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Dr Agathe Maupin

Position: Senior Researcher Visiting Fellow
Programme: Foreign Policy / Governance of Africa's Resources Programme

Areas of Research Expertise:

  • Water and Energy Infrastructures in African Power Pools (SAPP, CAPP, EAPP)
  • Foreign policy and multi-leveled resources management (regional integration, policy-making and implementation)
  • Geopolitics of Climate Change (Africa, BASIC)


Dr Agathe Maupin holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Bordeaux in France. Before joining the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in 2012, she worked as a research and teaching Assistant at the University of Bordeaux, then at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, where she focused on hydro-political challenges and climate change in transboundary river basins in Southern Africa. Her expertise covers the geopolitics of water and energy resources in Southern, Central and Eastern Africa, with a focus on infrastructure-led dialogues in the African power pools. She successfully organised a SAIIA conference on Climate Change in Africa (perspectives on scientific evidence, public policies and leading initiatives) in Johannesburg in 2014 and attended to Rio+20, COP19 and COP20. More recently, she has participated in the International Scientific Conference, Our Common Future under Climate Change, located at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Languages spoken:

French (Fluent)
English (Fluent)
Portuguese (Basic)
German (Basic)

Recent Publications:

  • Maupin A, Lavie E and Blanchon B, 'La pénurie de l’eau : un discours à quelles fins?' (Water Scarcity Discourses: Why and How?), in Redon M, Magrin G, Chauvin E, Perrier Brusle L and Lavie E (dir), Ressources mondialisées. Essai de géographie politique (Globalized Resources. An Essay in Political Geography). Publications de la Sorbonne: Paris, 2015.
  • Maupin A. ‘From Hydro-Pessimism to Hydro-Optimism in Southern Africa: Hydropolitical Risk as a Tool for Improving Water Resource Management’, in Ibrahima A (ed) Water Governance in Africa. CEAUP: Porto, 2012.

Email address: agathe.maupin[@] / agathe.maupin[@]

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