​Rens de Man


Rens de Man specializes in social problems around land and water use, food security, natural resources, sustainable development and nuclear security.

In addition to his research work at the Institute, Rens works as a senior advisor for the Water Partner Foundation, an independent non-profit organization established in The Hague in 2008. The Water Partner Foundation focuses on international dissemination of knowledge and experiences with regard to good governance and sustainable development of water resources and the environment.

Drs. De Man has a multi-disciplinary background with a MS degree in Physical Geography. He acquired profound knowledge and skills in (mutual gains) diplomacy and negotiation to address social and environmental conflicts around the use of natural resources (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy/Wageningen University).

Drs. De Man has 10 years of professional experience on complex issues involving land and water use, building partnerships and seeking sustainable solutions to support environmental and social needs. His international work includes India, Costa Rica and Cambodia.

Drs. De Man is currently finalizing a Ph.D. on the Governance of Natural Resources at the Disaster Studies Group of Wageningen University, assigned by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).


Languages Spoken

  • Dutch
  • English

Regional Expertise/Focus

Middle East & North Africa, Southeast Asia

Current Projects

Completed: Water Conflicts in Yemen

Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab region and is faced with political instability. An acute water crisis looms over the…


Past Initiative: Water Diplomacy Consortium

Water management and the fair distribution of water is an issue of growing importance on the international agenda. Building on the internationally renowned Dutch…


Recent Work