Emanuele Lobina

Emanuele Lobina PGCE, PGCert, MA

Emanuele Lobina

Emanuele Lobina

Principal Lecturer in Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)

Department of International Business and Economics

Faculty of Business

Emanuele Lobina joined the Public Services International Research Unit (www.psiru.org) in 1998, after collaborating as a research associate with the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration and the University of Siena in Italy. PSIRU became part of the University of Greenwich in 2000, when Emanuele also joined the university. He has contributed significantly to PSIRU's research work on the water sector.

Emanuele has written more than 30 peer refereed articles and book chapters, and over 100 discussion papers and conference papers, and his work has been published and translated into English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Russian. Emanuele takes an interdisciplinary approach that includes a number of allied disciplines: political economy, development studies, political science, sociology, planning and public administration.

Emanuele is regularly commissioned for research work by, and provides policy advice to, international organisations, central and local governments, trades unions, non-governmental organisations and professional associations. He has been a lead consultant for the European Commission contract on assisting Partnerships for Capacity Development in the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) Water and Sanitation Sector, 2010–12 (Service contract 2010/236-444), and project manager of the British Council-funded project on Strengthening water and sanitation capacity in Russia (2012). He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Water and Sanitation, coordinated by the Pan-American Health Organisation,and is mandated to analyse the national plan to eliminate cholera from Haiti from 2012–22.

Research excellence co-ordinator, Department of International Business & Economics

  • Leader, Heterodox Microeconomics workshop
  • Convenor, Greenwich Water Talks

PhD supervision

  • Second supervisor (since August 2013), Yasaman Sarabi.

MPhil/PhD examination

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


  • Business ethics and governance
  • Professional practice in international business and economics
  • Personal and professional development
  • Visiting professorship, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, November to December 2012
  • Member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Water Governance
  • Member of the scientific committee of the Italian professional journal Gazzetta Amministrativa della Repubblica Italiana.

On-going research includes:

  • the development of a heterodox and critical realist theory of the firm
  • the comparative efficiency of public and private water operators
  • the economic and social impact of public–public partnerships
  • the policy diffusion of public–public partnerships and international programmes supporting not-for-profit partnerships for capacity development
  • the economic and social consequences of privatisation and liberalisation
  • the economic and social impact of and trends in remunicipalisation
  • the role of institutions and policies in sustainable water development
  • the role of public participation in water service governance
  • the role of social mobilisation in water service governance.

In all subjects his research covers developed, transition and developing countries.

Funded research projects

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

Municipal Services Project (MSP), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), 2009-2013 (www.municipalservicesproject.org).

Exploratory grant on "Strengthening water and sanitation capacity in Russia", 2012, Knowledge Economy Partnerships, Internationalising Higher Education, British Council.

Research Network on Governance and Citizenship in Water Management and Environmental Health in Latin America (WATERLAT), Leverhulme Trust, 2009-2011 (www.waterlat.org).

Managing Water for the City of the Future (SWITCH), European Commission, 6th Framework Programme, 2006-2010, Contract No. 018530 (GOCE). Integrated project (www.switchurbanwater.eu).

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.

Social Policy, Regulation and Private Sector Involvement in Water Supply, UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development), 2005-2006.

Decision making in water systems in European cities (WATERTIME), European Commission, 5th Framework Programme, 2002-2005. Contract No. EVK4-2002-0095 (www.watertime.net).

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, and () . In: International Review of Applied Economics. Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group. pp. 193-214. ISSN 0269-2171 ISSN 0269-2171

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() . In: Facing the Challenges of Water Governance (Palgrave Studies in Water Governance: Policy and Practice). Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke and New York. pp. 155-188. ISBN 978-3319985145

() . In: Participação e controle social em saneamento básico: conceitos, potencialidades e limites. Editora UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. pp. 51-73.

() . In: Urban Water Trajectories. Springer International Publishing, London, UK. pp. 149-161. ISBN 9783319426846

and () . In: Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South. Zed Books Ltd., London, UK. pp. 185-206. ISBN 978-1783600182

and () . In: Water Services Management and Governance: Lessons for a Sustainable Future. IWA Publishing, London, UK. pp. 123-132. ISBN 9781780400228

() . In: Agua y saneamiento: en la búsqueda de nuevos paradigmas para las Américas. Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Washington, D.C., USA. pp. 113-136. ISBN 978-92-75-11669-2

, , and () . In: SWITCH in the City: Putting Urban Water Management to the Test. IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, The Hague, The Netherlands. pp. 110-119. ISBN 9789066870789

and () . In: Encyclopedia of Geography. SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks. pp. 2315-2319. ISBN 978-1-4129-5697-0

and () . In: Dimensões político institucionais da governança da água na América Latina e Europa / Political and Institutional Dimensions of Water Governance in Latin America and Europe. Annablume Editora, Sao Paulo, Brazil. ISBN 978-85-7419-998-6

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, and (Eds.) (2015) . 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

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