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Thérèse Rudebeck, MA, MPhil

Thérèse Rudebeck, MA, MPhil

PhD Candidate, Emmanuel College

In my doctoral research, I seek to explore the global dimensions of water governance, focusing on the role that businesses play in policy formulation and implementation



  • 2015; Intern, 2030 Water Resources Group, New Delhi
  • 2015; Junior Scientific Programme Committee, Stockholm International Water Institute
  • 2014; Assistant, UN-Water
  • 2012; 2013 Communications Assistant, Global Water Partnership
  • 2010; 2011; 2012 Programme Assistant, Stockholm International Water institute


  • PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge, 2014-
  • MPhil in Geographical Research, University of Cambridge, 2013-2014
  • MA in Sustainable Development with International Relations, University of St Andrews, 2009-2013


The Power of Partnerships: An exploration of a growing private sector involvement in water governance at national and global scales (working title)

In the past decade, the profile of water has been shifted to global status through for example the notion of a global crisis, through ideas of water's interdependence with global justice and development, and through the acknowledgement of water's virtual circulation in the global trading system. With the issue of water going increasingly global, this has driven the development of a diffuse, albeit an organically growing Global Water Governance (GWG) structure.

The broad aim of my project is to understand this global dimension of water governance, and the growing role of the private business sector in its structuring and operationalization. As part of the wider shift in politics from government to governance, businesses play an increasingly important role in policy-making across all scales. With this changed political landscape in mind, my specific research objective is to understand the role that businesses play in shaping and implementing policy in the water sector, and the challenges and opportunities that this brings. For this end, I particularly focus on Public-Private Partnerships, both narrowly defined as conventional PPP arrangements focusing on national or local service delivery, as well as more broadly defined Collective Action initiatives where public entities partner with businesses for human development.

External activities

  • Guest member of Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment
  • Member of Cambridge Parallel Forum for Sustainability and the Environment
  • Member of the Water Reading Group, University of Cambridge
  • Student representative Graduate Student Committee & Graduate Teaching Committee, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge