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19982019
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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 lived in Europe, Asia and Africa and has a broad international network. He 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

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
File
bioenergy
timber
water resource
food
water flow
1 Citation (Scopus)

Monthly blue water footprint caps in a river basin to achieve sustainable water consumption: The role of reservoirs

Zhuo, L., Hoekstra, A. Y., Wu, P. & Zhao, X., 10 Feb 2019, In : Science of the total environment. 650, Part 1, p. 891-899 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

water footprint
Catchments
river basin
Rivers
Water
2 Citations (Scopus)

Water scarcity alleviation through water footprint reduction in agriculture: The effect of soil mulching and drip irrigation

Nouri, H., Stokvis, B., Galindo, A., Blatchford, M. L. & Hoekstra, A. Y., 2019, In : Science of the total environment. 653, p. 241-252

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
water footprint
mulching
drip irrigation
Irrigation
Agriculture

Developing water footprint caps for the world’s basins to stay within the Planetary Boundary for freshwater use

Hogeboom, H. J., de Bruin, D., Krol, M. S. & Hoekstra, A. Y., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther research output

Effects of changes in land use and climate on water availability of a tropical catchment

Marhaento, H., 22 Feb 2018, 1 ed. Enschede: Ipskamp Printing. 136 p.

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UTAcademic

Open Access
File
water availability
land use change
catchment
land use
climate

Prizes

2012 Media Award

Arjen Y. Hoekstra (Recipient), 7 Jan 2013

Prize

2012 Sustainable top-100

Arjen Y. Hoekstra (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Other distinction

2013 Media Award

Arjen Y. Hoekstra (Recipient), 6 Jan 2014

Prize

2013 Sustainable top-100

Arjen Y. Hoekstra (Recipient), 10 Oct 2013

Prize: Other distinction

2016 Media Award

Arjen Y. Hoekstra (Recipient), 9 Jan 2017

Prize

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