Water privatisation research award for Greenwich academic

Date of release: Thursday, February 23, 2017

WaterResearchers looking at private participation in the water sector across the world will be getting help from a University of Greenwich academic.

Yasaman Sarabi, from the university's Centre for Business Network Analysis, has won the $5,000 William R. Waters Research Grant from the Association for Social Economics (ASE). It is for her work in combining two databases, from the World Bank and Pinsent Masons Water Yearbooks.

Yasaman, based within the Business School, says: "The new database, which will be released as open data accompanied by appropriate documentation, can be used for further research on different sub-topics within the general topic area of private water sector.

"Among its uses, this new dataset can highlight interdependencies between different private companies, governments and international institutions, and how the patterns of collaboration between these named entities have changed over decades. It can also be used to look at how the geographical penetration strategies of the private companies have altered over time due to their varying ties with different governments and international institutions.

"The combined dataset needs editing and I will speak to UK Archives to see how they can help with the deposit of the data and find ways to advertise it to the research community. The project will take about six months."

The grant committee added that it was "impressed by the scope and importance of the project, and we share the sense that this resource will be immensely helpful to researchers across the globe."

The William R. Waters Research Grant was established in 1999 in honour of William R Waters, editor of the Review of Social Economy for many years and a former President of the Association for Social Economics.

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Picture: Yasaman Sarabi.