James E. Nickum

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Research Program
Editor-in-Chief, Water International Tokyo, Japan
nickumtjk [at] gmail.com
Ph.D. in Economics, University of California (Berkeley)
Area of Expertise: 

Comparative water and environmental policy and governance; water economies of global cities; China’s water management

James E. (Jim) Nickum is Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Research Program.  He was a Senior Fellow in the EWC Program in Environment from 1988-1996, directing projects on water use conflicts in Asia-Pacific metropolises and environmental governance, after which he moved to Japan.  He subsequently worked with former EWC colleagues on projects on ecoconsciousness in Asia, water security in South Asia, and water economies of global cities.  Since 2007 he has served on the Executive Board of the International Water Resources Association, while serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the Association’s official journal, Water International.  He is currently an international advisor to the Centre for Water Engineering and Policy at the University of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Research Professor in the Centre for Water and Development at SOAS, University of London, UK. 


Selected recent publications


Nickum, James E. “Water Management.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies.  Ed. Tim Wright.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Aziza Akhmouch, Delphine Clavreul, Sarah Hendry, Sharon B. Megdal, James E. Nickum, Francisco Nunes-Correia and Andrew Ross, eds., The OECD Principles on Water Governance: from Policy Standards to Practice.  London and New York: Routledge, 2019.


 Patricia Wouters, Huiping Chen and James E. Nickum, eds., Transboundary Water Cooperation: Principles, Practice and Prospects for China and its Neighbours.  London and New York: Routledge, 2018.

Stephanie Kuisma, James E. Nickum, Callum Clench, Heather Bond, Henning Bjornlund ,Raya Marina Stephan, Jae Young Park, Gi Sung Hwang, Munhyun Ryu, Kyong Ho Mun, Sukuk Yi and Kanghyun Lee, eds., Smart Water Management: Case Study Report.  Daejeon, Korea: K-Water, 2018, 493 pp.   (https://www.iwra.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/SWM-report-final.pdf).

Henning Bjornlund, James E. Nickum and Raya Marina Stephan, eds., Wicked Problems of Water Quality Governance.  Special Issue of Water International 43(3), April 2018, 159 pp.75.         


James E. Nickum, Jia Shaofeng and Scott Moore, “Red Lines and China’s Water Resources Policy in the Twenty-first Century,” Ch. 6 in Eva Sternfeld, ed., Routledge Handbook on China’s Environmental Policy (London: Routledge Earthscan, 2017), pp 71-82. 


James E. Nickum and Peter P. Mollinga, “Different Asias, Same Problems: Negotiating the State-User Interface in Surface Irrigation in China and India,” Water Policy, 18(S1), December 2016, pp. 83-102.  

Frederick Lee, Veena Aggarwal and James Nickum, “Urban Domestic Water Pricing in India and China,” special issue of Water Policy, 18(S1), December 2016, pp. 68-82  [2]