VISHWA BALLABH holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. His major area of work concerns the institutional aspects of natural resource management. He has coauthored and coedited several books, among which are Farm Forestry in South Asia (coedited with N. C. Saxena; New Delhi: Sage, 1995) and Organising for Rural Development: Experience of an Action Research Project in Gujarat, India (V. Ballabh et al.; Anand, Gujarat: Institute of Rural Management, 2001). He has been a consultant to several national and international development organizations. Presently he is working as RBI Chair Professor at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Gujarat, India (e-mail: email@example.com).
PRANITA BHUSHAN UDAS is an agriculturist by training, with a master's degree in irrigation. Currently she is involved in Ph.D. research in Nepal, and is institutionally affiliated to Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Her current research is titled “Gendered Participation in Water Management in Nepal: Discourses, Policies, and Practices.” Her working experience includes both the implementation of development programs and scientific research in Nepal and India. She has worked in rural communities with Eco-Himal and WATCH in Nepal; and Saciwaters, GLOCAL, and GIDR in India (e-mail: pranitabhushan@ yahoo.com).
RUTGERD BOELENS is a lecturer and researcher with the Irrigation and Water Engineering Group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. His research focuses on water rights, peasant and indigenous water control, legal pluralism, and interactive irrigation development, particularly in the Andean countries. Currently he coordinates the program on Water Law and Indigenous Rights (WALIR) on official and local water rights frameworks in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Mexico (comparative case: United States of America). He has published, among other things, Searching for Equity: Conceptions of Justice and Equity in Peasant Irrigation (with G. Dávila; Assen, Van Gorcum, 1998) and Water Rights and Empowerment (with P. Hoogendam; Lima, IEP / Van Gorcum, 2002) (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).