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prof.dr.ir. A.Y. Hoekstra (Arjen)

Full Professor in Water Management

About Me

Arjen Hoekstra is Professor in Water Management at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He holds an MSc degree, cum laude, 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 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 has been founder of the Water Footprint Network (2008), and co-initiator of the Water Footprint Research Alliance (2015).

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), The Water Footprint Assessment Manual (Earthscan, 2011), Globalization of Water (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) and Perspectives on Water (International Books, 1998). Hoekstra is Editor-in-Chief of Water, an interdisciplinary open-access journal covering all aspects of water, including water science, technology, management and governance.

Expertise

Water Footprint
Water
Water
Water
Crop
River Basin
Water
Water Footprint

Ancillary Activities

  • Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, University of Singapore
    visiting professor
  • Water Footprint Network
    Chair of the Supervisory Board of Water Footprint Network

Research

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'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:

Hoekstra is Editor-in-Chief of Water, an interdisciplinary open-access journal covering all aspects of water, including water science, technology, management and governance.

Publications

Recent
Hoekstra, A. Y. (2018). Global food trade and local water resources: Can we bridge the regulatory gap? . In T. Allan, B. Bromwich, T. Colman, & M. Keulertz (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Food, Water and Society Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190669799.013.9
Abdelkader, A., Elshorbagy, A., Tuninetti, M., Laio, F., Ridolfi, L., Fahmy, H., & Hoekstra, A. Y. (2018). National water, food, and trade modeling framework: The case of Egypt. Science of the total environment, 639, 485-496. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.05.197
Hoekstra, A. Y., Buurman, J., & van Ginkel, K. C. H. (2018). Urban water security: A review. Environmental research letters, 13. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326
Marston, L., Ao, Y., Konar, M., Mekonnen, M. M., & Hoekstra, A. Y. (2018). High-Resolution Water Footprints of Production of the United States. Water resources research, 54(3), 2288-2316. DOI: 10.1002/2017WR021923
Liu, W., Yang, H., Liu, Y., Kummu, M., Hoekstra, A. Y., Liu, J., & Schulin, R. (2018). Water resources conservation and nitrogen pollution reduction under global food trade and agricultural intensification. Science of the total environment, 633, 1591-1601. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.03.306
Liu, J., Mao, G., Hoekstra, A. Y., wang, H., Wang, J., Zheng, C., ... Yan, J. (2018). Managing the energy-water-food nexus for sustainable development. Applied energy, 210, 377-381. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.10.064
Hoekstra, A. Y. (2018). Global food and trade dimensions of groundwater governance. In K. G. Villholth, E. López-Gunn, K. Conti, & A. Garrido (Eds.), Advances in Groundwater Governance (pp. 353-366). CRC Press - Taylor & Francis group.
Nouri, H., Hogeboom, R., & Hoekstra, A. Y. (2017). Role Play on Globalization of Water Mangement. Abstract from 1st Virtual Water International Conference, VWIC 2017, Teheran, Iran, Islamic Republic of.
Hoekstra, A. Y. (2017). The water footprint of animal products: The meat crisis: Developing more sustainable and ethical production and consumption. In J. D'Silva, & J. Webster (Eds.), The Meat Crisis: Developing more Sustainable and Ethical Production and Consumption (2nd ed., pp. 21-30). (Earthscan Food and Agriculture). London: Routledge London.
Legesse, G., Ominski, K. H., Beauchemin, K. A., Pfister, S., Martel, M., McGeough, E. J., ... McAllister, T. A. (2017). BOARD-invited review: Quantifying water use in ruminant production. Journal of Animal Science, 95(5), 2001-2018. DOI: 10.2527/jas.2017.1439

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Education

Hoekstra has been teaching in a variety of subjects, including: water resources management, river basin management, hydrology and water quality, water footprint assessment, sustainable development, natural resources valuation, environmental systems analysis, and policy analysis.

At the University of Twente, Hoekstra currently provides an annual Bachelor course on Water (Nov-Jan), a Master course on Water Footprint Assessment (Sep-Oct) and an Honours Course on Flood Security (May-Jun).

Hoekstra has developed various educational tools, including the E-Learning Course on Water Footprint Assessment, the River Basin Game and the Globalization of Water Role Play. More info.

Teaching-related paper:

Hoekstra, A.Y. (2012) Computer-supported games and role plays in teaching water management, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16(8): 2985-2994. Download.

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Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W218
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W218
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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