Dr Bamlaku Tadesse

Short profile description (Bamlaku Tadesse)

  • Bamlaku Tadesse Mengistu (PhD in Peace and Conflict Resolution from Haramaya University, MA in Social Anthropology from Addis Ababa University)
  • Researcher at Water and Land Resource Centre, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa
  • Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Institute of Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), Addis Ababa University, Sidist Killo Campus

Research experiences related to water, land and NRM

  • Post-doctoral researcher at WLRC in social sciences (conducting research on water governance and security issues in the CRV and Upper Awash sub- basins such as:
  • Power Dynamics in Multiple Uses and Competing Claims on water Resources: Aspects of critical water governance in the Central Rift Valley (CRV) Basin of Ethiopia
  • The challenges of water governance financing in the CRV basin of Ethiopia
  • The catena of water governance in CRV: upstream-downstream linkages and conflicts in water access and use
  • Drivers of change in sustainable water governance and agricultural practices in the central rift valley basin of Ethiopia: a participatory approach
  • An assessment of the social mapping/social cartography and stakeholders’ analysis of water pollution in the Upper Awash catchment Akaki river sub basin


  • An Assessment of the Existing Early Warning and Response Systems to Disasters in Arero District, Borena Zone of Oromia Regional State, East African Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 2018, Vol. 2 No. 1 (49-72), The College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Haramaya University, Dire Dawa – Ethiopia.
  • The Roles of Customary Institutions in Adaptation and Coping to Climate Change and Variability among the Issa, Ittu and Afar Pastoralists of eastern Ethiopia, Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems, 2015; 2: 146- 162, De Gruyter Open, Warso- Poland.
  • The Impact of Climate Change and Variability on Pastoralist Women in Somali Region, Eastern Ethiopia, Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA), 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Research interests:

  • Water governance and security, natural resources competitions and its induced conflicts, customary institutions and conflict resolutions, power and power relations among the multiple stakeholders in resource uses, policies and institutions, gender as across cutting issues in resource governance and management practices, etc