Alvar Closas is a political scientist and human geographer working in research for development in the fields of irrigation, water resources development and agriculture, with a focus on groundwater management and governance. Until recently he was the Acting Office Head in the MENA region for International Water Management Institute in Cairo, Egypt, overseeing the research portfolio in the region. Part of his research has focused on the role of state policies and the problems with regulation and rule enforcement in groundwater abstraction for irrigation leading to the depletion of groundwater resources. More broadly, he is also interested in multi-disciplinary and systemic approaches to water resources governance and policy analysis, and the interaction between society, environment, and technology.

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