Mark Giordano

Mark Giordano
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Cinco Hermanos Chair of Environment and International Affairs

Director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs

Mark Giordano is Director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs, the Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs, and Professor of Geography in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. His classes encourage students to look differently at the world by exploring topics such as the water crisis, the global food system, and the interrelationship between science and international affairs. Mark’s research focuses on solutions to natural resource problems, particularly as related to water. In addition to teaching and research, Mark works as a Doyle Faculty Fellow to encourage the creation of inclusive course content and as a Fellow in the Global Future(s) Curriculum Studio. He is a member of the Georgetown Environment Initiative and is a proud founding member of Georgetown’s India Initiative. Prior to joining Georgetown in 2013, Mark was a Managing Director of the Sri Lanka based International Water Management Institute, winner of the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize. He was a trade economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Services in an earlier career.

Areas of Expertise: Agriculture, Climate and Climate Change, Environment, Foreign Aid, International Development, Natural Resources, Water,  Africa, China, South Asia,  Central Asia, China, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Geography, Science and Technology Studies

  • PhD (2001) Oregon State University, Geosciences
  • (1994) Johns Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Sino-US Studies, Contemporary China
  • MS (1991) University of Minnesota, Applied Economics
  • BA (1988) Whitman College, Economics



See my GoogleScholar page for a continually updated list of publications-and to see if anyone actually reads them. Recent publications include:

Venot, J. P., Giordano, M., & Merrey, D. J. (2015). On the Sidelines: Social Sciences and Interdisciplinarity in an International Research Centre. Water Alternatives, 8(3), 415-432.

Suhardiman, D., Giordano, M., Keovilignavong, O., & Sotoukee, T. (2015). Revealing the hidden effects of land grabbing through better understanding of farmers’ strategies in dealing with land loss. Land Use Policy, 49, 195-202.

Wang, Z., Huang, Q., & Giordano, M. (2015). The effect of private tubewells on income and income inequality in rural Pakistan. Journal of Hydrology, 527, 50-61.

Senanayake, N., Mukherji, A., & Giordano, M. (2015). Re-visiting what we know about Irrigation Management Transfer: A review of the evidence. Agricultural Water Management, 149, 175-186.

Giordano, M., Suhardiman, D., & Peterson-Perlman, J. (2015). Do hydrologic rigor and technological advance tell us more or less about transboundary water management?. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 1-17.

Suhardiman, D., Giordano, M., & Molle, F. (2015). Between interests and worldviews: the narrow path of the Mekong River Commission. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33(1), 199-217.

De Stefano, L .M Svendsen, M Giordano, BS Steel, B Brown, and AT Wolf. (2014). Water Governance Benchmarking: Concepts and Approach Framework as Applied to MENA Countries. Water Policy. 16 (6), 1121-1139.

Balasubramanya, S., Giordano, M., Wichelns, D., & Sherpa, T. (2014). Sharing hydropower revenues in Nepal, over time and across districts and regions. Water Resources and Rural Development, 4, 104-111.

Giordano, M., Drieschova, A., Duncan, J. A., Sayama, Y., De Stefano, L., & Wolf, A. T. (2014). A review of the evolution and state of transboundary freshwater treaties. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 14(3), 245-264.

Suhardiman, D., Mark Giordano, Phillip Rap, and Kai Wegerlich. (2014). Bureaucratic reform in the irrigation sector development: A review of four case studies. Water Alternatives. 7(3): 442-463.

Suhardiman, D., & Giordano, M. (2014). Legal Plurality: An Analysis of Power Interplay in Mekong Hydropower. Annals of the Association of American Geographers104(5), 973-988.

Giordano, M., Mapedza, E., & Bruns, B. (2014). Managing water commons: a new look at changing systems: Introduction to the special section. Water International, 39(4), 517-519.

Giordano, M., & Shah, T. (2014). From IWRM back to integrated water resources management. International Journal of Water Resources Development30(3), 364-376

Suhardiman, D., & Giordano, M. (2014). Is there an alternative for irrigation reform?. World Development57, 91-100.