Deutsche Evaluierungsinstitut der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
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Dr Andrea Beck

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Key qualifications

  • Research interests: Water governance, Water supply and sanitation, Non-traditional forms of development cooperation
  • Methods: Methods of empirical social research, in particular qualitative methods of data collection
  • Regional focus: Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Country experience: Malawi, Tanzania, South Africa

Curriculum Vitae

Andrea Beck joined DEval as an evaluator in November 2020. Before, she completed a PhD in Sustainable Development at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In her dissertation, she examined peer-learning partnerships between water operators (so-called Water Operator Partnerships) as an alternative approach for reforming public water utilities in the global South. In addition to her research experience, she gained practical insights into development cooperation as a trainee with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and as a weltwärts volunteer in Malawi. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees from McGill University (MSc, Integrated Water Resources Management), King’s College London (MA, International Peace and Security), and the Free University of Berlin (BA, Political Science).

Selected Publications

Beck, A. (2019), “Water operator partnerships: Peer learning and the politics of solidarity in water and sanitation service provision“, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, Vol. 6, No. 1, e01324.

Beck, A. (2016), “Aboriginal consultation in Canadian water negotiations: The Mackenzie Bilateral Water Management Agreements“, Dalhousie Law Journal, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 487 – 523.