Dr. Clive Lipchin

Director of the Center for Transboundary Water Management

Dr. Clive Lipchin was born in South Africa and raised in Johannesburg. He received his first degree in applied psychology and zoology with an emphasis on wildlife management on private game farms in South Africa’s Northern Province. Dr. Lipchin immigrated to Israel in 1991 and received a masters degree in desert ecology from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In 1996, he left Israel to pursue a PhD in resource ecology management at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. The focus of his PhD was public perceptions and attitudes towards water scarcity in Israel.

Dr. Lipchin joined the faculty of the Arava Institute in 2003 where he teaches a multidisciplinary course on water management in the Middle East. He oversees research projects, workshops and conferences that focus on transboundary water and environmental problems facing Israel, Jordan and Palestine. His specialty is in water resources management and policy.   Currently, Dr. Lipchin is coordinating the TransBasin—Transboundary Water Basin Management Project, a project funded by the International Research Staff Exchange Scheme of the European Union. This project brings together researchers from Europe and the Middle East to study conflict and cooperation in river basin management and to identify the principles and mechanisms that both promote and hinder cooperation in river basins in Europe and the Middle East. 

Dr. Lipchin has published and presented widely on the topic of transboundary water management in the Middle East and has served as senior editor on two books: “Integrated Water Resources Management in the Middle East”, and “The Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin: Cooperation amid Conflict”. Since the online publication on Oct 9th , 2009 of  “The Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin: Cooperation Amid Conflict” there has been a total of 2,440 chapter downloads of the book making it one of the top 50% most downloaded eBooks in the Springer eBook Collection of 2012.



The Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin: Cooperation Amid Conflict. (2009) Lipchin, C., Sandler, D. and Cushman, E. (eds.) Springer Publishing, Netherlands.
Integrated Water Resources Management in the Middle East. (2007) Lipchin, C., Pallant, E., Saranga, D. and Amster, A. (eds.) Springer Publishing, Netherlands.

Academic Articles

Craddock, HA., Rjoub,Y., Jones,K., Lipchin, C. & Sapkota, AR. Perceptions on the use of recycled water for produce irrigation and household tasks: A comparison between Israeli and Palestinian consumers. Journal of Environmental Management 297, 113234.2021.

Ellis, SF., Kecinski, M., Messer, KD. & Lipchin,C. (2021) Consumer perceptions after long‐term use of alternative irrigation water: A field experiment in Israel. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Chattopadhyay, S., Rjoub, Y., Rosen, D., Greif, J. & Lipchin, C. (2020) Antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli and Klebsiella spp. in greywater reuse systems and pond water used for agricultural irrigation in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories. Craddock, HA., Environmental Research 188, 109777.

Craddock, HA., Panthi, S., Rjoub, Y., Lipchin, C., Sapkota, A.& Sapkota, AR. (2020).Antibiotic and herbicide concentrations in household greywater reuse systems and pond water used for food crop irrigation: West Bank, Palestinian Territories. Science of the Total Environment 699, 134205.

Abu Ali,H., Baronian, M., Burlace, L., Davies, PA., Halasah, S. & Hind, M. (2019). Off-grid desalination for irrigation in the Jordan Valley. Desalination and Water Treatment 168, 143-154.

Ellis, SF., Kecinski, M., Messer, KD. & Lipchin, C. (2018) Gaps in risk perceptions between the United States and Israel: Field experiments on various types of nontraditional water. Applied Economics and Statistics Research Report.

Lipchin, C. and Albrecht, T. (2017) A Watershed-Based Approach to Mitigating Transboundary Wastewater Conflicts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Water Security in the Middle East: Essays in Scientific and Social Cooperation. Jean Axelrad Cahan (Ed.) Anthem Press, London.

Lipchin, C., Best, J., Cutler, J., Kronich, S. (2016) Mitigating transboundary wastewater conflicts: Building partnerships and trust through collaborative dialogue. Journal of Peacebuilding & Development: Vol. 11: 72-77

Wilner, S, Lipchin, C. and Aloni, Z. (2015) Salt storms, sinkholes and major economic losses: Can the deteriorating Dead Sea be saved from the looming eco crisis? Negev, Dead Sea and Arava Studies Vol. 7 (2): 27–37.

Lipchin, C. (2014) Transboundary Wastewater Management under Conditions of Inadequate Infrastructure and Political Complexity: the Need for Decentralized Approaches. New Water Policy and Practice Journal: Vol. 1 (1): 40-45.

Holzer, J., Albrecht, T., Westheimer, N., and C. Lipchin (2014). Leveraging Environmental Data to Promote Cooperation toward Integrated Watershed Management in the Hebron/Besor Watershed. Palestine-Israel Journal: Vol. 19 (4) and Vol. 20 (1): 56-68

Lipchin, C. (2014) Transboundary Management of the Hebron/Besor Watershed in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. In: Water Scarcity, Security and Democracy: A Mediterranean Mosaic. Francesca de châtel, Gail Holst-Warhaft and Tammo Steenhuis (Eds.) Global Water Partnership Mediterranean, Cornell University and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.

Spiritos, E. and Lipchin, C. (2013) Desalination in Israel. In: Water policy in Israel: Context, issues and options. Nir Becker (Ed.). Springer publishing.
Donnely, K., Zawahri, N. and Lipchin, C. (2012) Perspectives on Water Conservation in Israel and Palestine: Foundations and Future. In: Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges. Sharon Megdal, Robert Varady and Susanna Eden (Eds.) CRC Press.

Rachel E. Bullene; James Paul Brooks; Edward L. Boone; Clive Lipchin; Toni P. Sorrell; Charles R. Stewart (2011). Uncertainty Quantification for a Middle East Water Supply System. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management.

Görlach, B, Bar-On, H., Möller-Gulland, J. and Lipchin, C. (2011). Analysis for European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) Countries and the Russian Federation of social and economic benefits of enhanced environmental protection – Israel Country Report, funded by the European Commission. Brussels.

Boelee E, Chiramba T & Khaka E (eds) 2011. An ecosystem services approach to water and food security. Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme; Colombo: International Water Management Institute. ISBN 978-92-807-3152-1. Lipchin, C. (contributing author).

Lipchin, C. Kronich, S. and Hind, M. (2010) An Assessment of Marginal Water Resources in Israel and Palestine. Strategic Foresight Group, Mumbai, India.

Lipchin, C. and Abdeen, Z. (2010) The Water Culture of Israelis and Palestinians. In: Water Wisdom: Preparing the Groundwork for Cooperative and Sustainable Water Management between Israelis and Palestinians. Tal, A. and Abed Rabbo, A. (eds.) Rutgers University Press.

Meindertsma, W. ,van Sark, W.G.J.H.M. and Lipchin, C. Renewable Energy Fueled Desalination in Israel. Desalination and Water Treatment: Science and Engineering. Vol. 13: 450-463

Lipchin, C., Brenner, S. and Benhaim, S. (2008) Environmental Studies as a Bridge to Peace and Security in the Middle East. European Association for International Education. Vol. 10 (2): 20-21.

Brenner, S., Lipchin, C. and Amster, A. (2007) Decoupling Environmental Problems from the Overall Aspects of Political Disputes – Is it Possible? The Case of the PM 2.5 Project. In: Strategies to Enhance Environmental Security in Transition Countries (Hull, R. and Barbu, H. eds.). Springer, Netherlands.

Chenowyth, J., Wehrmeyer, W., Lipchin, C., Smith, J. , Gazit, T. A Comparison of Environmental Visions of University Students in Israel and Palestine. Futures Journal vol. 11 (3):1-19.

Lipchin. C. (2006) A Future for the Dead Sea Basin: Water Culture among Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians. Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Social Science Research Network Electronic Paper Collection: http://ssrn.com/abstract=929106

Hull, R., Belluck, D. Lipchin, C. (2005) A Framework for Multi-Criteria Decision-Making With Special Reference to Critical Infrastructure. In: Ecotoxicology, Ecological Risk Assessment and Multiple Stressors (Arapsis, G., Goncharova, N., Baveye, P. eds.). Springer, Netherlands.

Lipchin, C. (2005) A Future for the Dead Sea Basin. Options for a More Sustainable Water Management: Elements for Environmental Risk and Security. In: The Role of Risk Assessment in Environmental Security and Emergency Preparedness in the Mediterranean Region (Linkov, I. ed.). Kluwer Academic Publishers

Lipchin, C. (2005) Water between Arabs and Israelis. Researching Twice Promised Resources. In: Encyclopedia of Water, John Wiley & Sons.

Lipchin, C. (2005) Conflict and water use in the Middle East. In: Encyclopedia of Water, John Wiley & Sons Publishing.

Lipchin, C. and Tal, A. (2004) Sustainable Development Indicators for Measuring Israel’s Quality of Life: Assessing the Relevance of Sustainable Indicator Research at the Local and National Levels. In: Sustainable Development Indicators in Israel: Summary of Report Phase I. The Center for Environmental Policy Studies, The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.

Lipchin, C., Antonius, R., Rishmawi, K., Afanah, A., Trottier, J., Orthofer, R. (2004) A Future for the Dead Sea Basin: An Analysis of the Public’s Perceptions and Attitudes towards the Declining Water Level of the Dead Sea Basin. In: Palestinian and Israeli Environmental Narratives. (Schoenfield, S. ed.). York University Press, Toronto.

Lipchin, C. (2002) Men, Women and Water: A Case Study of Gender Perceptions in the Southern Arava Desert, Israel. In: First International Symposium on Transboundary Waters Management: Proceedings. (Aldana, A.A., Aparicio-Mijares, J. & Equihua, R. eds.). Mexican Hydrological Association.

Kroll, A. Russell, G. and Lipchin C. (2002) Agricultural Water Use and Sectoral Policies in Mediterranean Countries. Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, European Commission, Brussels

Lipchin, C. and Tal, A. (2001) Sustainable Development Indicators for Measuring Israel’s Quality of Life: Assessing the Relevance of Sustainable Indicator Research at the Local and National Level. The Israel Center for Environmental Policy, The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.

Lipchin, C. (2001) Perceptions of Water Use in the Arava Valley of Israel and Jordan. The Journal of the International Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 8 (2): 20-21.

Sprintzen, D., Carlin, S., Lipchin, C. and Gertz, E. (2000). Indicators of Community Sustainability: Measuring the Quality of Life in the City of Glen Cove, Report 2000. Smith & Dress, Huntington, New York.

Parikh, K. and Lipchin, C. (1998) National Human Development Reports (NHDRs): An Effective Tool for Promoting Human Development. Working Paper: Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme.

Boeken, B., Lipchin, C., Gutterman, Y. and Van Rooyen, N. (1998) Annual Plant Community Responses to Density of Small-Scale Soil Disturbances in the Negev Desert of Israel. Oecologia 114: 106-117.

Lipchin, C. (1997) Water Scarcity, International Security and Resource Disputes-The Case of the Tigris-Euphrates and Jordan Basin River System In: Population-Environment Dynamics: Ten Case Studies (Arlinghaus, S. L., Drake, W. D. & Jacobs, D. eds.). University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Available on-line at: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~wddrake/lipchin.html

Other Publications

Lipchin, C. and Pennycock, D. (2015) Water in Israel. Available online at: https://water.fanack.com/israel/introduction-en/

Lipchin, C. (2003) Public Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Water Use in Israel: A Multi-Level Analysis. PhD Thesis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI.

Lipchin, C. (December, 2002/January 2003) Talking to Residents of Israel and Jordan about the Importance of Water in the Middle East. The Washtenaw Jewish News: 27 (4).

Lipchin, C. (2002) Nature in Your Neighborhood: Water Curriculum for Elementary, Middle and High School. National Wildlife Federation, Vienna, Virginia.

Lipchin, C. (1996) Annual Plant community Responses to Small-Scale Soil Disturbances in the Central Negev, Israel. M.Sc. thesis, Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel.

Lipchin, C. (1992). A Preliminary Study on the Influence of Hunting on the Productivity and Population Structure of Impala (Aepyceros Melampus) on Selected Game Ranches in the Ellisras District. B.Sc. (Honors) thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.