Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994 – 1996
    Research and Teaching Assistant, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Soil Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden; incl. research internships at CRC- CSIRO Adelaide, Australia , ORSTOM, Niger/France , research exchange Vietnam

  • 1996 – 1997
    Junior Professional Officer at International Centre in Agroforestry Research (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya: Support and coordination of higher education development in universities and colleges in sub- Sahara Africa (African Network of Agroforestry Education (ANAFE)).

  • 1997 – 2004
    PhD researcher at Stockholm University, Department Systems Ecology: field trials and modelling of systems improvement dryspell mitigation using surface runoff water in storage for supplemental irrigation in semiarid Kenya. (NB: 2 years spent on maternity leave between 1999 and 2003 as customary in Sweden).

  • 2004 – 2006
    Part-time (50%) Project Officer at Stockholm University, Centre for Learning and Teaching (UPC): developing generic guidelines for efficient learning models in higher education in natural science subjects, part-time (50%) Project Researcher at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Stockholm: developing data, research and managing contributions to Ch. 8: "Managing water in rainfed agriculture" for the Comprehensive Assessment of water management in agriculture. (NB: 1 year spent on maternity leave in 2005 as customary in Sweden)

  • 2006 – 2008
    Research associate, SEI, University of York, (100%): developing research activities relating to livelihood reliance in small scale farming systems in Tanzania; developing research proposals for ecosystem services and reliance in the Sahel; leading SEI contributions on landscape impacts of water management developments in research scoping and proposal AgWater Solutions project with IWMI, FAO, IFPRI, IDE;

  • 2009 – 2011
    Senior Research Associate, SEI, University of York, (100%): lead and coordinate research activities, staff and budgets for SEI in the AgWater Solutions with activities in 4 countries; develop SEI tender to Challenge Programme Water and Food Volta V1 and Limpopo L1: targeting and scaling out; contribute to SRC project on re-greening Sahel in Burkina Faso and Niger; develop and initiate SRC in FP7 WHaTeR project

  • Since 2011
    Senior Research Associate, SEI, University of York, (Grade 8, 90%), and Senior Researcher, Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre (10%): SEI Research leader MES Theme, tasks as above, plus coordinate SRC participation in the FP7 WHaTeR project; lead and coordinate other grant proposal developments; contribute to SEI research leadership and management

Selected publications

  • Karpozouglou, T., Barron, J. (online Oct 2014). Pathways for sustainable transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa using water-harvesting technologies: A global and regional perspective (Phys Chem Earth J)

  • Douxchamps, S., Ayantunde, A., Barron, J. 2014. Taking stock of forty years of agricultural water management interventions in smallholder systems of the Volta Basin. Water Resources and Rural Development 3:1-13

  • Barron, J. (2014). Water resources and functions for agro-ecological systems at the landscape scale (Ch.7). In "Water Resilience for Human Prosperity" Eds Rockstrom et al, Cambridge University Press

  • Barron, J., Tharme, R., Herrero, M. 2013. Drivers of and challenges for global food security (Chapter 2). In 2Managing water and agro-ecosystems for food security2 Eds. E. Boelee, (IWMI) and Cabi

  • Barron, J. 2012.Soils as a water resource: some thoughts on managing soils for productive landscapes meeting development challenges. (Wageningen UR Open Journal thematic issue)

  • Stein, C., Ernstson, H., Barron, J. 2011. A social network approach to analyzing water governance: The case of the Mkindo catchment, Tanzania. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 36(14-15):1085-1092

  • Barron, J., Enfors, E., Cambridge, H., Adamou, M. 2010. Coping with rainfall variability: Dryspell mitigation and implication on landscape water balances in smallscale farming systems in semi-arid Niger. Int. J. Water Res Dev 26:523-542



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • CLEANED : Comprehensive Livestock-Aquaculture Environmental Assessment for Improved Nutrition, a Secured Environment and Sustainable Development along Value Chains.2013-2014. SEI , ILRI, CIAT, CSIRO funded by Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Royal Society-DfID Human Capacity Network Award. 2013-14. Functions of soil and water ecosystem services for agriculture and forestry (FUSES); Uni. of York, Uni. KwaZulu Natal, Sokoine and Uni. of Abdou Moumouni /Niamey,

  • EU FP7. 2011-2014. WhaTeR: Water Harvesting Technologies Revisited: Potentials for Innovations, Improvements and Upscaling in Sub-Saharan Africa. http://whater.eu/

  • WORLD BANK. 2013. Addressing the Climate Vulnerability of Africa's Infrastructure. SEI with partners. to develop component on understanding of smallholder informal irrigation in 7 sub-Sahara Africa river basins.

  • Challenge Programme Water and Food (CPWF) Limpopo and Volta. 2010-2013. L1/V1 "Targeting and scaling out opportunities and potential impacts of rainwater management for smallholder farmers in the Limpopo and Volta basin".

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of IAHS-AISH: international Association of Hydrological Sciences

Additional qualifications

  • From 1st February 2015 : Will take up new position as the Research Theme Leader of 'Sustainable Water Management', International Water Management Institute (Colombo, Sri Lanka)


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Providing expertise in research for development initiatives /strategies funding action


Soft Skills

  • Have management and leadership experience from multi-partner international research for development collaborations

  • Provides continuous supervision and mentoring of junior staff , students , PhD and post-docs from multiple backgrounds

  • Ability to engage and lead multi-disciplinary teamwork with a host of various backgrounds and expertise

  • Capacity and track record of various research , policy , teaching and public communication of science


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