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Diana Suhardiman

Diana Suhardiman

Research Group Leader Water Governance and Inclusion and Senior Researcher Policy and Institutions at the International Water Management Institute - Vientiane

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Diana Suhardiman is Research Group Leader Water Governance and Inclusion and Senior Researcher Policy and Institutions at the International Water Management Institute, based in Vientiane, Lao PDR. She graduated from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, with a Master Degree in Irrigation Engineering and a Doctorate in Social and Policy Science. Putting power and politics central in water governance debates, her research highlights the complex and contested nature of water governance across scale, from transboundary to local. Focusing on multilevel policy and institutional analysis and working at the intersection of land, water, environment and energy in various countries in Asia (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, China, Nepal, Indonesia), her research contests the predominantly a-political approach to economic development as means to benefit the greater common goods, and the way transfer of knowledge and technology is framed merely as technical, managerial issues. Diana’s most recent research looks at the scalar politics and power struggles in Myanmar's water governance and the politics of representation in hydropower decision making in Laos, while placing food system transformation within the context of transboundary water governance and inclusive development.