Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Edoardo Borgomeo

Honorary Research Associate


Edoardo is a non-resident honorary research associate at the University of Oxford and a water specialist at the World Bank. His work focuses upon the engineering and policy dimensions of risk management, in particular relating to climate change adaptation, infrastructure planning and water resources management. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in Rome and at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. He has held research appointments at the European University Institute (Policy Leader Fellow), University of Oxford (research associate, REACH programme), International Institute for Applied System Analysis (young summer scientist), and Imaflora (researcher). His research work has been covered by The Guardian, The Conversation, La Repubblica, and RAI amongst others.

Trained in earth science and engineering, Edoardo holds an undergraduate degree from Imperial College London and a DPhil from the Environmental Change Institute with a thesis titled: 'Water resources and climate change: risk-based approaches for decision-making'. The DPhil was funded through a competitive scholarship supported by Thames Water and the Environment Agency (science project SC120053). In 2018 he was awarded the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (8th award) with Professor Jim Hall for their work on water resources planning in times of climate change. He regularly serves as a peer reviewer for water resources and sustainability journals, and has received the American Geophysical Union Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing in 2019 and an IOP publishing Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2020.


For a metric-based list of publications, see Edoardo's Google Scholar page.


Borgomeo, E., Farmer, C.L. and Hall, J.W., 2015. Numerical rivers: A synthetic streamflow generator for water resources vulnerability assessments. Water Resources Research, 51(7), pp.5382-5405.

Borgomeo, E., Pflug, G., Hall, J.W. and Hochrainer‐Stigler, S., 2015. Assessing water resource system vulnerability to unprecedented hydrological drought using copulas to characterize drought duration and deficit. Water resources research, 51(11), pp.8927-8948.

Hardt, E., Borgomeo, E., dos Santos, R.F., Pinto, L.F.G., Metzger, J.P. and Sparovek, G., 2015. Does certification improve biodiversity conservation in Brazilian coffee farms?. Forest Ecology and Management, 357, pp.181-194.


Borgomeo, E., Hall, J.W., Fung, F., Watts, G., Colquhoun, K. and Lambert, C., 2014. Risk‐based water resources planning: Incorporating probabilistic nonstationary climate uncertainties. Water Resources Research, 50(8), pp.6850-6873.

Borgomeo, E., Hebditch, K.V., Whittaker, A.C. and Lonergan, L., 2014. Characterising the spatial distribution, frequency and geomorphic controls on landslide occurrence, Molise, Italy. Geomorphology, 226, pp.148-161.

Borgomeo, E. and Hall, J.W., 2014. A risk-based framework for water planning under non-stationary climate change. In Vulnerability, Uncertainty, and Risk: Quantification, Mitigation, and Management (pp. 1986-1993)

Hall, J. and Borgomeo, E., 2013. Risk-based principles for defining and managing water security. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 371(2002), p.20120407.