Naho is Senior Lecturer in Geography at the Department of Geography, King’s College London. Trained in political science, international studies and human geography with over 15 years of research experience. She has research interests in the politics and governance of the environment, particularly water. Her latest book, Transboundary Water Politics in the Developing World (Routledge) brings together some of her thinking on the political economy of international transboundary river basins and conflict and cooperation over shared waters. Her research on water issues particularly in developing country contexts feeds into broader themes of interest: institutions for environmental governance; power and environmental discourse; scale and agency. Naho has fieldwork experience in the Orange-Senqu River basin in Southern Africa, Ganges River basin in South Asia, and the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia, and most recently Tanzania.

Naho heads King’s Water, a research hub for staff and students working on water, environment and development at the Department of Geography.  She also directs the interdisciplinary MSc Water: Science and Governance programme at the department that has attracted students from the UK, Sweden, Netherlands, US, Canada, Chile, Bhutan and beyond. She is Associate Editor of Water International and WIREs Water.

Naho is currently leading the Environmental Security working group for The Taskforce on Conceptual Foundations of Earth System Governance.  See more details at: http://www.earthsystemgovernance.net/conceptual-foundations/?page_id=178


  • Monograph    Mirumachi, N (2015) Transboundary Water Politics in the Developing World. Routledge, Abingdon

Selected journal papers:

  • Warner, J., Mirumachi, N., Farnum, R., Grandi, M., Menga, F., Zeitoun, M. (2017) Transboundary ‘hydro-hegemony’: 10 years later WIREs Water. 1-13
  • Zeitoun, M., Lankford, B., Krueger, T., Forsyth, T., Carter, R., Hoekstra, A. Y., Varis, O., Cleaver, F., Boelens, R., van der Zaag, P., Taylor, R., Swatuk, L., Tickner, D., Scott, C.A., Famiglietti, J., Budds, J., Edwards, G., Dorling, S., Mirumachi, N., Matthews, N.(2016) Complex water security policy challenges: An analysis of different research approaches, Global Environmental Change, 39, p. 143-154
  • Munia, H., Guillaume, J., Mirumachi, M., Porkka M., Wada, Y.,& Kummu, M. (2016) Water stress in global transboundary river basins: upstream water use intensifies downstream stress. Environmental Research Letters, 11(1)
  • Armitage, D., de Loë, R., Edwards, T., Gerlak, A., Hall, R., Huitema, D., Ison, R., Livingstone, D., MacDonald, G., Mirumachi, N., Morris, M., Plummer, R., & B. Wolfe (2015) Innovative science-policy processes crucial for transboundary water governance. Ambio 44, 5, p. 353-366

    Associated Crosscutting Themes

  • Power