Julien Harou

Prof, Water & Infrastructure System Engineering

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Professor Julien Harou is Chair in Water Engineering since 2013. Previously he was a lecturer at University College London. He has a PhD from the University of California Davis in water resources engineering and economics and an Master’s degree from Cornell University.

Julien's group contributes globally leading research in water resources planning and management, water-energy-food systems, and environmental management software.  He served as research director of the $10M UKRI-funded FutureDAMS global challenge research project. This led to the creation of the www.waterstrategy.org design portal. He lead the NERC Water Stewardship Portal project and was a coinvestigator of NERC's UMFULA project. Recently his group worked with IUCN on the German-funded WISE-UP climate change adaptation project, the NSF-Belmont funded Jordan water security project, the EU SmartH20 project on smart metering and dynamic pricing, EPSRC Transforming water scarcity through trade project, and the EPSRC Adaptation and Resilience to climate change project. His group co-built the analytical engines behind the Water Resources of the South East, and Water Resources East regional infrastructure investment planning projects, and is a contributor to TNC’s Hydropower by Design approach and WWF's Connected and Flowing initiative.

Current and recent collaborators include the IWMI, the World Bank, IUCN, UK water regulators (EA, Ofwat), UK water companies, WWF, TNC, IFC, DEFRA, the European Commission, IHA, and various consultancies. Julien serves on IWMI's Board of Governors as independent advisor to the Programme Committee.

He received a NASA Launch Innovator award for his group's early contributions to open-source water management software. Julien is an Honorary Professor at UCL.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Manchester Urban Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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