National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) ,
Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi Project
Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology
for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management(CAAST - CSAWM)
Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Tal. Rahuri, Dist. Ahmednagar 413 722

Ian Smout


Ian Smout, BA, MSc
Loughborough University UK


Date of birth:       8 June 1950

Nationality:          British

Profession:           Chartered Civil Engineer

Degrees:                BA Engineering, Cantab (1971); MSc Agric Engineering, Reading (1974)

Expertise:             Water engineering and management in developing countries: water resources; rural and urban water supply, demand management; risk assessment; institutional development; capacity building;canal / surface irrigation, hydrology and modelling; agricultural water use

Experience:         40 years

Countries:            Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, UK, Zimbabwe.

Relevant professional experience

  • WEDC, LoughboroughUniversity 1987 to date (Director 2002-2008, currently Principal Programme Manager)
  • Sir M MacDonald and Partners (now Mott MacDonald) 1974 – 1987
  • More than 100 publications (h-index 14, i10 index 23 and total 1018 citations), managed research and consultancy contracts with total value exceeding £3 million, and supervised 20 completed PhD theses (15 by students from developing countries).

Examples of relevant research and consultancy work

2014 – date          Human Development Innovation Fund (DFID) - Technical Advisor on innovative water projects in Tanzania.

2012 – 2016         RurbanAfrica: African Rural-City Connections (European Commission Framework 7) - Access to services in low-income city communities in Africa, with fieldwork in Cameroon

2006 - 2015          Supervision of PhD study on Performance Assessment of Heterogeneous Irrigation Schemes in India. PhD awarded to U S Kadam

2005 - 2010          Supervision of PhD study on Implications of Urban Development for Water Demand, Wastewater Generation and Reuse in Water-Stressed Cities: Case studies from South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. PhD awarded to Daan van Rooijen

2006 – 2011         SWITCH Integrated Project (European Commission Framework 6) - Water Demand Management for the city of the future, with fieldwork in Alexandria.

2008 – 2010         Reversing Environmental Degradation for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development (DFID) UK-Bangladesh Higher Education Link

2009 - 2013          Supervision of PhD study on Managing climate change and other risks to improving water services for the urban poor in Africa (Joachim Ezeji).

2006 - 2009          Supervision of PhD on Transferring water from agriculture to growing cities: the Hyderabad case (South-India) and its implications for intersectoral water reallocation research and policies (Mattia Celio)

2005-2006                            Risk Assessment for Flood Incident Management: Phase 1 (DEFRA/Environment Agency) – work package on Risks and Consequences of Failure of Reactive Mitigation Measures

2002 – 2006         Supervision of PhD on Reservoir Sizing in Integrated Water Resource System for Watersheds in Semi-Arid and Sub-Humid Tropics, with fieldwork in India. PhD awarded to M Shinde.

2002 – 2006         Supervision of PhD on Optimal Water and Land Resources Management Planning using GIS Techniques for Watersheds in Arid/Semi-Arid Regions, with fieldwork in India. PhD awarded to H Galgale

2004                      Technical Assistance for Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Sector, Nepal (DFID)

1999 – 2002         Designing Water Supply & Sanitation Projects to Meet Demand (DFID) with case studies in South Africa, Tanzania, Nepal and India.

1992 - 1995          Supervision of PhD on Model for planning and operation of heterogeneous irrigation schemes in semi-arid regions under rotational water supply, with case study from western India. (1992-95). PhD awarded to S D Gorantiwar.

Postgraduate Teaching Responsibilities

Lecturer and Internal Examiner, Modules in Integrated Water Resource Management (current), Water Sources Development (current), Management of Water and Sanitation/Community and Management (1998 to 2010), Irrigation (1993-1999); Surface Water (1993-1999).

External Examiner

PhD theses:           University of Pune, (2015), University of East Anglia (2015), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, (2014), Anna University, Chennai (2014), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (2012), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2011), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (2010), University of Edinburgh (2010), University of East Anglia (2009), University of Southampton (2009), Andhra University (2005), OU (2004), UMIST (2004), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, (2004), Newcastle University (2002), UMIST (2002), Leeds University (2002), UMIST (2000), Wageningen University, the Netherlands (1999), Wye College, University of London (1995).

BSc / MSc programmes: University of Kurdistan Hewler, Iraq (2012-2014), University of London (2008-2012), Cranfield University (2006 -2009), University of Southampton (2000 – 2004), UMIST (2000 – 2003).

Professional Affiliations

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Chartered Water and Environmental Manager
  • Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Chair of Trustees (2010 – 2015), RedR UK (Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief)


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