James currently works for Aurecon in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an Associate of the water group working on a range of water resource management projects in Africa including hydrology and catchment modelling, infrastructure feasibility studies, policy, basin planning and capacity building. Some specific projects include assessing the economic impacts of climate change on South Africa through the water and roads infrastructure impacts channel, feasibility studies for potential desalinisation plants in South Africa, water availability studies for cities, towns and mining projects, assessment of the progress with water allocation reform in South Africa and a review and capacity building to improve the monitoring of streamflow in Malawi.
He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University, UK, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has five years of experience working for the water resources group of a civil engineering consulting firm in South Africa. He was a PhD student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Fellowship.