Dr. Patrick Huntjens is Senior Researcher for the water diplomacy initiative at the Institute. He tackles issues related to the governance, law, prevention and resolution of water-related disputes around the globe.
Dr. Huntjens has a multi-disciplinary background, including a Ph.D. (magna cum laude) in Complex System Sciences and Policy Sciences, and two Masters degrees in Biology and Political Science & International Relations (cum laude).
Before joining the Institute, Dr. Huntjens was Director of the Water Partner Foundation, a non-profit organisation established in The Hague. In recent years, Dr. Huntjens was leading several international projects on water diplomacy, water governance and climate change adaptation in the Middle East, South East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.
In the past 15 years, Dr. Huntjens has been working in 38 countries, assigned by a wide variety of clients, e.g. European Commission, United Nations, World Bank, National Governments of The Netherlands, Pakistan, Turkey, Kosovo, Vietnam, and several NGO’s. As such he has developed expertise and practical experience on (adaptive) water governance and institutions, water diplomacy and negotiations, international relations, participatory and strategic planning, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, adaptive and integrated water resource management, capacity building, and institutional strengthening.
Dr. Huntjens’ Water Management and Water Governance in a Changing Climate (2011) has been published in several languages, and has been endorsed by the 2009 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, Prof. Dr. Elinor Ostrom. The work strengthens the conceptual foundations and practical value of adaptive approaches to water management and water governance in a changing climate. On the basis of a broad comparative analysis of policies and practices in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, it focuses on the capacity of management regimes to cope with the two most common extreme weather events: floods and droughts.
Dr. Huntjens has also published many peer-reviewed articles in renowned international journals, a wide range of book chapters, consultancy reports, and policy reports and has made a number of media appearances.
Topical and Regional Expertise: Conflict Prevention; Water Governance; Water Diplomacy; Water Resources Management; Mediation;, Negotiation; Climate change; Climate Change Adaptation; Water security; Climate Security; water-food-energy nexus; Disaster Risk Reduction; Sustainable development; ecology; ecosystems; adaptive capacity; delta governance; resilience; Middle East; Africa; South East Asia; Australia; Europe; US; Palestine Territories; Israel; Jordan; Yemen; Vietnam; Thailand; India; Bangladesh; Pakistan; Rwanda; Uganda; South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kosovo.
- The Political Economy of Water Management in Yemen: Conflict Analysis and Recommendations
- Forms and foundations of action research
Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research
- Participation in climate adaptation in the Lower Vam Co River Basin in Vietnam
Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research
- Inside Story: Water Under Pressure
- Water Management and Water Governance in a Changing Climate: Experiences and Insights on Climate Change Adaptation in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia
Eburon Academic Publisher
- Special on water conflicts in Veja Magazine: The most precious resource to people
- Institutional Design Propositions for the Governance of Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector
Global Environmental Change
- Adaptive Water Management and Policy Learning in a Changing climate – A formal comparative analysis of eight water management regimes in Europe, Africa and Asia
Environmental Policy and Governance
- Beyond Boundaries: Learning to Adapt
- Climate Change Adaptation in European River Basins
Regional Environmental Change
- Integrating Self-Governance in Heavily Regulated Policy Fields: Insights from a Dutch Farmers’ Cooperative
Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning
- Preferred Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Lower Vam Co River Basin, Vietnam [PDF]
Long An Province, Vietnam
- Managing the Invisible: Understanding and Improving Groundwater Governance
The World Bank
- National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) for Kosovo [PDF]
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
- Cross-comparison of climate change adaptation strategies across large river basins in Europe, Africa and Asia
Water Resources Management
- Environmental Security Assessment of the Mekong River Basin
Institute for Environmental Security
- Nederland is droog, heel droog
Uitgesproken VARA (live TV-broadcasting)
- Wat zijn de gevolgen van de droogte in Nederland?
- Working Paper: Effectiveness of Multi-stakeholder Dialogues on Water – June 2015
- Working Paper: Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier for Human Disaster and Conflict – May 2015
- Policy Brief: Adaptive Delta Governance – May 2015
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