Chapagain, Ashok Kumar


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Ashok Chapagain is experienced in managing and coordinating international and interdisciplinary projects ensuring technical quality and project delivery. He has expertise with specific water related experience in the fields of Integrated Water Resources Management, Water Footprint Assessment, industrial and agricultural efficiency and sustainability, irrigation, hydrology and watershed modelling, flood risk management, river basin planning and management, and environmental impact assessment. He helped develop the concept of Water Footprint since its inception, co-authoring the ‘Water Footprint Assessment Manual’ used globally as the standard. He worked as Science direct at Water Footprint Network for 5 years and currently serves as the member of Supervisory Board of WFN. Prior to joining WFN, he worked with WWF-UK for 5 years as Senior Water Advisor. Currently he is working at the capacity of Senior Professor at University of Free State in South Africa.

Selected publications

Hoekstra, A.Y., Chapagain, A.K. & Van Oel, P.R. (2017) Advancing water footprint assessment research: Challenges in monitoring progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 6, Water, 9(6): 438. Find it here

Shrestha, S., Chapagain, R. & Babel, M.S. (2017) Quantifying the impact of climate change on crop yield and water footprint of rice in the Nam Oon irrigation project, Thailand, Science of The Total Environment, 599-600: 689-699. Find it here

Hoekstra, A.Y., Chapagain, A.K. & Zhang, G.P. (2016) Water footprints and sustainable water allocation, Sustainability, 8(1): 20. Find it here

Chapagain, A.K. & Tickner, D. (2012) Water footprint: Help or hindrance?, Water Alternatives, 5:(3) 563-581. Find it here

Hoekstra, A.Y., Mekonnen, M.M., Chapagain, A.K., Mathews, R.E. & Richter, B.D. (2012) Global monthly water scarcity: Blue water footprints versus blue water availability, PLoS ONE, 7(2): e32688. Find it here

Chapagain, A.K. & Hoekstra, A.Y. (2011) The blue, green and grey water footprint of rice from production and consumption perspectives, Ecological Economics, 70(4): 749-758. Find it here

Feng, K., Hubacek, K., Minx, J., Siu, Y.L., Chapagain, A., Yu, Y., Guan, D. & Barrett, J. (2011) Spatially explicit analysis of water footprints in the UK, Water, 3(1): 47-63. Find it here

Chapagain, A.K., and Orr, S. (2009) An improved water footprint methodology linking global consumption to local water resources: A case of Spanish tomatoes, Journal of Environmental Management, 90: 1219-1228. Find it here

Chapagain, A.K. & Hoekstra, A.Y. (2008) The global component of freshwater demand and supply: An assessment of virtual water flows between nations as a result of trade in agricultural and industrial products, Water International, 33(1): 19-32. Find it here

Chapagain, A.K., and Hoekstra, A.Y. (2007) The water footprint of coffee and tea consumption in the Netherlands, Ecological Economics, 64(1): 109-118. Find it here

Hoekstra, A.Y. & Chapagain, A.K. (2007) The water footprints of Morocco and the Netherlands: Global water use as a result of domestic consumption of agricultural commodities, Ecological Economics, 64(1): 143-151. Find it here

Hoekstra, A.Y. & Chapagain, A.K. (2007) Water footprints of nations: water use by people as a function of their consumption pattern, Water Resources Management, 21(1): 35-48. Find it here

Chapagain, A.K., Hoekstra, A.Y., and Savenije, H.H.G. (2006) Water saving through international trade of agricultural products, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 10(3): 455-468. Find it here

Chapagain, A.K., Hoekstra, A.Y., Savenije, H.H.G. & Gautam, R. (2006) The water footprint of cotton consumption: An assessment of the impact of worldwide consumption of cotton products on the water resources in the cotton producing countries, Ecological Economics, 60(1): 186-203. Find it here

Ma, J., Hoekstra, A.Y., Wang, H., Chapagain, A.K. & Wang, D. (2006) Virtual versus real water transfers within China, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B., 361 (1469): 835-842. Find it here