Bernard Barraqué is a French civil engineer holding a city planning degree from Harvard University and a PhD in urban socio-economic issues from Paris University. He started his career as a consultant in urban environment policies, and progressively turned to research and teaching. He now is full time Research Director in the CNRS (French Science Centre), with the rank of professor, in environmental policies, in particular water. He is attached to CIRED, Centre International de Recherches sur l'Environnement et le Développement, which is co-tutored by AgroParisTech, PontsParisTech, University of Paris-Est and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales / PSL Research University, and associated to the CNRS. Due to his inter-disciplinary profile, he also was the chair of the French National Committee of the UNESCO International Hydrological Program until 2010. He is member of the editorial boards of Water Policy, Espaces et Sociétés and Water Alternatives.