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Paula Hanasz



BA Communications (Social Inquiry) and BA International Studies (German)

MScEcon Intelligence Studies

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PhD programme

Environmental Management and Development

Topic title

Transboundary hydropolitics in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna basin

Topic description

The academic literature on transboundary water conflicts and cooperation often overlooks the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghan mega basin, which is shared between Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and India. The basin is, nonetheless, the focus of a concerted international effort, led by the World Bank, to increase transboundary water cooperation - and hence enhance regional socio-political stability - through a Track II dialogue process. My research examines why these integrative negotiations have been driven by actors and factors external to the region, and what political will exists within South Asia to support it. My thesis will also evaluate how likely this process is to succeed in increasing benefit sharing on transboundary rivers in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna mega basin, and creating an understanding of water as a shared resource rather than a zero-sum proposition.


February 2015 International Journal of Water Governance, DOI: 10.7564/13-IJWG32 “Blue Gold for whom? Multi-level games in the development of Himalayan hydropower”

November 2014 Security Challenges, Vol. 10, No. 3 (2014), pp. 95-112 “Power Flows: Hydro-hegemony and Water Conflicts in South Asia”

October 2014 Australia-India Institute, Fearless Nadia, Winter 2014: Volume 4 “Troubled Waters: India and the hydropolitics of South Asia”

November 2013 Global Dialogue, Vol. 15, No. 2 Summer/Autumn 2013 Water: Cooperation or Conflict? “Conflict, Cooperation, and Complexity: Understanding Transboundary Water Interactions”

March 2012 Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 155-168 “Appeasing ‘Upset Brothers’ – an introduction to the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program”

October 2011 International Energy Law Review, Issue 6, pp. 253-264 “Demystifying the Geopolitics of Oil Supply and Demand” (co-written with Robert Pritchard)

October 2011 Security Challenges, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Spring 2011), pp. 43-50 “Easier Said Than Done: the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program”

Scholarships and fellowships

2014 Endeavour Award - Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Outgoing Postgraduate Scholarship

2012 Bhati Family Travel Grant to India

Employment history

November 2014 - present (Canberra, Australia) - FE2W Network - Communications Manager

March 2011 - present (Canberra, Australia) - Noetic Solutions - National Security and Defence Consultant

April 2008 - July 2010 (Kabul, Afghanistan) - ISAF Combined Joint Psychological Operations Task Force - Multi-Source Fusion Intelligence Analyst/Media Surveyor

July 2006 – September 2006 (Moscow, Russia) - Australian Embassy - Political Research Assistant (Intern)

July 2005 – June 2006 (Sydney, Australia) - Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) - Public Affairs Officer

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Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

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