Professor Tony Allan was a Professor in the Department of Geography at King's College London.
A pioneer in the development of key concepts in the understanding and communication of water issues and how they are linked to agriculture, climate change, economics and politics, Tony Allan was named the Stockholm Water Prize Laureate on 19 March 2008.
Tony's research focuses on the social and political contexts which influence and usually determine water use and water policy. The research aims to explain why environmental and economic priorities fail to figure on the agenda of those using and allocating water. The major current research focus takes into account the underlying fundamentals of water in the hydrological cycle and the impact of engineering interventions. Policy issues are a prime concern and especially the difficulties that scientists and professionals encounter in gaining a place for their 'knowledge' in water policy discourses. In the Middle East and North Africa – a major regional focus of research – it has been shown that the water crisis has been ameliorated through the availability of virtual water embedded in the international food trade.
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