About Us

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The Institute of Water Policy will be set up under the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.  It will undertake policy research, to complement the investments in water R&D and the expanding water industry cluster here in Singapore.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 24 June 2008

Launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2008, IWP is a research institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy, National University of Singapore, recognised as the world’s number one university for water research.

The institute houses a team of researchers and adjunct faculty who are internationally recognised for their high-impact research.

IWP’s mission is to help improve water policy and governance in Asia through research, training, thought leadership and consulting. The institute produces policy-relevant research that helps shape the discourse on water policy in Asia.


IWP is led by Associate Professor Eduardo Araral (Co-Director) and Assistant Professor Leong Ching (Co- Director).

The Team

The institute has 4 senior research fellows, 6 research associates and assistants, and 2 administrative staff. In addition, IWP works with 6 LKYSPP faculty members and has 13 adjunct faculty and researchers.

IWP’s four senior research fellows lead a number of the centre’s research projects. The institute also seeks to nurture younger scholars through the School’s PhD program and internships.

IWP Senior Research Fellows

Research Focus

IWP’s research explores the nature of challenges to water security, identifies smarter policies in the water sector, and evaluates the outputs and outcomes of investments and other interventions about water resources. The Institute’s many book and journal publications contribute to the academic dialogue on water governance but also have a strong practical component.

IWP’s research focuses on four main areas: water governance and behavioral studies, water economics and water science and technology.

Since the Institute’s founding, IWP researchers have carried out research projects on subjects including disaster governance; water reuse policies; and the effectiveness of foreign aid in the water supply and sanitation sector. Ongoing projects include research on uncertainty in policy design; water use efficiency in Singapore hotels; governance of the Mekong River Basin; and gender preferences for weather-related insurance among farmers in Bangladesh.

Policy and Societal Impact

Singapore is lauded for its success in water management and governance; this gives the centre unique and significant opportunities to shape the discourse on water policy in Asia.

IWP regularly participates in policy forums and responds to requests for policy-relevant research from ministries, donor organisations, NGOs, and firms. The Institute also undertakes advisory and consultancy roles with government agencies, development banks, NGOs, and other strategic stakeholders in a range of countries, including Singapore, Australia, Turkey, South Africa, India, China, Egypt and Brazil.

Since 2011, IWP has partnered with Singapore’s PUB to run the Temasek Foundation Water Leadership Programme, which has trained more than 170 middle- and upper-level water utilities managers, regulators, and others concerned with the governance of water utilities across Asia.