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Dr Naho Mirumachi is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the Department of Geography. Trained in political science, international studies and human geography, she has research interests in the politics and governance of the environment, particularly water. 

Her latest book, Transboundary Water Politics in the Developing World (Routledge) brings together some of her thinking on the political economy of international transboundary river basins and conflict and cooperation over shared waters. 

Naho is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Water Security Research Centre & School of International Development, University of East Anglia, and collaborates on water security research. 

She has also been an active member of the London Water Research Group, an independent network of academics, practitioners and activists. She is a Senior Research Fellow for the international research network on Earth System Governance under Future Earth. 

Prior to joining King's, she taught at the Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science.


  • Transboundary water conflict and cooperation
  • Water governance
  • Environmental security
  • Framing of natural resources management
  • Institutions for environmental governance
  • Power and environmental discourse
  • Scale and agency

Stemming from her research interests in the politics of natural resources management, Naho examines three inter-related themes: institutions of water allocation; power and environmental discourse; scale and agency. 

She has fieldwork experience in the Orange-Senqu River basin in Southern Africa, Ganges River basin in South Asia, and the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia, and most recently Tanzania. 



  • Water: Science & Governance MSc (Director)

PhD supervision

Naho would be interested in discussing potential PhD topics such as:

  • Transboundary water conflict and cooperation
  • Water governance
  • Environmental security; framing of natural resources management

Principal supervisor

Second supervisor

Further details

See Naho's research profile