Dr Emanuele Lobina PhD, MA, PGCert, PGCE

Principal Lecturer, Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)

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Emanuele Lobina

Dr Emanuele Lobina
PhD, MA, PGCert, PGCE

Principal Lecturer, Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)


Dr Emanuele Lobina specialises in the political economy of water service reform, governance and regulation in the global North and South. His more recent work reconceptualises public service efficiency and productivity and focuses on the international experience with remunicipalisation, or reverse privatisation. Dr Lobina has been awarded an ISRF Political Economy Fellowship (2017-2018). Over the last 20 years, his research has produced policy impact at the highest level, as documented in a University of Greenwich REF2014 Impact Case Study. He has an established track record of conducting commissioned policy research for and providing expert evidence to international organisations, national and local governments, utilities and their associations, trade unions and civil society organisations. He has been invited to speak at dozens of academic and policy events around the world and has considerable experience of disseminating research through the mainstream media.   

After collaborating as a research associate with the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration and the University of Siena in Italy, he joined PSIRU in 1998 and the University of Greenwich in 2000.

Keywords: Water service reform; efficiency and productivity; capacity development; water governance; regulation; human right to water; sustainable water development; Public-Public Partnerships; public sector; public enterprise performance; remunicipalisation; Public-Private Partnerships; New Public Management; political economy; industrial organisation; organisational economics; comparative institutional analysis.

Responsibilities within the university

Member of the Senior Management Team, Department of International Business and Economics

PhD supervision

  • Third supervisor, Yasaman Sarabi (completed).

MPhil/PhD examination

  • Internal examiner, transfer from MPhil to PhD: Bertha Darteh
  • Internal examiner, MPhil: Camilla Capotorto.

Teaching (Tutor)

  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Operating in Emerging Markets
  • International Business Project

Awards

  • Visiting professorship, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, November to December 2012

Recognition

  • Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Water Governance

Research / Scholarly interests

On-going research includes:

  • rebasing organisational economics on a realist paradigm
  • reconceptualising public service efficiency and productivity 
  • the political economy of water remunicipalisation, or reverse privatisation 
  • the political economy of the human right to water.

Key funded projects

  • SSHRC Insight Grant, "Remunicipalization: The Future of Water Services?", 2018-2019, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada.
  • ISRF Political Economy Research Fellowship, "Reorienting Industrial Organisation Theory: From Necessary to Possible Outcomes", 2017-2018, Independent Social Research Foundation, (PI) £60,000.
  • COST Action Local Public Sector Reforms (LocRef), Working Group I - "External (Post-) NPM Reforms", 2013-2016, COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology), EU RTD Framework Programme.
  • Exploratory grant on "Strengthening water and sanitation capacity in Russia", Internationalising Higher Education, British Council, 2012 (Project Manager) £5,000.
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (DESA), Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil (November-December 2012).
  • Research Network on Governance and Citizenship in Water Management and Environmental Health in Latin America (WATERLAT), Leverhulme Trust, 2009-2011. 
  • Sustainable Water management Improves Tomorrow's Cities' Health (SWITCH), European Commission, 6th Framework Programme, 2006-2010, Contract No. 018530 (GOCE). Integrated project.
  • Environmental Governance in Peri-urban Water Basin Management in Metropolitan Areas – social, environmental, territorial and institutional dynamics (GovAgua), European Commission, ALFA Programme, 2005-2008, Network No. II-0433-FA-FCD-FI.
  • Decision making in water systems in European cities (WATERTIME), European Commission, 5th Framework Programme, 2002-2005. Contract No. EVK4-2002-0095.

Recent publications

Article

Lobina, Emanuele and , Weghmann, Vera (2020), Commentary: the perils and promise of inter-paradigmatic dialogues on remunicipalisation. Taylor & Francis. In: , , , . Taylor & Francis, Journal of Economic Policy Reform ISSN: 1748-7870 (Print), 1748-7889 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17487870.2020.1810473) NB Item availability restricted.

Lobina, Emanuele , Weghmann, Vera, Marwa, Marwa (2019), Water justice will not be televised: Moral advocacy and the struggle for transformative remunicipalisation in Jakarta. Water Alternatives Association. In: , , , . Water Alternatives Association, Water Alternatives, 12: 7 (2) . pp. 725-748 1965-0175 (Online) (doi: http://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/alldoc/articles/vol12/v12issue3/534-a12-2-17).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2017), A better future for water: what role for theory?. ISRF. In: , , , . ISRF, ISRF Bulletin (XIII) . pp. 16-21 (doi: http://www.isrf.org/bulletin/).

Hall, David , Lobina, Emanuele, Terhorst, Philipp (2013), Re-municipalisation in the early 21st century: water in France and energy in Germany. Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group. In: , , , . Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group, International Review of Applied Economics, 27 (2) . pp. 193-214 ISSN: 0269-2171 (Print), 1465-3486 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02692171.2012.754844).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2013), Remediable institutional alignment and water service reform: Beyond rational choice. Baltzer Science Publishers. In: , , In: Léo Heller (ed.), Saneamento básico, saúde ambiental e políticas públicas - Novos paradigmas para a América Latina e Carib. Baltzer Science Publishers, Washington, DC, USA International Journal of Water Governance, 1 (1-2) . pp. 109-132 ISSN: 2211-4491 (Print), 2211-4505 (Online) (doi: http://www.ijwg.eu/pub/36/).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2012), Water service governance, technological change and paradigm shifts: A conceptual framework. Inderscience Publishers. In: , , , . Inderscience Publishers, International Journal of Water, 6 (3/4) . pp. 155-175 ISSN: 1465-6620 (Print), 1741-5322 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJW.2012.049494).

Oliveira, Ana Paula B.V. , Heller, Léo, Nascimento, Nilo, Lobina, Emanuele (2012), Integrated urban water governance in Belo Horizonte, Brazil: changes and inertias. Inderscience Publishers. In: , , , . Inderscience Publishers, International Journal of Water, 6 (3-4) . pp. 232-249 ISSN: 1465-6620 (Print), 1741-5322 (Online) (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJW.2012.049498).

Lobina, Emanuele , Terhorst, Philipp, Popov, Vladimir (2011), Policy networks and social resistance to water privatisation in Latin America. Elsevier Ltd. In: 5th UK Social Networks Conference, 3-5 July 2009, Greenwich, UK In: Bruce Cronin, Dimitris Christopoulos (eds.), Procedia - Social and Behavioral Science. Elsevier Ltd, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 10 . pp. 19-25 ISSN: 1877-0428 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.01.004).

Lobina, Emanuele , Terhorst, Philipp, Popov, Vladimir (2011), Policy networks and social resistance to water privatization in Latin America. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 10 . pp. 19-25 ISSN: 1877-0428 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.01.004).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2010), Scenari europei nella gestione dei servizi idrici. Confservizi Lombardia. In: , , , . Confservizi Lombardia, Servizi & Società . pp. 29-31 (doi: ).

Book section

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2018), UK - Strong and weak lock-in of water governance outcomes in England. Palgrave Macmillan. In: , , In: Simon Porcher, Stéphane Saussier (eds.), Facing the Challenges of Water Governance (Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York . pp. 155-188 . ISBN: 9783319985145 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98515-2_7) NB Item availability restricted.

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2018), The necessity of wickedness and the possibilities of participation - Reframing dilemmas on water planning between conceptual fuzziness and real-world practice. Editora UFMG. In: , , In: Léo Heller, Marluce Aguiar, Sonaly Rezende (eds.), Participação e controle social em saneamento básico: conceitos, potencialidades e limite. Editora UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil . pp. 51-73 (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2016), Water remunicipalisation: Between pendulum swings and paradigm advocacy. Springer International Publishing. In: , , In: S. Bell, A. Allen, P. Hofmann, T.-H. Teh (eds.), Urban Water Trajectorie. Springer International Publishing, London, UK , 6 (1st) . pp. 149-161 . ISBN: 9783319426846 (doi: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319426846).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2014), Corporatization in the European water sector: Lessons for the global South. Zed Books Ltd.. In: , , In: David A. McDonald (ed.), Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global Sout. Zed Books Ltd., London, UK . pp. 185-206 . ISBN: 9781783600182 (doi: ).

Hall, David and , Lobina, Emanuele (2012), The birth, growth and decline of multinational water companies. IWA Publishing. In: , , In: Tapio Katko, Petri S. Juuti, Klaas Schwartz (eds.), Water Services Management and Governance: Lessons for a Sustainable Futur. IWA Publishing, London, UK . pp. 123-132 . ISBN: 9781780400228 (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2012), Hacia una teoría para la reforma del servicio de agua: más allá de la elección racional. Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS). In: , , In: Léo Heller (ed.), Agua y saneamiento: en la búsqueda de nuevos paradigmas para las América. Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Washington, D.C., USA . pp. 113-136 . ISBN: 9789275116692 (doi: ).

Knauer, Sônia , De Oliveira Nascimento, Nilo, Butterworth, John, Lobina, Emanuele (2011), Water management and urban planning in Belo Horizonte. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. In: , , In: John Butterworth, Peter McIntyre, Carmen Da Silva Wells (eds.), SWITCH in the City: Putting Urban Water Management to the Tes. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands . pp. 110-119 . ISBN: 9789066870789 (doi: http://www.switchurbanwater.eu/).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2010), Public Water Services. SAGE Publications. In: , , In: Barney Warf (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geograph. SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks , 5 . pp. 2315-2319 . ISBN: 9781412956970 (doi: http://www.sage-ereference.com/abstract/geography/n940.xml) NB Item availability restricted.

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2010), A provisão dos serviços de abastecimento de água e saneamento para consumidores de baixa renda na Inglaterra e País de Gales / The provision of water supply and sanitation services to low income consumers in England and Wales. Annablume Editora. In: , , In: Pedro Roberto Jacobi, Paulo de Almeida Sinisgalli (eds.), Dimensões político institucionais da governança da água na América Latina e Europa / Political and Institutional Dimensions of Water Governance in Latin America and Europ. Annablume Editora, Sao Paulo, Brazil , II . ISBN: 9788574199986 (doi: ).

Conference item

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2011), Making WOPs happen ACP - EU Water Partnerships. In: Water Operators’ Partnerships "Each One Teach One” Conference, 2 Nov 2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands , . , (doi: http://web.archive.org/web/20120927021527/http://www.internationalwaterweek.com/events/water-operators-partnerships-2/).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2011), Conceptual frameworks of sustainability. In: STER Research Monday Seminar, 3 Oct 2012, University of Greenwich, London, UK , . , (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Cavallo, Raphaella (2011), The campaign against water privatisation in Italy: democratising water from below. In: The Challenge of Sustainable Water Futures Workshop, 14-15 Jul 2011, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK , . , (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Lobina, Emanuele , Popov, Vladimir, Terhorst, Philipp, Driessen, Travis (2011), Social movement outcome and triadic alliances: do numbers matter?. In: 7th UK Social Networks Conference, 7-9 Jul 2011, University of Greenwich, London, UK , . , (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2010), Public-public partnerships in water: financing, coalitions and capacity. In: WATERLAT Network International Conference: the tension between environmental and social justice in Latin America: the case of water management, 25-27 October 2010, São Paulo, Brazil , . , (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2010), Discussion and comment: Bauby (2010) “Water Services: What are the challenges?”. In: CIRIEC Discussion Seminar: Services of General Economic Interest in Europe: Facts, Experiences and Prospects, 24 September 2010, University of Pavia , . , (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2010), Ownership-specific advantages and public water operations: networked governance, institutions and sustainability. In: Ninth Milan European Economy Workshop, ”An Agenda for the New Public Enterprise. Ownership and governance for the general interest”, 10-11 Jun 2010, University of Milan, Italy , . , (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2010), Thinking inside the box: the World Bank, strategic interest and advocacy coalitions in the water sector. In: Economic Governance Institutions, Economic Outcomes and the Crisis: An International Conference, 4 Jun 2010, University of Greenwich, London UK , . , (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele , Popov, Vladimir, Driessen, Travis, Terhorst, Philipp (2010), Towards a longitudinal evaluation of policy networks and social movement outcome: social resistance to water privatisation in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In: 6th UK Social Networks Conference, 14-16 Apr 2010, Manchester, UK , . , (doi: ).

Popov, Vladimir and , Lobina, Emanuele (2010), Beyond public-private partnerships: public-public partnerships and the reform of water services in Russia and new independent states. In: 11th International Conference "Public Sector Transition: Management in Turbulent Times", March 5–6, 2010, St. Petersburg, Russia , . , (doi: ).

Hall, David , Lobina, Emanuele, Corral, Violeta (2010), Replacing failed private water contracts. In: Seminar, 20 Jan 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia , . , (doi: http://www.psiru.org/reports/2010-01-W-Jakarta.doc).

Conference proceedings

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2017), Water remunicipalisation as a global trend: Calling for progressive policies. Red Agua Publica, Spain. In: , , , Proceedings of “Encuentro de Ciudades por el Agua Pública” City of Madrid, 3-4 November 201. Red Agua Publica, Spain, Madrid, Spain (doi: https://redaguapublica.wordpress.com/).

Lobina, Emanuele , Popov, Vladimir, Driessen, Travis, Terhorst, Philipp (2010), Towards a longitudinal evaluation of policy networks and social movement outcome: social resistance to water privatisation in Cochabamba, Bolivia. INSNA (International Network for Social Network Analysis). In: Sunbelt XXX International Sunbelt Social Network Conference, 29 June-4 July 2010, Riva del Garda Fiere Congressi Riva del Garda (TN), Italy , SUNBELT XXX Riva del Garda Fiere Congressi Riva del Garda (TN), Italy June 29 – July 4, 201. INSNA (International Network for Social Network Analysis), Tampa, USA (doi: ).

Edited book

Kishimoto, Satoko , Lobina, Emanuele, Petitjean, Olivier, Transnational Institute , Public Services International Research Unit, University of Greenwich , Multinationals Observatory , Municipal Services Project , European Federation of Public Service Unions (2015), Our public water future: The global experience with remunicipalisation. Transnational Institute (TNI) / Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) / Multinationals Observatory / Municipal Services Project (MSP) / European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). In: , , , . Transnational Institute (TNI) / Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) / Multinationals Observatory / Municipal Services Project (MSP) / European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), Amsterdam / London / Paris / Cape Town / Brussels . ISBN: 9789070563509 (doi: http://www.psiru.org/sites/default/files/2015-04-W-OurPublicWaterFutureFINAL.pdf).

Monograph

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2018), Commentary on the European Commission’s “Study on Water Services in Selected Member States”. European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). In: , , , . European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), https://www.epsu.org/sites/default/files/article/files/PSIRU%20Commentary%20on%20EC%20Study%20on%20Water%20Services_FINAL%20final.pdf (doi: https://www.epsu.org/sites/default/files/article/files/PSIRU%20Commentary%20on%20EC%20Study%20on%20Water%20Services_FINAL%20final.pdf).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2017), Categorical errors on water renationalisation. PSIRU. In: , , , . PSIRU, London (doi: ).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2017), Renationalisation is needed to tackle water poverty. PSIRU, London. In: , , , . PSIRU, London, London, UK (doi: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/21/privatisation-water-poverty-and-leaks).

Lobina, Emanuele and , Hall, David (2012), ACP-EU Water Facility: Partnerships initiative. PSIRU. In: , , , . PSIRU, London, UK (doi: http://www.psiru.org/sites/default/files/2012-08-W-ACPEUPUPs.docx) NB Item availability restricted.

Knauer, Sônia , de Oliveira Nascimento, Nilo, Butterworth, John, Smits, Stef , Lobina, Emanuele (2011), Towards integrated urban water management in Belo Horizonte, Brazil: a review of the SWITCH project. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. In: , , , . IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands (doi: http://www.irc.nl/page/62396).

Hall, David and , Lobina, Emanuele (2010), The past, present and future of finance for investment in water systems. PSIRU. In: , , , . PSIRU, Greenwich, UK PSIRU Reports (doi: http://www.psiru.org/reports/past-present-and-future-finance-investment-water-systems).

Hall, David and , Lobina, Emanuele (2010), Water companies in Europe 2010. PSIRU. In: , , , . PSIRU, London, UK PSIRU reports (doi: http://www.psiru.org/reports/2010-W-EWCS.doc).

Lobina, Emanuele and , (2010), D6.1.5/6a Analytical Framework: enabling factors for sustainable urban water management. SWITCH Project. In: , , , . SWITCH Project, Delft, The Netherlands (doi: http://www.switchurbanwater.eu/outputs/results.php?pubtype_select=6&pt=Reports) NB Item availability restricted.

Other

Weghmann, Vera and , Lobina, Emanuele (2018), Water Renationalisation in Cameroon 2018. Public Services International. In: , , , . Public Services International, (doi: https://www.world-psi.org/sites/default/files/attachment/news/cameroon_water_renationalised_psiru_brief_may_2018.pdf) NB Item availability restricted.

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