Water Studies in the MENA region: State of the Art and Perspectives, for the Centre for Rural Development (Berlin, Germany)


Participation to editorial project Afriche e Orienti. Rivista di Studi su Africa e Medio Oriente, as editorial assistant (Bologna, Italy)







Water Tensions  in Europe and in the Mediterranean:  water crisis by 2050?

Société Hydrotechnique de France (SHF), École des Ponts ParisTech, Paris-Marne la Vallée (France)


Social Water Studies in the Middle East and Northern Africa Region: State of the Art and Perspectives

German Jordanian University (GJU), Madaba-Amman (Jordan)


Third International Conference "Financing for Development"

Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Addis Abeba (Ethiopia)


International Studies Dissertation Workshop

Bruno Kessler Foundation's Center for Research on International Politics and Conflict Resolution, Terzolas (TN, Italy)


7th International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony: Contesting Hegemony

London Water Research Group (LWRG), University of East Anglia (UEA), Londonr (UK)


Workshop on Water Stewardship

Water Witness International and UEA Water Security Research Centre, London (UK)


Workshop on Marxist Political Economy

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London (UK)


6th International Workshop on Hydro-Hegemony: Transboundary Water Justice

London Water Research Group (LWRG), University of East Anglia (UEA), London (UK)


2012 World Water Week

Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Stockholm (Sweden)


European Congress on Regional Geoscientific Cartography and Information System

HQ of Regione Emilia-Romagna, Bologna (Italy)


ESDAS Summer School “Development and Security: a European perspective"

Follonica, Grosseto (Italy)


Istituto di Diritto, Politica e Sviluppo