I am a human geographer, with a specialization in the geography of urban space and water resources in the global South. As of 2012 I am a Senior Lecturer in Water Governance at UNESCO-Institute for Water Education (Deflt, Netherlands), and a guest researcher and lecturer in the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies (GPIO) at the University of Amsterdam.
My research interests combine both a focus on the conceptual and applied dimensions of water governance. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary research on urban waterscapes through urban political ecology and socio-hydrology.
I have worked both within and outside academia throughout my career, being involved in various capacities in the field of water supply, sanitation, and international development, as a: human geographer, international development policy researcher, research fellow, urban development program manager, aid advisor to donors, and civil service staff. All of my work has focused on combining issues of equitable access to water supply and sanitation to ecological sustainability, primarily in urban areas.
I am a guest lecturer for courses within the master programs of International Development Studies, and Human Geography at UvA, as well as course coordinator and lecturer within UNESCO-IHE's MSc Water Management program.
mw.dr. M.E. (Michelle) Kooy
Water Governance Chair Group
Department of Integrated Water Resources Management
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Westvest 7 Delft, The Netherlands
+31 15 215 1814
Water supply and sanitation infrastructure/technology and governance processes
Socio-natures and the urban hydro-social cycle
Socio-hydrology and human water systems in floodplains
Di Baldassarre, G., Kemerink, J., Kooy, M. Brandimarte, L. (forthcoming, 2014) Floods and Societies: the Spatial Distribution of Water-related Disaster Risk and its Dynamics, WIRES-Water.
Water supply and sanitation service delivery in fragile states
Political economy analysis for WASH sector in international development