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Arjen Hoekstra is Professor in Water Management at the University of Twente, and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He holds an MSc degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD degree in Policy Analysis, both from Delft University of Technology. Hoekstra has led a variety of interdisciplinary research projects and advised governments, civil society organizations, companies and multilateral institutions like UNESCO and the World Bank. Hoekstra received various awards, including an ERC Advanced Grant, Europe's most prestigious research grant.

Hoekstra pioneered in quantifying the water volumes virtually embedded in trade, thus showing the relevance of a global perspective on water use and scarcity. As creator of the water footprint concept, Hoekstra introduced supply-chain thinking in water management. With the development of Water Footprint Assessment he laid the foundation of a new interdisciplinary research field, addressing the relations between water management, consumption and trade. Hoekstra is founder of the Water Footprint Network (2008), co-initiator of the Water Footprint Research Alliance (2015) and founding member of the Planetary Accounting Network (2018).

Hoekstra's scientific publications cover a wide range of topics related to water, food, energy and trade and include a large number of highly cited articles and book chapters. His books were translated into several languages and include The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society (Routledge, 2013, 2019), The Water Footprint Assessment Manual (Earthscan, 2011) and Globalization of Water (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008). Hoekstra is Editor-in-Chief of Water, an interdisciplinary open-access journal covering all aspects of water, including water science, technology, management and governance.

Hoekstra has been teaching in a variety of subjects, including: sustainable development, water management, river basin management, hydrology, water quality, water footprint assessment, natural resources valuation, environmental systems analysis, and policy analysis. He developed various educational tools, including the River Basin Game and the Globalization of Water Role Play.

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Research Output 1998 2019

11 Downloads (Pure)

Country-specific dietary shifts to mitigate climate and water crises

Kim, B. F., Santo, R. E., Scatterday, A. P., Fry, J. P., Synk, C. M., Cebron, S. R., Mekonnen, M. M., Hoekstra, A. Y., De Pee, S., Bloem, M. W., Neff, R. A. & Nachman, K. E., 7 Aug 2019, In : Global environmental change. 101926.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

Environmental footprint family to address local to planetary sustainability and deliver on the SDGs

Vanham, D., Leip, A., Galli, A., Kastner, T., Bruckner, M., Uwizeye, A., Van Dijk, K., Ercin, E., Dalin, C., Brandão, M., Bastianoni, S., Fang, K., Leach, A., Chapagain, A., Van Der Velde, M., Sala, S., Pant, R., Mancini, L., Monforti-ferrario, F., Carmona-garcia, G. & 3 others, Marques, A., Weiss, F. & Hoekstra, A. Y., 1 Nov 2019, In : Science of the total environment. 693, 133642.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Sustainable development
sustainable development
4 Citations (Scopus)
31 Downloads (Pure)

Green-blue water accounting in a soil water balance

Hoekstra, A. Y., 1 Jul 2019, In : Advances in water resources. 129, p. 112-117

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
water budget
soil water
3 Citations (Scopus)
31 Downloads (Pure)

Land, water and carbon footprints of circular bioenergy production systems

Holmatov, B., Hoekstra, A. Y. & Krol, M. S., 1 Sep 2019, In : Renewable & sustainable energy reviews. 111, p. 224-235

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
14 Citations (Scopus)
35 Downloads (Pure)

Limits to the world’s green water resources for food, feed, fiber, timber, and bioenergy

Schyns, J. F., Hoekstra, A. Y., Booij, M. J., Hogeboom, R. J. & Mekonnen, M. M., 12 Mar 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 11, p. 4893-4898 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
water resource
water flow


2012 Media Award

Arjen Ysbert Hoekstra (Recipient), 7 Jan 2013


2012 Sustainable top-100

Arjen Ysbert Hoekstra (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Other distinction

2013 Media Award

Arjen Ysbert Hoekstra (Recipient), 6 Jan 2014


2013 Sustainable top-100

Arjen Ysbert Hoekstra (Recipient), 10 Oct 2013

Prize: Other distinction

2016 Media Award

Arjen Ysbert Hoekstra (Recipient), 9 Jan 2017


Activities 2008 2008

  • 1 Oral presentation

Water accounting: virtual water transfers and water footprints

Maite Martinez-Aldaya (Speaker), Arjen Ysbert Hoekstra (Speaker)
29 Oct 200831 Oct 2008

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Press / Media

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Arjen Y. Hoekstra & H. Prast


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other