Dr. Gemma Carr
Tel.: +43-1-58801-406655

Centre for Water Resource Systems,
Vienna University of Technology,
Karlsplatz 13/222, A-1040 Vienna, Austria




Carr, G., Barendrecht, M.H., Debevec, L., Kuil, L., Blöschl, G. (2020) People and water: understanding integrated systems needs integrated approaches. Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology-Aqua jws2020055. doi:

Carr, G., Barendrecht, M. and Debevec, L. (2020) Putting society into hydrological models: Socio-hydrology in Burkina Faso.Thrive Blog - Water, Land and Ecosystems - CGIAR.


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Gemma Carr


Research Interests


•    Public and stakeholder participation in water resource management.
•    Socio-hydrology, modelling coupled human-water systems.
•    Water reuse, with a particular focus on irrigation and soil management.
•    Collaborative and interdisciplinary research and education in the water sciences.

Gemma’s current research interests are focussed around public and stakeholder participation in water resource management. Ongoing work has been exploring how participation can be evaluated in terms of its achievements and impacts on resource management. She is involved in socio-hydrology, a field that aims to explore the coupled dynamics between humans and water. She also continues to research water reuse and its institutional management. Being part of the Doctoral Programme also gives her the opportunity to explore how interdisciplinary education and research develops and can be supported.


Key Facts


Gemma took on the role of coordinator of the Doctoral Programme on Water Resource Systems in 2009. She has a broad background and obtained a bachelors degree with honours in Geology and Physical Geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2002. In 2004 she completed a Master of Science in Development and Environment at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Her interest in water resources was developed during her Masters dissertation which examined the potential for rainwater harvesting in Nepal. After working for an environmental consultancy she took on a PhD in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Reading, UK and graduated in 2009. Her PhD thesis explored the interactions between soil sustainability and soil and water management when reclaimed water is used for irrigation in the Middle East. She particularly valued the opportunity to conduct extended periods of research fieldwork in Jordan.

Gemma has published 22 scientific articles in areas of water resource management covering water reuse, stakeholder participation, socio-hydrology and interdisciplinary research and education. She is a regular reviewer for a variety of water related journals, is on the editorial board for the Italian Journal of Groundwater - Acque Sotterranee, is a co-convener for a session on transdisciplinarity in hydrology at the Annual Meeting of the European Geosciences Union, and an invited speaker at the 2017 Fall Meeting of the American Geosciences Union.