Mr. McCully is author of Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams (Zed Books, London, 1996; updated edition 2001), described by Booker Prize-winning Indian author Arundhati Roy as "a truly dazzling book." Silenced Rivers has also been published in Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin.
He has written numerous articles and reports and made many presentations at universities, conferences and other public events on issues connecting dams, human rights, riverine ecosystems, international development, climate change, energy and water policies. Mr. McCully was IRN's Campaigns Director from 1994 to 2005. He has worked on numerous campaigns to stop or reduce the impacts of destructive dams, and to promote better methods of meeting water and energy needs.
He was a member of the Steering Committee of the UN Environment Programme's Dams and Development Project, of the World Commission on Dams Forum, and of the group that oversaw the establishment of the World Commission on Dams. He is an advisory board member of EcoEquity, a US-based NGO that advocates for a just and effective global climate treaty, and of two Indian organizations, the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People and the Manthan Research Centre. Before joining IRN, Mr. McCully was co-editor of the UK journal The Ecologist, and editor of an information service for NGOs based in Uruguay. Mr. McCully, originally from Northern Ireland, has a Bachelorâ€™s degree in archaeology from the University of Nottingham, England.