Ezbakhe Fatine

  Coming from a civil engineering background, Fatine has developed an interdisciplinary research career, specializing in water and environmental resources. With postgraduate degrees in water and sanitation for development (MSc) and decision analysis for sustainable development (PhD), her research has addressed issues of technical, societal and policy relevance.During her PhD, completed in 2019, Fatine applied decision analysis theory and methods to explore the issue of data uncertainty in the prioritization of policy options and the monitoring of progress in the water, energy, and health sectors. In parallel, Fatine worked at the Engineering Sciences and Global Development (EScGD) group as a research support officer, in various applied projects related to the equitable access to water and sanitation and the financial sustainability of the urban water cycle services. 


Fatine Ezbakhe joined the Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE) and the Geneva Water Hub’s Research and Education component in September 2019 as a post-doctoral researcher in the “Monitoring for international hydropolitical tensions” research project. In October 2020, she became a Senior Research Associate (Collaboratrice scientifique, CS2), and started supporting the Geneva Water Hub’s scientific direction in the development of new research and education activities. Since May 2020, she is the Coordinator of the Mediterranean Youth for Water (MedYWat) network, supported by the Center for Mediterranean Integration. She holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain).

Research interests

Fatine’s research interests lie in the relationship between data, information, and knowledge for water and environmental governance. She is interested in exploring the political dimension of data and knowledge production and use in policymaking. Fatine’s current research focuses on the role of discourses as a source of data and as a means of shaping water politics and policies, as part of the “Monitoring for international hydropolitical tensions” research project.

A thread running through Fatine’s research has been viewing water as both a physical and social resource, and addressing this hybrid nature by engaging with people with different expertise and interests.


CAS – Water Governance: framework and negotiations




Dre. Fatine Ezbakhe

Collaboratrice scientifique/Senior Research Associate