Academic Primary Supervisors and Co-supervisors

Jampel Dell’Angelo
Prof. Jampel Dell’Angelo
Supervisor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for ESR 1 and co-supervisor for ESR 7 and ESR 10

Jampel Dell’Angelo is Associate Professor of Water Governance in the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is an environmental social scientist interested in the political economy of natural resources, in particular water. 

His research is on the multilevel dimensions of cooperation and conflict over freshwater resources. The focus of his research spans from socio-environmental dynamics of climate change adaption in community irrigation schemes of rural Kenya to global patterns of virtual water appropriation associated with transnational land investments. He employs mixed methods and builds on theoretical pluralism combining perspectives from the Bloomington School of Political Economy and the Barcelona School of Political Ecology. Believing in the necessity to conduct true interdisciplinary research to tackle complex water governance problems he draws on a socio-environmental synthesis approach.

Dell’Angelo is a Visiting Scholar and Member of the Ecohydrology Lab in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California, Berkeley and an Environmental Governance Affiliate Scholar at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), Maryland. 

François Molle
Prof. François Molle
Supervisor for ESR 2 and co-supervisor for ESR 14, at Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement

François Molle has 35 years of experience in research for development in the fields of irrigation systems and irrigated farming systems analysis, water resources development and management, and water governance and policy. His initial expertise shifted from small dam systems (Northeast of Brazil), to large scale irrigation management (Mali, then Thailand, Sri Lanka, Egypt), to the analysis of regional development (Southeast Asian and Nile Deltas), river basin governance and water policy (Southeast Asia, Jordan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Syria, Egypt), and groundwater governance (Middle-east and Northern Africa). François Molle is mostly interested in multi-disciplinary and systemic approach of irrigation systems, aquifers and river basins, governance and policy analysis, and in the interaction between societies, technology and the environment. He is the co-editor of Water Alternatives.

Maria Cristina Rulli
Prof. Maria Cristina Rulli
Supervisor at Politecnico di Milano, for ESR 3

Maria Cristina Rulli is Professor of Hydrology at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Her research focuses on the mutual interaction between hydrological processes and humanity. She has investigated the effects of anthropogenic and natural disturbances such as land use change, climate change, forest fires, and new infrastructures on both the hydrological response and sediment yield of a variety of watersheds at different spatial and temporal scales. Recently, she has been investigating the impact of climate change, urbanization, deforestation, land degradation, population growth, changes in food consumption, changes in energy policies on the management of water and other natural resources. Her work has analyzed the effect of environmental externalities, interdependencies and teleconnections on natural resource availability. In particular, she has focused on the emergent phenomenon of Large Scale Land Acquisition (LSLA) and its implication for water, energy and food security. Her work has helped to define and quantify the global phenomenon of “water grabbing” and explored its impacts on water governance, rural livelihoods, and the emergence of water conflicts.  She is currently investigating global water and food security and environmental sustainability issues using the Food-Energy-Water Nexus perspective. She is studying the nexus existing between hydrological risk and food security. Specifically, she is analyzing the direct effects of hydrologic extremes (e.g., floods, droughts, landslides, hurricanes, typhoons) on food production and availability and the cascades effects on conflicts and human migrations occurrence. Her most recent research concentrates on the nexus between nutritional security and environmental resources especially water. In particular, focusing on food related diseases she is investigating if the available natural resources are able to meet sustainable diets helping to contrast food based diseases. 

Nicholas Othieno Oguge
Prof. Nicholas Othieno Oguge
Supervisor at University of Nairobi, for ESR 4 and co-supervisor for ESR 15

Nicholas Oguge is a Professor of Environmental Policy at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy (CASELAP), University of Nairobi. He is an Expert with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services African Regional Assessment, a Trustee at the African Conservation Centre (ACC), the founding President of the Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ESEA), and a member of the Editorial Board, African Journal of Ecology. He has interest on a wide range of sustainability issues including water-energy-food nexus. He was a member of Ministerial Task Force on Climate Change Policy and Bill (2013), and the Team Leader in the revision of National Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy (2017) in Kenya. He has published widely on environmental governance and sustainability, and co-authored journal articles, book chapters and technical guides around water governance.

Andrea Castelletti
Prof. Andrea Castelletti
Supervisor at Politecnico di Milano, for ESR 5

Andrea Castelletti is a  professor  at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and a senior scientist at ETH Zurich. He received an MSc degree in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Information Technology from Politecnico di Milano in 1999 and 2005. He is the head of the Environmental Intelligence Lab at Politecnico di Milano.

Dr. Castelletti research interest includes water systems planning and control under uncertainty and risk, decision-making for complex engineering systems, big environmental data analytics and smart sensing, information theory and selection for environmental decision making. He is leading a group with 4 post-docs, 5 PhD students and 3 research associates, and he is involved in a number of national and international projects as coordinator or principal investigator.

Dr. Castelletti  is co-author of two international books on integrated water resources management, and more than 150 publications in international journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He is Associate Editor of Water Resources Research, the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Environmental Modelling and Software, and Socio-environmental System Modelling.

Dave Huitema
Prof. dr. Dave Huitema
Supervisor at Wageningen University, for ESR 6 and ESR 9 and co-supervisor for ESR 2

Dr. Dave Huitema is Professor of Environmental Policy at the Netherlands Open University and Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Wageningen University.

Huitema and his group of colleagues focus on the adaptability of policy systems. For policy systems to be adaptable, learning needs to take place and agency needs to be developed to translate learning in policy change. This is why the team is analyzing for example the role of experiments, evaluation, and entrepreneurs in learning and policy innovation.

Currently, Huitema fulfills several academic roles. He is the chair of the Public Administration and Policy Group at the Wageningen University & Research, vice-chair of the Department of Science of the Faculty of Management, Science and Technology at the Netherlands Open University (OU), member of the Research Committee of the latter Faculty, and he is one of the coordinators of the OU research program on Safety and the City. Huitema is member of the Governing Board of the Dutch National Research School for the Environmental Sciences (SENSE, representing the NL Open University), and he is a member of the editorial board of various academic journals (including "Ecology and Society" and “Global Environmental Change”).

Miguel Angel Esteve
Prof. Miguel Angel Esteve
Supervisor at Fundacion Nueva Cultura del Agua, for ESR 7

Miguel Angel Esteve Selma is professor of Ecology at University of Murcia  , co-coordinator of the Sustainability Observatory and member of the Expert Commission of the Regional Observatory of Climatic Change in Murcia since its start in 2007. His main research lines include wetlands, ecology and water resources in arid environments,  integrated management of coastal areas and coastal lagoons, effects of climate change on biodiversity of Mediterranean ecosystems, dynamic modelling of socio-ecological systems, particularly in arid systems and practical approaches to science-policy interface. He has leaded or participated in more than 40 research projects, including European projects dealing with coastal lagoons and their watersheds. He has more than 160 scientific publications on these topics.

Rutgerd Boelens
Prof. Rutgerd Boelens
Supervisor at Universiteit van Amsterdam, for ESR 8

Rutgerd Boelens is Professor of ‘Water Governance and Social Justice’  at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and Professor ‘Political Ecology of Water in Latin America’ with CEDLA, University of Amsterdam. He also is Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Peru and the Central University of Ecuador. He held the 2013-2014 Chair ‘Territorial Studies’ with the Mexican Science Foundation and COLSAN. He coordinated the international Water Law and Indigenous Rights alliance WALIR, and several large water governance and environmental justice research programs. Currently he directs the international Justicia Hídrica/Water Justice alliance ( His research focuses on political ecology, water rights, legal pluralism, water cultures and cultural politics, governmentality, hydrosocial territories, and social mobilization, mainly in Latin America and Spain.

Maria  Kaika
Prof. Maria Kaika
Supervisor at Universiteit van Amsterdam, for ESR 10

Maria Kaika holds a PhD from Oxford University, and an MA in Architecture and Planning from the National Technical University of Athens. She is Fellow of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2019/20), and Chair in Urban Regional and Environmental Planning, at the University of Amsterdam. She has taught at the Universities of Oxford (tenured), Manchester (tenured) Paris Est (LATTS), KULeuven, University of London and TU Vienna. Her international academic roles include: panel member of the European Research Council (ERC SH2), high level foreign expert of the Belgian Science Policy Office in Humanities, Chief co-Editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. (2010-2017), elected Professor of the City of Vienna (2013).  Her research focuses on three interrelated themes: urban political ecology, cities crisis and land financialization, and urban radical imaginaries. She has been awarded funding from national and international research councils including the British Academy, EU Frameworks, and Marie Curie ITN. Maria Kaika is author of many academic articles and books including: City of Flows: Modernity, Nature and the City (2005; Routledge, New York) In the Nature of Cities: urban political ecology and the metabolism of urban environments (2006; Routledge, London with N Heynen and E Swyngedouw)  The political ecology of Austerity (2020 Routledge London, with R Calvario and G Velegrakis).

Jens Newig
Prof. Jens Newig
Supervisor at Leuphana Universitat Luneburg, for ESR 11 and co-supervisor for ESR 6

Dr Jens Newig is full Professor of Governance and Sustainability at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany. He is member of the Faculty of Sustainability and of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and director of Leuphana’s Institute for Sustainability Governance (INSUGO). A geo-ecologist by training with a doctoral degree in Law and an Habilitation in political science and systems science, Jens is now engaging in inter- and transdisciplinary governance research. Building on research projects funded inter alia by the European Research Council or the German Research Foundation, Jens and his team have published widely on issues of water governance, participatory, collaborative and globalized environmental and sustainability governance, aspiring produce but also to cumulate evidence in the field.

Dustin Garrick
Prof. Dustin Garrick
Supervisor at University of Oxford, for ESR 12 and co-supervisor for ESR 13
Dr Dustin E. Garrick is an associate professor of global water policy at the University of Waterloo based in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability and the Water Institute. He is also a research fellow at Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford, where he has been teaching since 2011. Dr Garrick has expertise in water and environmental governance with a focus on property rights, institutions and markets. He has twenty years of experience in environmental management with a focus on markets and governance innovations to address resource scarcity and sustainability challenges. In this work, he is interested in the evolution of conflict and cooperation over water and other shared natural resources in the context of climate change, biodiversity loss and rapid urbanisation. His approach is multi-disciplinary, spanning public policy, geography and institutional economics, and anchored in field-based and comparative research across a network of observatories which track long-term changes in natural resource conflicts and institutional responses. This work seeks to advance collective action theory and contribute to our understanding of common pool resource governance. His current research examines the impact of urbanisation on water conflict and cooperation with an emphasis on competition between cities and agriculture for water. He is also examining the evolution and impact of market-based approaches to govern the commons, with a particular interest in the role of informal water markets and their political economy. He has extensive expertise at the interface of science, policy and enterprise, serving as an invited speaker at leading universities and expert advisor for the World Bank, OECD, corporations, governments and non-profits. In 2018, the American Association for the Advancement of Science selected Dr. Garrick as a Leshner Fellow of Public Engagement. He also co-founded a global initiative on water markets with the World Bank Water Practice and has served on many international committees, including the Global Water Partnership/OECD task force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth, the Valuing Water Initiative for the UN/World Bank High Level Panel on Water and the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership. He has been a Fulbright Scholar (2010-11) in Australia and was the 2018 recipient of the Sustainable Water Management Prize from the Botin Foundation in Spain.
Margreet Zwarteveen
Prof. Margreet Zwarteveen
Supervisor at Universiteit van Amsterdam, for ESR 13 and co-supervisor for ESR 5

Margreet Zwarteveen is Professor of Water Governance at IHE-Delft and the University of Amsterdam. Trained as both an irrigation engineer and a social scientist, Margreet is interested in water allocation policies, technologies and practices, and the knowledge that justify or inform these. She focuses her research and education on questions of (gender-) equity and justice. In her work, Margreet favours inter-or transdisciplinary approaches, seeing water flows and distributions as the outcome of interactions between natures, technologies and people. Margreet currently is a FIAS (French Institute for Advanced Studies) Fellow in Montpellier, to work on a project called “Caring water practices and practicing water care”. She is also the project leader of a large international research network T2SGS: Transformations to Groundwater Sustainability (funded by the Belmont-Norface Programme on Transformations to Sustainability) to study and learn from bottom-up initiatives to protect or share groundwater.

Peter  Mollinga
Prof. Peter Mollinga
Supervisor at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, for ESR 14

Peter Mollinga is Professor of Development Studies, at the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. His research interests are: 1) water and development; 2) the dynamics of agriculture and environmental resources management; 3) interdisciplinarity in efforts at ‘integrated’ natural resources management and governance. His geographical focus is Asia, particularly South Asia and Central Asia. He was trained as an irrigation engineer at Wageningen University, the Netherlands; his Masters dissertation was on small scale irrigation management in the Senegal river valley; his PhD is on irrigation water management in South India. He completed his Habilitation in Development Sociology at the University of Bonn, Germany. Since 2010 he is Professor of Development Studies at SOAS University of London, UK, where he also initiated the Centre for Water and Development.

Robert Hope
Prof. Robert Hope
Supervisor at University of Oxford, for ESR 15 and co-supervisor for ESR 4

Professor Rob Hope is Director of the Water Security Initiative at the School of Geography and the Environment, Director of the Water Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and Lead of the Smart Water Systems group (with Engineering Science). His research interests focus on water policy, poverty and economics, largely in Africa and Asia. He is Director of the REACH programme, a member of ESRC’s International Development Expert Group for the Global Challenges Research Programme, and is a member of an expert consultative group on global monitoring and WASH affordability convened by UNICEF and the WHO. In 2018, the Smart Water Systems’ group won the inaugural University of Oxford’s Vice Chancellor’s Innovation Award for the ‘smart handpumps’project. He has won competitive research grants from the UK Research and Innovation (NERC, ESRC), DFID, UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank, the Skoll Foundation and the Gates Foundation. He teaches on the MSc Water Science, Policy and Management and supervises a small group of outstanding DPhil/PhD students. He is a founding Trustee of Water Services Maintenance Trust Fund in Kenya and is co-Director of Oxwater Ltd.

Aaron Wolf
Prof. Aaron Wolf
Co-supervisor for ESR 1, at Oregon State University

Aaron T. Wolf, PhD is a professor of geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, USA, whose research and teaching focus is on the interaction between water science and water policy, particularly as related to conflict prevention and transformation. A trained mediator/ facilitator, he directs the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation, through which he has offered workshops, facilitations, and mediation in basins throughout the world.  He is the author, most recently, of The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict.

Paolo D’Odorico
Prof. Paolo D’Odorico
Co-supervisor at University of California Berkeley, for ESR 3

My research focuses on the role of hydrological processes in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. Through the analysis of the soil water balance I have highlighted important nonlinearities in the coupling between soil moisture dynamics and plant water stress, biogeochemical cycling, land-atmosphere interactions, plant community composition, and soil susceptibility to wind erosion.  Using field observations and process-based models, I am investigating new mechanisms of desertification and factors contributing to the resilience of the desert margins. Our group's work has highlighted the role played by positive feedbacks with the physical environment on the resilience of savannas, dry tropical forests, desert shrublands, freshwater wetlands, mangrove swamps, and seagrass meadows. Our work has also shown how environmental noise may increase the complexity of ecosystem dynamics by inducing new states, bifurcations, or pattern formation. I am currently investigating the globalization of water through virtual water trade and international land investments, and its impact on water equity, societal resilience, environmental stewardship, and food security.

Andrea Gerlak
Prof. Andrea Gerlak
Co-supervisor at University of Arizona, for ESR 8

Andrea K. Gerlak is Professor at the School of Geography, Development & Environment (SGDE) and Research Professor at Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, at the University of Arizona.

Her research focuses on institutions for governing water resources. She examines cooperation and conflict around water, including questions of institutional change and adaptation to climate change in rivers basins, and human rights and equity issues in water governance.

Gerlak is a senior research fellow with the Earth System Governance Project, an international social science research alliance exploring political solutions and novel, effective governance mechanisms to address global environmental challenges. She recently served as a Lead Author on the Earth Systems Governance Science and Implementation Plan, which sets out the agenda for the next decade of earth system governance research.

She serves as a co-editor for the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, an international journal published by Taylor and Francis providing a forum for the critical analysis of environmental policy and planning. She also is a member of the editorial board for Anthropocene, a journal addressing the nature, scale, and extent of the influence that people have on Earth.

Nicolas Jager
Dr. Nicolas Jager
Co-supervisor for ESR 9

Nicolas Jager is a postdoctoral researcher at the research group on Ecological Economics at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. He is a trained political scientist and obtained a PhD at the interface between political science and sustainability science at Leuphana University Lüneburg. His work comprises various topics including environmental governance, water resource management, climate adaptation, and public participation. More information here.

Sergio Villamayor-Tomas
Dr. Sergio Villamayor-Tomas
Co-supervisor at Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, for ESR 11

Sergio Villamayor-Tomas is currently Ramon y Cajal Research Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA-UAB), at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is also affiliated with the Ostrom´s Workshop (Indiana University) and the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems (WINS). His research areas are climate change adaptation, community-based natural resource management, and polycentric governance. His research approaches are institutional economics, political economy and political ecology. Specific topics include adaptation to droughts and other disturbances in the irrigation sector, bottom-up management solutions to the water-energy-food nexus, transboundary river management, and the interaction of social movements and commons management. He has carried fieldwork research in Spain, Colombia, Mexico, and Germany with grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the Canadian Social Science Research Council (SSHRC), the Latin-American Association of Environmental Economists (LACEEP), the BiodivERsA/FACCE-JPI network and the Government of Balearic Islands, among others.

Nadine Reis
Dr. Nadine Reis
Co-supervisor at El Colegio De México, for ESR 12

Nadine Reis is a human geographer and sociologist. She holds a PhD in development sociology from the University of Bonn, and is a research professor at the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies (CEDUA) at El Colegio de México. Her current research focuses on financialization and urbanization in Latin America, especially Mexico. She has worked in projects on water resources management, water supply and sanitation, and land, agriculture and food security. She has published in The Journal of Peasant Studies, Globalizations, and Water Alternatives, among other journals.

Jeroen Vos
Prof. Jeroen Vos
Co-supervisor at Wageningen University, for ESR 8

Jeroen Vos is Associate Professor in the department of Water Resources Management at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. As a water policy advisor he worked for a decade in Peru and Bolivia with different international development organizations. He was editor of two Spanish language books on water governance in Latin America and co-edited the Water Justice book published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. His current research interests are the dynamics and discourses of water use by agribusinesses in Latin America. He has published on the effects of virtual water trade and private water stewardship certification.

Michelle Kooy
Dr. Michelle Kooy
Co-supervisor at IHE-Delft for ESR 13

Dr. Kooy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Water Governance at IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education and a guest researcher in the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development at the University of Amsterdam. Dr. Kooy’s research and education is concerned with understanding and transforming the politics of urban environments. Trained as a Human Geographer, Dr. Kooy takes water, and water infrastructure, as entry points to understand the processes through which unequal environments in and outside of cities are made, and can be transformed for more socially just and ecologically sustainable outcomes. Dr. Kooy has 20+ years’ experience in environment and development research and practice, both in and outside of academia.

Leandro del Moral
Prof. Leandro del Moral

Professor at the Department of Human Geography at the University of Seville. Over the past 20 years he has been researching and evaluating decision-making processes related to water management in Andalusia, Spain and the European Union. In recent years he has directed several international research teams on water resources (SIRCH, ADVISOR, SWAN), with special attention to the methodological aspects for the analysis and diagnosis of socio-ecological systems, the identification of objectives and the definition of action strategies based in the involvement of the different social agents and active participation. He also currently works in the United States (University of Arizona, Tucson, partner of the VII European Framework Program for R&D) and Latin America, sharing the political ecology approach of Waterlat (Sao Paolo 2010, Mexico DC 2011, Buenos Aires 2012, Quito 2013 and Manizales 2104).

Johanna Koehler
Dr. Johanna Koehler
Co-supervisor for ESR1 and ESR15
Dr. Johanna Koehler is Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Governance at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research interests include sustainable water services and net-zero energy transitions. She investigates how risks and responsibilities can be reallocated in hybrid governance arrangements between the state, market, and communities, in particular in new professional water service delivery models emerging across sub-Saharan Africa. Theoretically, her work advances cultural theory of risk; methodologically, she uses qualitative and quantitative methods, including experiments, to understand social and institutional behaviours with regard to water governance, working with governments, the private sector, and end users. Through her focus on the design of the water utilities of the future she aims to contribute to the urgent transition to more sustainable societies. Johanna is also Honorary Research Associate at the School of Geography and the Environment and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. She is an Academic Editor of PLOS Water and also a member of the Amsterdam Young Academy. She is co-founder of a business model for maintaining drinking water infrastructure in marginalised areas of Kenya, FundiFix Ltd., which serves over 80,000 people with reliable water services.
George Morara Ogendi
Prof. George Morara Ogendi
Egerton University, collaborating with ESR12
Prof. George Morara Ogendi is currently a Professor of Environmental Health at the Department of Environmental Science, and Director, Graduate School at Egerton University, Kenya. He is a UNESCO Institute for Water Education graduate, a UNESCO-MAB Scholar, NFP Fellow, and Southern Regional Education Board Scholar. Further, George was a National Science Foundation Scholar and an ELP Fellow. Since 2009, George has been involved in mainstreaming various aspects Education for Sustainable Development into curricula for various training programs at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in Kenya. He is a member of the Global Regional Centre of Excellence Secretariat for the Mau Forest Complex that is coordinating conservation and Education for Sustainable Development activities in the region. He has over 28 years of professional teaching and research experience at university level. His teaching and research interests are in the field of water resources management, climate change, adaptation and mitigation, water accessibility, water quantity and quality, and water, sanitation and hygiene where he has published extensively. In January/February 2023, George was a Visiting Professor for Water and Sanitation at the Pan African University Institute for Water, Energy Science Including Climate Change, Tlemcen, Algeria. Previously, he has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Dar Salaam, Tanzania. George was a Strategic Partner and Consultant for Global Environment Facility-Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) project for the Lake Bogoria Landscape from 2018 to 2022. He helped community based organizations within the Lake Bogoria Landscape in Baringo County in attracting over one million dollars (USD 1 million) for various development projects. The funded projects addressed environmental conservation and livelihood improvement for the local communities as well as food security, nutrition, water and sanitation, ecotourism, climate change mitigation and adaptation, wildlife conservation, beekeeping, smart agriculture, pasture and livestock production. Prof. Ogendi is a Co-Founder of the Research Link International (a Non-Governmental Organization) whose focus is on water and sanitation, environmental conservation, and climate resilient livelihoods development, energy management, audit and efficiency. He is an Environmental Impact Assessment Expert and has competencies in natural resources governance and conflict management; community development in post conflict areas, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. He has vast experience on transboundary water issues having served as a consultant for IGAD’s Inland Water Resources Management Programme project from 2014 to 2016. Further, he has extensive consultancy and research experience on household water handling practices, sanitation, hygiene and disease prevalence in low-income urban settlements.

Non-academic Co-supervisor

Nuria Hernández-Mora
Dr. Nuria Hernández-Mora
Co-supervisor at FNCA for ESR 2

Nuria Hernández-Mora is a senior water policy expert. She has a PhD in Geography from the University of Seville (Spain, 2015) and MS degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001) and Cornell University (1995) in natural resources policy and administration. She has over 20 years of experience in research and consultancy focused on water policy evaluation and design, institutional analysis, water economics, public participation and drought management. She has collaborated with non-profit organizations, universities and research institutions, local, regional and national administrations, the European Commission and the World Bank. She is the author or co-author of over 80 publications related to different aspects of water governance.

Julia Martinez-Fernandez
Dr. Julia Martinez-Fernandez
Co-supervisor at Fundacion Nueva Cultura del Agua, for ESR 7
Julia Martínez, executive director of FNCA and Phd in Biology (University of Murcia) is an ecologist with 25 years of research experience on dynamic modelling and simulation of socio-ecological systems, particularly focusing on arid zones, the social, environmental and economic interactions in irrigated systems, the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, the ecology of water-related systems and the integrated water management at basin level. She has coordinated or participated in around 25 national and international research projects on these topics, combining different methodological approaches, such as dynamic system modelling, the development of sustainability indicators and scenario and policy analysis. She is the author or co-author of more than 140 scientific publications on these issues. She also has 30 years of experience as an activist on environmental and water issues and is founding member of different environmental NGOs and citizen initiatives. More information on Julia’s research work at ResearchGate
Violeta Cabello
Dr. Violeta Cabello
Co-supervisor at FNCA
Violeta Cabello is a multidisciplinar environmental scientist with a special focus on methodological development for the analysis of social-ecological systems and water governance. She is particularly interested in the combination of quantitative, qualitative and participatory methods blending academic and non-academic knowledge. She is a Juan de la Cierva fellow at the Basque Center for Climate Change working on knowledge co-production about the collapse of the Mar Menor Lagoon in collaboration with NeWAVE. She holds a PhD in Human Geography at the University of Seville, focused on integrated assessment of water governance in semi-arid watersheds. She has extensive experience working with grass-roots organisations like FNCA and is a trained facilitator at the Wikitoki Lab for Collaborative Practices. For more information on Violeta’s work see her Research Gate or Twitter: @vcabellov.
Rodolfo Armando Rivera Pascual
Co-supervisor at Municipalidad de Quetzal, for ESR 8

Director of territorial management of the municipality of Quetzaltenango

Nila  Ardhianie
Nila Ardhianie
Co-supervisor at AMRTA, for ESR 13
Diana Suhardiman
Dr. Diana Suhardiman
Co-supervisor at KITLV, for ESR 14
Cliff Nyaga
Cliff Nyaga
Co-supervisor at FundiFix, for ESR 15

Cliff Niaga has nine years of work experience in urban and rural water services delivery in Kenya and leads the incubation of FundiFix into a sustainable social enterprise.

Mrs. Nynke Schaap & Ms. Jolijn Posma
Mrs. Nynke Schaap & Ms. Jolijn Posma
Co-supervisors at ARCADIS, for ESR 5 and 9
Arcadis the Netherlands has a large group of people dedicated to water and the environment in various ways. Projects conducted from Arcadis the Netherlands include nature-based solutions (like the execution of the Water Framework Directive for the Netherlands’ biggest rivers), policy support and evaluations (like the evaluation of recent droughts in the Netherlands for the Dutch Ministry), integrated flood protection (like the Dutch program covering around 1.300 kilometers dikes, HWBP, and New York City's East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, and many more both in the Netherlands as well as elsewhere in the world). Water Governance is a key theme in Arcadis’ projects and approaches. Jolijn and Nynke are both active in this field. Nynke is working as an environmental and social governance consultant and project leader. She holds a MSc in Environmental Management and Communication and a BA in Arabic Language and Culture. Nynke is involved in projects related to water governance and management in the roles of project leader, stakeholder engagement consultant and policy and strategic planning specialist/editor. In the latter role, she mostly works on environmental (and social) impact assessments. She had a leading role in the stakeholder engagement of a large Water Framework Directive program for the Meuse river, and she has been involved in several water security projects. Besides the project work, Nynke coordinates a Community of Practice for international water and environment experts based in the Netherlands. This also includes strategic advice and support on working internationally. Finally, whenever Nynke has the chance, she steps in as facilitator and capacity building consultant. Jolijn is working as project leader and team manager in water governance, environmental strategy, and economics. She holds a MSc in International Economics & Business as well as a MSc in Environmental Sciences with a major in Integrated Water Management. Jolijn is involved in different projects related to water governance, management, and climate adaptation, both with a national and international scope. Among these are strategic planning, water governance, economic analyses environmental impact assessments, and capacity building. Jolijn has a drive to integrate complex questions by engaging stakeholders and analyzing risks, water systems, financial systems and opportunities related to sustainability and the environment. Between 2018 and 2020, Jolijn had a coordinating role within the theme’s governance and climate adaptation for the Global Cities Network. And she is coordinator of the capacity building component of the Shelter Program, together with UN Habitat, on climate resilience.