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Centre for Sustainable Development

Est 2000 - home of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

Research areas

  • Sustainable water resources management and planning
  • Climate change risk management in infrastructure systems
  • Water management for international development


Edoardo is Associate Professor of Water Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Cambridge, Edoardo was staff of the World Bank, working on national water resources management projects, dialogue over international waters, and desalination and wastewater reuse strategy. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in Rome and at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. Edoardo has worked on water policy and operations in sub-Saharan Africa; Central and South Asia; Middle East and Latin America and continues to advise international agencies and the private sector on water planning and policy. Edoardo speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Edoardo was a Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, honorary research associate at the University of Oxford, and young summer scientist at the International Institute for Applied System Analysis. In 2018, he shared the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water with Professor Jim W Hall for their joint research work on water resources planning in times of climate change.


  • ESD950: Water management for development in a changing climate
  • 3D5: Water Engineering

Outreach and engagement

Edoardo regularly serves as a peer reviewer for water resources and sustainability journals, and has received the American Geophysical Union Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing in 2019 and an IOP publishing Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2020.

Edoardo is the author of Oro Blu, a popular science book on water and climate change in Italian. The book won the 2023 Asimov Prize, Italy’s foremost literary prize for popular science, awarded based on the votes of more than 13000 high-school students from all over the country.

Get in touch

Prospective PhD students and postdocs, especially from the Global South, are encouraged to get in touch. Please include your CV and a description of how your interests connect to the research areas above. Generic form emails that do not address fit will not be returned.

Edoardo can be contacted at eb973[at]

Dr Edoardo Borgomeo