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mw. dr. M.E. (Michelle) Kooy

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Governance and Inclusive Development

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Postbus 15629
    1001 NC Amsterdam
  • Profile

    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. 

  • Curriculum Vitae

    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



  • Publications

    Water supply and sanitation infrastructure/technology and governance processes

    • Kooy (forthcoming, 2014) 'Developing Informality: Jakarta's urban waterscape', Water Alternatives
    • M.Kooy and K.Bakker (2008) ‘Technologies of Government: Constituting subjectivities, spaces, and infrastructures in colonial and contemporary Jakarta’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 32(2):375-391. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2427.2008.00791.x/abstract
    • Bakker, K. and M.Kooy ( 2010) ‘Citizens without a City: The Techno-Politics of Urban Water Governance’, Chapter 5 in Beyond Privatization: Governance failure and the world's urban water crisis, K.Bakker. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100211920

    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 


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