Helen Lackner

Researcher, writer

Helen Lackner is a visiting fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations and a research associate at SOAS.  Her most recent book is Yemen in Crisis: the road to war (Verso 2019). She regularly contributes to Open Democracy, Arab Digest, Oxford Analytica, Orient XXI, among others. She lived in Yemen for more than 15 years in the past half century. Yemen’s environmental issues, particularly climate change and water are among her main interests.


Solar-Powered Irrigation in Yemen: Opportunities, Challenges and Policies

April 29, 2021 Policy Briefs
This study examines the current trend of solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS) use in Sana’a Basin, identifying the pros and cons of this approach. It presents the perspectives of farmers and experts in terms of what is happening and what should be done to maximize the benefits and minimize the negative impacts of SPIS. The incidence of SPIS installation is increasing at a rate of more…