About Us

We need closer collaboration to share expertise and experiences, pursue joint research projects and develop pragmatic, workable solutions…

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 of 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 faculty members from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and has 13 adjunct faculty and researchers.

IWP Senior Research Fellows



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.

The core of our research focus and philosophy is the ability to access adequate quantities of water of an acceptable quality for human wellbeing and economic activity. IWP’s research focuses on four main areas:  water governance, behavioural studies, water economics and water science and public policy.

Access our brochure detailing the institute’s work and achievements here