BISWAS, Asit |


Asit K Biswas

Visiting Professor

PhD (Engineering), D.Tech. (Honoris Causa), University of Lund, Sweden

Asit K Biswas
Contact Details

DID: +65 6601 1757

Office Location

469A Bukit Timah Road 
Level 2, Tower Block
Singapore 259770


Prof. Asit K. Biswas is the founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico, and currently is the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore, University of Wuhan, China, and Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India. Formerly a Professor in UK, Canada and Sweden, he was a member of the World Commission on Water. He has been a senior advisor to 19 governments, six Heads of the United Nations Agencies, Secretary General of OECD and also to many other major international and national organisations. He is a Past President of the International Water Resources Association, and has held important positions in several major international water and environment‐related professional associations. Prof. Biswas is the founder of the International Journal of Water Resources Development and has been its Editor‐in‐Chief for the past 28 years. He has been the author or editor of 81 books (6 more are now under publication) and published over 680 scientific and technical papers. His work has now been translated into 37 languages. Among his numerous prizes are the two highest awards of the International Water Resources Association (Crystal Drop and Millennium Awards), Walter Huber Award of the American Society of Civil Engineering and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology from University of Lund, Sweden, and Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science from University of Strathclyde, Helsinki University of Technology, and Indian Institute of Technology. Prof. Biswas received the Stockholm Water Prize in 2006 for “his outstanding and multi‐faceted contributions to global water resource issues”, as well as the Man of the Year Award from Prime Minister Harper of Canada, and the Aragon Environment Prize of Spain. In 2012, he was named a “Water Hero of the World” by the Impeller Magazine, and also as one of the 10 thought‐leaders of the world in water by Reuters. He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security of the World Economic Forum. He is regular contributor to many national and international newspapers on resource and development related issues and also is a television commentator in three continents.

Research Areas

  • Climate change
  • International water conflicts
  • Water management, governance and policy



Journal Articles

  • Joshi, Yugal, Cecilia Tortajada and K B ASIT, “Cleaning of the Singapore River and Kallang Basin in Singapore: Human and Environmental Dimensions”. AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment, (2012).
  • Joshi, Yugal, Cecilia Tortajada and K B ASIT, “Cleaning of the Singapore River and Kallang Basin in Singapore: Economic, Social, and Environmental Dimensions”.International Journal of Water Resources Development, (2012).
  • ASIT, K B, “Transboundary Water Management in Latin America: Personal Reflections”. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 27, no. 3 (2011): 423 429.
  • ASIT, K B, “Cooperation or Conflict in Transboundary Water Management: Case Study of South Asia”. Hydrological Sciences Journal Journal Des Sciences Hydrologiques, 56, no. 4 (2011).
  • ASIT, K B, “Water Quality Management: An Introductory Framework”. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 27, no. 1 (2011).

Papers presented in international / regional conferences / seminars

  • ASIT, K B, “Future of World’s Water”. Invited Public Lecture by Malaysian Government and Malaysian Institute of Engineers (15 Jul 2012, Malaysian Institute of Engineers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • ASIT, K B, “Resilient Cities: Issues of Considerations”. World Cities Summit ( 3 Jul 2012, Singapore)
  • ASIT, K B, “Middle East Water Issues”. Middle East Water Issues, Seminar Organised by Middle East Institute ( 1 Jul 2012, Middle East Institute, NUS, Singapore)
  • ASIT, K B, “Water Infrastructure in Asia: Future Requirements”. Singapore International Water Week ( 1 Jul 2012, Singapore)
  • ASIT, K B, “Value of Water: Rhetoric and Reality”. International Conference on Value of Water: Water, Valves and Society in the Asia Pacific Region (28 May – 1 Jun 2012, Singapore)
  • ASIT, K B, “Water: A Global Perspective Beyond 2025”. Sixth World Water Forum (12 – 17 Mar 2012, Marseille, France)


  • Does India Manage Its Water Like a ‘Banana Republic?’, The Wall Street Journal, 9 April 2012


  • ASIT, K B, eds., Managing of Transboundary Waters of Latin America, 0 ed., London: Routledge, 2012.
  • ASIT, K B and Cecilia Tortajada, eds., Asian Perspectives in Water Management, 0 ed., London: Routledge, 2012.
  • Tortajada, Cecilia, K B ASIT and Yugal Joshi, eds., Urban Water Management in Singapore: From Third World to First World, 0 ed., London: Routledge, 2012.
  • ASIT, K B, Cecilia Tortajada and Rafael Izquierdo, eds., Water Quality Management. Present Situations, Challenges and Future Perspectives, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2012. 281 pp.
  • Tortajada, Cecilia, Dogan Altinbilek and K B ASIT, eds., Impacts of Large Dams: A Global Assessment, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2012. 407 pp.
  • Tortajada, Cecilia and K B ASIT, eds., Improving Water Policy and Governance, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2011. 195 pp.
  • Water Institutions: Policies, Performance and Prospects, trans. Gopalakrishnan, Chennat, Cecilia Tortajada and K B ASIT. N/A: N/A, 2011. 217 pp. (In Chinese).
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