Introduction

In his most recent positions prior to joining NUS in 2011 Professor Robert Wasson was Director of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dean of  Science and Head of the Department of Geography and Human Ecology at the Australian National University, then Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and International at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He has taught and researched at Sydney University, Macquarie University, University of Auckland, Monash University, and the Australian National University. He was trained in geomorphology and his research interests are: causes of change in river catchments; environmental history; extreme hydrologic events in the tropics; cross-disciplinary methods; and the integration of science into both public and private sector policy He has done research in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, China, Myanmar and Thailand. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Water Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and is examining flood risk in relation to climate change and human vulnerability over long periods in India and Thailand, the political economy of disaster management in India and Thailand.

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