Mr Andrew Allan’s research interests concern national governance of water resources, and include implementation of IWRM, flood management, participatory irrigation systems and the effectiveness of governance regimes. He has provided expert advice to the Government of Kazakhstan on improving the law affecting farmer-managed irrigation systems, and has developed a system of indicators to evaluate the implementation of governance in the context of climate change as part of BRAHMATWINN. He is the Dundee principal investigator on the GENESIS project on groundwater in Europe, and leads the legal contribution to the ACQWA project on the impact of climate change on river discharge and society.
Master in Geography and currently lectures at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. For years she has been working in issues related to sustainable development of the Brunca region (South of Costa Rica). From 1993 to 1999 she was the coordinator of the project assessing the management of the Terraba river basin (the case study under study), and since 2004 she has been the University representative in the Terraba river basin commission.
Giovanni Bidoglio is the Head of the Rural, Water and Ecosystem Resources Unit. He has more than 15 years of experience in experimental and modelling research on impacts induced by land- use on pollutant release and transport from point and diffuse sources. He is responsible for interfacing research activities of the Unit with EU policies on water and ecosystem protection. G. Bidoglio is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Hydrology. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications.
Professor Mike Bonell’s original research experience was in shallow groundwater hydrology, catchment process hydrology and rainfall climatology which contributed towards forest and land management issues in tropical Australia. Later multidisciplinary experience was gained whilst in UNESCO though the establishment and providing leadership of the global UNESCO HELP programme (67 basins), in addition to managing the UNESCO FRIEND programme, stimulating an integrated science technical programme (across surface water-groundwater- ecohydrology-use of isotope methods), working with NGOs in the global change and climate change research community.
Dr. Jetske Bouma, M.A. is a researcher in the field of environmental and development economics. Her main interests are in the field of behavioral and institutional economics and on research linking development and conservation, i.e. poverty reduction, natural resource management and institutional change. Jetske joined IVM in 2007, working on topics like community-based resource management, watershed development, integrated river basin management and the value of information for environmental management.
Fayçal Bouraoui is a soil hydrologist with experience in the field to large scale modelling of agrochemical and water transfer in the unsaturated and saturated zones, also through coupling of distributed models and GIS. His main research areas concern the development of modelling tools for predicting the transformation and transport of non-point source pollutants at the watershed scale. His work is also focusing on the parameterisation of hydrological models at different spatial scale.
Marius Claassen holds a PhD in ecological risk assessment and has been conducting research in water resource management for 17 years. His specific areas of interest include decision support systems and processes, the deployment of resources to support social and economic development and trans-boundary water resource management. Marius has held both scientific and managerial management positions at the CSIR and is currently the Research Group Leader for the Water Resource Governance Systems group.
Nikki Funke is a researcher in the Water Resource Governance Systems Group at the CSIR in Pretoria. She holds a Masters Degree in Political Science and has worked at the CSIR for the past three years, where she has been involved in a range of projects dealing with social, cultural and political factors that impact and shape environmental governance. In addition she has a particular interest in the relationship between the natural and social sciences, science communication, as well as in the theory and practice of evidence-based policy-making and strengthening the relationship between the science and policy domains in South Africa.
Gooch, G. (Co-ordinator)
Professor Geoffrey D. Gooch is a specialist in environmental policy analysis and political environmental communication. He has studied regional development (economic and political) and the communication of scientific knowledge and his research has focused on the ways that political and administrative cultures influence forms of organisation, the ways in which institutions and organisations interact, and how cognitive aspects, beliefs, norms and values influence the formulation and implementation of policies. Prof. Gooch was responsible for water policy analysis in the EU financed Mantra-East project and coordinated the EU River Dialogue project which developed methods for informed citizen participation in environmental management. Professor Gooch has published widely in the field of water and environmental policy, and has many years experience as a research project leader; he has played a leading role in many EU projects since the beginning of the 1990’s. From 1991-1996 he conducted research at the Department of Water and Environmental Studies.
Bruna Grizzetti is an environmental hydrologist with experience in the large scale modelling of agrochemical. She has been involved in the development of models to estimate the contribution of agriculture to nutrient fluxes in streams.
Ms Armelle Guignier is a researcher in the field of environmental law. She holds a post-graduate diploma in environmental law and her dissertation focused on indigenous people, she’s now completing a PhD on food and environmental securities in international law. She previously worked for a NGO in France doing environmental legal researches and studies. She’s a member of the IUCN Commission of Environmental law and of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy.
Dr. Dave Huitema, WP6 leader, specializes in public administration and policy. He joined IVM as a senior researcher in February 2002 and he currently is coordinator of the cluster Water Governance and Economics at that institute. He is interested in “Adaptive Governance” and has published extensively on public participation in environmental governance, policy change and learning, public policy instruments, and climate change. In the picture he is seen kayaking the dangerous waters of Costa Rica.
K.J.Joy has expertise in stakeholder analysis, conflict resolution and involving end users in water forums. He has a long experience working with grassroots organizations within the Krishna Basin and setting up farmers networks. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has been an activist-researcher for more than 20 years and has a special interest in people’s institutions for natural resource management both at the grassroots and policy levels. His other areas of interests include drought and drought proofing, participatory irrigation management, river basin management and multi-stakeholder processes, watershed based development, water conflicts and people’s movements. He was a Visiting Fellow with Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Environment and Development (CISED), Bangalore for a year and was a Fulbright Fellow with University of California at Berkeley.. He has participated in several initiatives including: 1) Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India; and 2) Forum for Watershed Research and Policy Dialogue which is a major collaborative initiative between three institutions, namely, SOPPECOM, ISEC, Bangalore and Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad. He is also involved closely with dissemination activities within the river basin through farmers support groups, using Participatory Resource Mapping.
Alexander Lopez with a Ph.D. from the University of Oslo, Norway is currently the director of the Institute for International Affairs. He has conducted extensive field work in the Brazilian Amazon, México and Central America on issues related to socio-environmental conflict resolution and the management of river basins. Currently he is a member of the Expert Group on Environment and Conflict Prevention (Division on Early Warning and Assessment, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), a member of the University Partnership for Transboundary Waters, and member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Environmental Change and Human Security Project. Aurora Hernández, Master in Geografy and Ph.D. Candidate of the Universidad Nacional. Has conducted substantial work in Central American border areas related to ecosystem management.
Karen Nortje is a Social Anthropologist, and is currently a senior researcher in the Water Resource Governance Systems Group at the CSIR in Pretoria. She holds a MA degree in Social Anthropology with the University of the Witwatersrand. Her expertise lies in understanding community organisation, working with local communities, and determining social and cultural impacts. Her research interests have led her into the arenas of land and restitution, community development, social ecology, community engagement, water and health, heritage and belonging, and gender and identity. Currently she is working on initiatives relating to Trans-disciplinary research strategies; Water resource management; Trans-boundary water initiatives; Gender & water; Effective science communication; and, he role of social science in conservation planning.
Suhas Paranjpe has expertise in water sector, alternative energy, stakeholder analysis, and spcial theory. He has a B.Tech (Chem) from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has actively participated in different movements like People’s Science Movement, Adivasi agricultural labourers’ movement, etc. He has participated as a core team member and consultant in many action research studies and pilot projects undertaken by Centre for Applied Systems Analysis in Development (CASAD) and Society for Promoting People’s Participation in Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM), Pune in the areas of participatory management of natural resources especially in the field of participatory irrigation management. For three years from 1996 to 1999 worked as a core team member of the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti (BGVS) in its watershed development project across the country. He has participated in several initiatives including: 1) Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India; and 2) Forum for Watershed Research and Policy Dialogue which is a major collaborative initiative between three institutions, namely, SOPPECOM, ISEC, Bangalore and Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR), Ahmedabad. He is also involved closely with dissemination activities within the river basin through farmers support groups, using Participatory Resource Mapping.
Dr Alistair Rieu-Clarke, LLB, LLM, PhD is a Senior Lecturer at the IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science, University of Dundee. Alistair is actively involved in a range of multi-disciplinary, international research collaborations largely centering around measuring the effectiveness of (transboundary water) governance regimes and designing participatory research methods in the context of water resources management. Such research activities include two EC FP6 funded projects, Brahmatwinn and STRIVER, as well as two EC FP7 projects called LiveDiverse and ACQWA; and involve case studies in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, India, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Vietnam. Through a collaboration with WWF-International and others, Alistair has also sought to raise awareness and promote the ratification of the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention; and has recently advised WWF-UK and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) on how they can best support the international architecture around transboundary water resources management. Alistair has published a monograph and various peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters, etc., related to international law and transboundary watercourses. Additionally, Alistair runs a postgraduate module on International Law of Water Resources, as part of the UNESCO Centre’s Water Law: Water Leaders Programme, and supervises a number of PhDs.
Maronel Steyn joined the CSIR in 2005 as a researcher in Water and Human Health in the Natural Resources and the Environment Unit of the Water Resources Competency Area. She has been actively involved in research for the past 7 years and is currently busy with her PhD in Environmental Health. Her experience includes health risk assessments, environmental epidemiology, drinking water treatment, and water pollution microbiology. She has been involved in projects funded by DWAF, WRC and the EU, developing guidelines for drinking water for organic chemicals, endocrine disrupting chemicals and their removal; water reclamation and reuse as well as epidemiological investigation into diarrhoea-related baby deaths and microbiological water quality
Ms. Yumiko Yasuda was a researcher and project assistant in the LiveDiverse project from 2009-2011. She is now a full-time PhD student working on the role of NGO’s in the Mekong region. Thanks for all your help, Yumiko, and good luck with your PhD studies!