PhD fellows


In my teaching years at Wageningen University, the University of Zimbabwe and IHE Delft I have worked with many talented and inspiring postgraduate students and PhD fellows. My current PhD fellows and PhD graduates are listed on this page, and links are provided to the published PhD theses (that in the Dutch system are open access). As can be seen, several PhD graduates have been co-supervised with colleagues from IHE Delft, TU Delft, Wageningen University and VU Amsterdam, including Hubert Savenije, Nick van de Giesen, Stefan Uhlenbrook, Huub Gijzen, Linden Vincent and Roy Brouwer.

PhD graduates

Current PhD fellows

  • Hermen Smit: Institutional analysis of water resources management in the Blue Nile river basin, Ethiopia and Sudan.
  • Rahel Muche Kassa: The gendered nature of land and water management in the Blue Nile.
  • Aline Saraiva: Risk-based operational water management for the Incomati River Basin (with Stefan Uhlenbrook).
  • Reem Fikri M.O. Digna: Optimal operation of the multi-reservoir system in the Eastern Nile basin considering water and sediment fluxes (with Stefan Uhlenbrook).
  • Tobias Renner: Transboundary river basin management (with Toine Smits, Radboud University) (part-time).
  • Christiana Metzker Netto: Water knowledge creation in networks.
  • Fernanda de Souza Braga: The impact of the dictatorship period in managing conflicts over water use in Brazil and Chile
  • Tesfay G. Gebremichael: Modelling the impact of catchment management dynamics on the hydrological process in the headwaters of Tekeze-Atbara River Basin
  • Mohammad Gharesifard: Mapping the behavioural determinants of ICT-based citizen participation in water management
  • Jonatan Godinez Madrigal: Water allocation dilemma between two economic heartlands: the case study of Los Altos-León-Guadalajara interbasin water transfer
  • Annelieke Duker: Evaluation of the robustness of irrigated farming systems along ephemeral rivers in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe (with Charlotte de Fraiture)
  • Anjana Ekka: Economics of river ecosystem – a hydroeconomic modelling approach to river basin management

Hwange waterhole, Zimbabwe (photo: Jochem van der Zaag)


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