Alex Fischer is a research affiliate with the Smith School on Enterprise and the Environment’s REACH Water Programme at Oxford University and faculty at the Environment, Peace and Security Program at the Earth Institute and Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN). Previously, he managed the Environment and Security and Fragile States program at CIESIN and was the Associate Director of the Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Earth Institute. He has worked with the Government of Haiti’s Office of E-Governance and National Center for Spatial Data to develop national spatial data systems linking planning and investment information with national facility inventories and development data indicators. He was the science coordinator for a comprehensive integrated development research program that assessed the southern region of Haiti’s progress towards the MDGs, including watershed and soil conditions as part of a coalition to address systemic risk. He also directed efforts to support the Government of Sierra Leone’s Environmental Protection Agency, establishing a GIS department and integrating spatial data tools into their ongoing workflows and programs. He received his MA from Columbia University and is a PhD candidate at Oxford University.