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Melissa McCracken

Assistant Professor of International Environmental Policy

Melissa McCracken

Assistant Professor of International Environmental Policy
  • Ph.D., Geography, Oregon State University
  • M.Sc., Water Security and International Development, University of East Anglia
  • B.S., General Engineering, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Melissa McCracken is an assistant professor of international environmental policy. Her research focus is on international water policy and management, cooperation and conflict over shared surface and groundwaters, and conflict transformation surrounding environmental resources. Broadly, she supports interdisciplinary research and teaching for water policy and management. Water is both a human and physical resource and therefore requires collaborative technical and policy solutions. Her current work addresses how transboundary water cooperation is defined and measured, with the goal of operationalizing a method for evaluating effective transboundary water cooperation.  She also is collaborating on additional projects aimed at monitoring hydropolitical tension and identifying factors that contribute to potential conflict or cooperation. Prior to joining The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Melissa was a Post-Doctoral Scholar with the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, as well as the Manager of the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database housed at Oregon State University. She has a Ph.D. in Geography from Oregon State University, an M.Sc. in Water Security and International Development from the University of East Anglia, and a B.S. in General Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Research Interests
  • Water Conflict and Cooperation
  • Water Governance
  • International Water Resources Management
  • International Freshwater Treaties and Agreements
  • Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDG 6.5.2)
  • Water Security


McCracken, Melissa and Aaron T. Wolf. 2019. “Updating the Register of International River Basins of the World.” International Journal of Water Resources Development. Accepted online: 29 March 2019.

McCracken, Melissa and Chloé Meyer. 2018. “Monitoring of Transboundary Water Cooperation: Review of Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 6.5.2 Methodology.” Journal of Hydrology. 563: 1-12.


Book Chapters and Other Works

McCracken, Melissa, Laura Peters, and Aaron T. Wolf. 2018. “Megatrends in Shared Waters in 2030 and Beyond.” In Assessing Global Water Megatrends. Springer: Singapore.

McCracken, Melissa and Aaron T. Wolf. 2016. “The Water Diplomacy Perspective.” HydroDiplomacy, Legal and Institutional Aspects of Water Resources Governance: From the International to the Domestic Perspective. Training Manual. UNESCO-IHP. 2016.