Juan Carlo Intriago Zambrano


Juan Carlo is a transdisciplinary PhD candidate from Ecuador. He bears a strong affinity for research focused on the Global South. He is a TU Delft | Global Initiative fellow and ambassador.

He obtained in 2007 a BArch (best graduate honours) from San Gregorio University. He earned in 2017 an MSc in Urban Environmental Management (cum laude) from Wageningen University & Research. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Water Management at TU Delft.


Juan Carlo’s current research aims to investigate the uptake of sustainable irrigation technologies in smallholder farming communities of Nepal and Indonesia. By using Q methodology, he has explored smallholder discourses on the adoption of the novel hydro-powered water pump known as the Barsha Pump. He focuses now on studying innovative business models that can facilitate the sustained adoption of similar technologies while effectively dealing with adoption barriers.

Current research:

Previous research:

EUREKA Eurostars project 113393: SHIFT! - Save Water, Save Energy, Save Cost! Sustainable Hydropowered Irrigation From Integrated Turbine Pump

The project aims to develop and test the Integrated Turbine Pump (ITP). This innovative hydro-powered water pump relies on the potential energy of small drops in canals and rivers to create water pressure for agricultural irrigation. Thus, the ITP does not require any external input to operate such fossil fuels or grid electricity.

Juan Carlo Intriago Zambrano

Monday to Friday