As a result, we seek to develop into a leading institution that consults water sector actors in decision-making processes to form conflict resilient, effective, and sustainable water management and utilization schemes on all scales of implementation.
In the wake of globalization, a growing population, and shifting climates, water supply obstacles are increasing. SWIM is dedicated to helping overcome these obstacles through optimized and problem-oriented water management approaches and prevention of potential conflicts between stakeholders or nation-states.
We work with policymakers, civil society, academic institutions and conflict actors to transform water related conflicts and therefore promote the realisation of all human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
SWIM offers a variety of services ranging from interdisciplinary research, strategic policy analysis, advice and consulting in international, national and regional water governance, water management and water policy. SWIM has a strong focus on the interdisciplinary connection of technical, spatial geographical data with social science, politics and demographics.
Further, we publish comprehensive reports and precise analysis to facilitate decision-making and raise awareness for overlooked aspects which threaten water security and peace.
SWIM has a strong focus on the interdisciplinary connection of technical, spatial geographical data with social science, politics and demographics. The consideration of both aspects allows SWIM to identify best-practice approaches such as adaptation measures for uncertain variabilities before they occur and thus help to prevent conflicts.
Armin is a Hydro Scientist with a background in Environmental Engineering, particularly interested in Transboundary Water Arrangements in the MENA region. His German-Iranian background and experience of living eight years in the United Arab Emirates help him understand the complex political, social, and geographic dynamics of the Middle East. From his work experience in the Federal Ministry of Migration and Refugees in Germany and his attendance at various political conferences, Armin offers a vast political knowledge. Since 2020, Armin focuses his research on the concept of hydro-hegemony looking at the layered nature of water-related conflicts and political strategies at different levels in the Euphrates-Tigris-Basin.
Sara is an experienced professional with a background in Environmental Engineering and a master’s degree in Hydro Sciences and Engineering. Over eight years of experience, she has worked on environmental management, environmental impact assessment and compliance with environmental legal requirements in the private sector. After working on water use and management, her interests gradually shifted towards water governance. As co-founder of SWIM (Solutions for Water Integrity and Management), she works on projects and research to improve water governance, with a special interest in fighting corruption in the water and sanitation sector. In addition, being a founding member of an environmental consulting company in Colombia and a youth organisation like SWIM allowed her to develop strong leadership and project management skills.
Tilmann is currently working on his master’s degree thesis within his Hydro Science and Engineering studies. Through his previous experience working with the German-Iranian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Tehran and with the internationally renowned adelphi institute, Tilmann brings an international understanding of water management and consultancy. He is interested in working on water integrity issues worldwide and conducting analyses in the nexus of water, management, infrastructure, and politics. Tilmann strongly supports trans-disciplinary research and cooperation; and has conducted cooperative research with the Water Integrity Network (WIN), inquiring about corruption in the water sector.
Dominique is an Environmental Scientist with a strong emphasis on Transboundary Water Management and inclusive Water Governance. She supports multi-dimensional and transdisciplinary research and cooperation and gained experiences in both, national and international organizations, always focusing on Water Resources Management by using stakeholder involvement as a key element. Living temporarily in countries with predominating water shortages and uprising conflicts, her interests are now prioritized in finding solution options to combat the primary sources for those and to turn her gained knowledge into practice.