Turley Laura

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Laura Turley is a Ph.D. researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Geneva’s Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE). Her research is associated with UNIGE’s UNESCO Chair on Hydropolitics.

Laura completed her MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management at the University of Oxford, and her B.A. in International Development at McGill University.

Prior to joining the University, Laura was directing a research consulting practice on water policy and governance for diverse international clients. From 2012 to 2015 she was a Project Officer with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). She continues to collaborate on various professional projects alongside her Ph.D., as a Researcher with the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment Water Programme and as an Associate with IISD. 


Laura Turley's research interests lie in the operation of institutions and infrastructure in the context of freshwater scarcity. Her doctoral thesis explores reservoir operations in three semi-arid river basins, and investigates the extent to which their historical and present day operations reflect “commons management.”                                                    

She is working under the supervision of Professor Géraldine Pflieger and Professor Christian Bréthaut






Water Governance, Institutional Analysis, Infrastructure Regulation, Common Pool Resources, Environmental Politics, Hydropolitics


  • 14E201 CR et 14E202 AT Environnement alpin et sociétés
  • 14E212 AT Analyse de données 1
  • 14E213 AT Analyse de données 2


  • 14E207 CR Politiques de l’environnement 
  • 14E225 CR Gouvernance et Politique de l’eau 


Mme. Laura Turley