dr.ir. J.F. Schyns (Joep)

Postdoctoral researcher

About Me

Mitigating the risks of water scarcity and water dependency in a sustainable manner, that is what my research aims to contribute to. I assess the water footprint of human consumption and production patterns, and analyze how this knowledge can be used to inform coherent inter-sectoral policies on water, agriculture, energy and trade, which lead to more sustainable and efficient use of water. I use Water Footprint Assessment methods and work with crop growth models (AquaCrop) and large spatiotemporal datasets to make global-scale, high-resolution, highly-disaggregated estimates of consumptive water use.

As coordinator of the water footprint statistics and publication databases for the Water Footprint Network, I am involved with knowledge dissemination to the network partners, which include businesses, NGOs, governments, and academia.

I received my PhD degree Cum Laude at University of Twente in 2018. I also hold a MSc degree Cum Laude and a BSc degree, both in Civil Engineering from University of Twente.


Water Footprint
Wood Products
Water Resource


Schyns, J., Booij, M. J., & Hoekstra, A. (2017). Water for wood products versus nature, food or feed. Abstract from EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria.
Schyns, J. F., & Hoekstra, A. Y. (2014). The water footprint in Morocco. (Value of Water Research Report; No. 67). Delft, the Netherlands: Unesco-IHE Institute for Water Education.

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I am involved with the MSc courses 'Tools for Water Policy Analysis' and 'Water Footprint Assessment' and supervise Civil Engineering students working on their MSc and BSc thesis.

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Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring (building no. 21), room W-204
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring  W-204
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands