Rossella Alba

Rossella holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Cá Foscari University (Venice) and a M.Sc. in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University. In her major thesis she investigated the articulation of integrated water resource management principles in Mozambique. She has research experience in Ethiopia, where she focused on the impacts of road and water management on the livelihood of rural communities. Her doctoral research focuses on urban water governance and infrastructure drawing from the case of water provisioning in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area. 

Doctoral Thesis
Multiple water supply services in Accra: critical perspective on governance and infrastructures

Research Interests

The politics of water governance and the interaction between nature-society-technology in shaping water policies and practices.


Alba, R., Bruns, A., Bartels L.E., Kooy M. (2019). Water Brokers: Exploring Urban Water Governance through the Practices of Tanker Water Supply in Accra.Water 11.

Bartels, L. E.; Bruns, A.; Alba, R. (2018). The production of uneven access to land and water in peri-urban spaces: de facto privatisation in greater Accra. Local Environment 23 (12), 1172–1189.

Alba, R., and Bolding A. (2016). IWRM Avant la Lettre? Four Key Episodes in the Policy Articulation of IWRM in Downstream Mozambique. Water Alternatives, 9(3), 549-568.

Alba, R., Bolding, A. and Ducrot, R. (2016). The politics of Water Payments and Stakeholder Participation in the Limpopo River Basin, Mozambique.Water Alternatives, 9(3), 569-587.

Bolding, A. and Alba, R. (2016). Viewpoint - IWRM and I: A Reflexive Travelogue of the Flows and Practices Research Team. Water Alternatives, 9(3), 662-678.

Alba, R. and Bruns, A. (2016). Beyond the pipe: rethinking urban water supply in African cities. Paper presented at the Southern African Cities Studies Conference 2016, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 17-19 March. 

Demenge, J., Alba, R., Welle, K., Manjur, K., Addisu, A., Mehta, L., & Woldearegay, K. (2015). Multifunctional Roads The Potential Effects of Combined Roads and Water Harvesting Infrastructure on Livelihoods and Poverty in Ethiopia. Journal of Infrastructure Development, 7(2), 165–180.

Mehta, L., Alba, R., Bolding, A., Denby, K., Derman, B., Hove, T., Manzungu, E.,Movik, S., Prabhakaran, P., van Koppen, B. (2014). The politics of IWRM in Southern Africa. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 30(3), 528–542.


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Governance & Sustainability Lab
Fachbereich VI - Raum- und Umweltwissenschaften
Universität Trier
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