Title of his doc­toral re­search: “Dia­gnos­ing the In­sti­tu­tional Shift in re­hab­il­it­ated On-Farm Ir­rig­a­tion Sys­tems in the “Old Lands” of Egypt.”

Ameliorating field irrigation systems has been overriding priority for the government of Egypt; establishing water user associations (WUA) has been a substantial corner of this amelioration to aid farmers in adapting to the rehabilitation made in the infrastructure of farmer-managed tertiary canals (Mesqa) in the “old lands” of the country. Nonetheless, farmers at the rehabilitated areas formed another mechanism of self-governed rules instead of being a part of WUA, and the problems of inefficient and unequal water use arise. The objective of this project is to diagnose this phenomenon in Kafr El Sheikh Governorate by understanding why and how famers at the rehabilitated Mesqas alter the introduced institutional environment and to identify the institutional findings enhancing the sustainability of farm irrigation systems. Institutional Analysis and Development framework will be employed to support the analysis of the dynamics situations at Mesqas. Qualitative Comparative Analysis will be utilized to examine the configurational influence of a number of rules, Mesqas’ physical characteristics, and social properties of irrigation community over the potential outcomes and to guide the project to the reduced cases that will be then analyzed via implementing experimental irrigation games approach. The expected results of this investigation may provide explanatory demonstrations of farmers’ institutional system created to conform to the rehabilitated Mesqas, and how this self-governance system shall be developed to increase the probability of improving water use efficiency and equity through the identification of irrigators’ behavior, self-crafted rules, decisions made to manage irrigation water dilemmas at empirical settings.