David Grey has over 40 years experience in water management and development, living and working in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. He is a water policy analyst, practitioner and researcher, and he has been a manager of interdisciplinary, multi-national teams and large budgets.
He has experience at multiple levels: community/village/farm level in water management, water supply and sanitation, and irrigation; city level in water and wastewater services; all levels of local and national governments in water policies and investments; international basin level in negotiation and dispute resolution, institutional and legal frameworks and cooperative development; continental/regional level in political advocacy and institution building; and global level in promoting paradigm shifts and engaging world political and professional bodies.
He joined Oxford University as Visiting Professor of Water Policy in late 2009 after almost 27 years as staff of the World Bank. He trained as a hydrogeologist and was staff of the British Geological Survey for 8 years, including 3 years as Group Manager of Hydrogeology at BGS Wallingford, responsible for groundwater research and management activities in the UK and internationally. He was the World Bank's Senior Water Advisor and Chair of its Water Resources Management Group from 2003, with responsibility for corporate water policies and advisory oversight of the water community and the water resources, irrigation, water supply and sanitation and hydropower portfolio.
He has had many affiliations. For example, he has been Board member of the World Water Council, founding member of the Water and Sanitation Collaborative Council, and a founding partner of the Global Water Partnership. Recent roles include: member of the World Economic Forum's Global Action Council on Water Security; Associate Fellow of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Chatham House); and member of an International Panel of Experts for the Mekong River Commission.
His current special interests are in: the roles that water security plays in growth and stability and water insecurity plays in poverty, environmental degradation, conflict and migration; the role that benefit sharing can play in resolving inter-jurisdictional disputes over water at all levels; and the risks that climate and other change mean for water security, livelihoods and environmental sustainability. He has a long-term interest in the institutional and incentive structures for improving the performance of water resources management and water service delivery.
Prof. Grey lectures on a range of subjects, including water security, water supply and sanitation and international waters for the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management.
Some Selected Publications
- Sadoff, C., Hall, J. and Grey, D. (co-chairs) et al (2015) Securing Water, Sustaining Growth. Report of the GWP/OECD Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth (University of Oxford).
- Hall, J.W., Grey, D., Garrick, D., Fung, F., Brown, C., Dadson, S.J. and Sadoff, C.W. (2014) Water Security: Coping with the curse of freshwater variability. Science, 346(6208): 429-430.
- Grey, D., Garrick, D., Blackmore, D., Kelman, J., Muller, M. and Sadoff, C. (2013) Water security in one blue planet: twenty-first century policy challenges for science. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 371(2002): 1-11.
- Grey D. and Garrick D. (2012) Water security, perceptions and politics: the context for international watercourse negotiations. In: L. Boisson de Chazournes, C. Leb, and M. Tigninon (eds.) International Law and Freshwater: The Multiple Challenges. Edward Elgar Publishing.
- Grey, D. and Connors, G. (2009) The Water Security Imperative: We must and can do more. Invited essay in the Delegate Publication for the 5th World Water Forum, Istanbul, 2009.
- Sadoff, C. and Grey, D. (2008) Why share? The benefits (and costs) of transboundary water management. Chapter 2 in, Sadoff, C., Greiber, T., Smith, M. and G. Bergkamp (eds.) SHARE - Managing Water Across Boundaries. IUCN. Gland, Switzerland. 2008.
- Grey, D. and Sadoff, C. (2007) Sink or swim? Water security for growth and development. Water Policy, 9(6): 545-571.
- Grey, D. and Sadoff, C. (2006) Water for growth and development. Theme One in Thematic Documents of the IV World Water Forum. Comision Nacional del Agua: Mexico City. 2006.
- Grey, D. and Sadoff, C. (2006) Water management for responsible growth and poverty alleviation. The International Journal on Hydropower and Dams, 13(2): 30-31.
- Sadoff, C. and Grey, D. (2005) Cooperation on international rivers: a continuum for securing and sharing benefits. Water International, 30(4): 420-427. [International Water Resources Association Best Paper Award 2005.]
- Sadoff, C., Whittington, D. and Grey, D. (2003) Africa's International Rivers: An Economic Perspective. Directions in Development. Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2003.
- Sadoff, C. and Grey, D. (2002) Beyond the river: the benefits of cooperation on international rivers. Water Policy, 4(5): 389-403.
- Sharma, N. and Grey, D. et al. (1996) African water resources: challenges and opportunities for sustainable development. World Bank Book WTP331.
- Foster S. and Grey, D. (1997) Groundwater resources - balancing perspectives on key issues affecting supply and demand. Water and Environment Journal, 11(3): 193-199.
- Grey, D., Kinniburgh, D., Barker, J. and Bloomfield, J. (1995) Groundwater in the UK: a strategic study: issues and research needs. UK-Groundwater Forum Report FR/GF 1 (Marlow, UK).
- Grey, D. (1994) Joint Management of Aquifers under Conditions of Scarcity. In, Joint Management of Shared Aquifers: the First Workshop. Harry S Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Palestinian Hydrology Group. ISBN 965-222-594-0.
- Grey, D. (1994) The Development of the Water Resources of the Occupied Palestinian Territories: some key issues. Studies in Environmental Science, 58: 219-228.
- Arlosoroff, S., Tschannerl, G., Grey, D., et al (1987) Community Water Supply: The Handpump Option. World Bank publ.11807 (202 pp.)
- Grey, D., Chilton, P., Smith-Carrington, A. and Wright, E., (1985) The expanding role of the hydrogeologist in the provision of village water supplies: an African perspective. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, 18: 13-24.
- Grey, D. and Cooke, H. (1977) Some problems in the quaternary evolution of the landforms of northern Botswana. CATENA, 4(1-2): 123-133.