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Dr Caner Sayan is an interdisciplinary Social Scientist specialising in several social and political science dimensions of water management. Caner’s research has focused on, and he has a keen interest in, water policy, politics and governance, justice and equity issues in water management, transboundary water politics, politics of water infrastructures, water and development and climate change adaptation and resilience. Regional focus of his work includes countries and regions such as Middle East, Turkey, India, Bangladesh, Ghana, Lake Chad Basin, and the Congo River Basin.

Caner obtained his PhD in Water Politics and Governance from the University of Dundee. He was a post-doctoral Research Associate within an IDRC/DfID funded project (Deltas, Vulnerability & Climate Change: Migration & Adaptation (DECCMA)) at the University of Dundee and a postdoctoral fellow in Water Security at United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). He also had part-time and sessional lectureship experiences at the University of Dundee, McMaster University and UNU-INWEH where he taught on International Relations, Environmental Social Sciences and Water and Development.

Current activities

Caner joined Cranfield University as Research Fellow in Water and Resilience in March 2021.At Cranfield University, he has been working within the GCRF-funded project, “Supporting transformative adaptation and building equitable resilience to drought for sustainable development”. As part of this project, he has been involved in conceptualisation of equitable resilience and assessing how equitable is the resilience of marginalised communities to drought in four case study sites in South Africa and Kenya.


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