Alex Fischer's research focuses on water security and sustainable resource management. Hi s thesis title is 'Do new information flows influence better water institutions in fragile states? Exploring the contingent relationships between decision-makers and measurement technologies.'
His current work explores how new data flows from sensors and smart-meters creates value and efficiency for decision-making across water stakeholders, including communities, investors and policy-makers, particularly in contexts of scare resources, high-variability and institutional fragility. Fischer previously worked at the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), the Earth Institute at Columbia University on integrated socio-economic and environmental monitoring platforms in fragile states.