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

About Me

Freshwater is a renewable resource, but its availability is limited in time and space. It is also a global resource, since water is used to produce goods that are traded internationally.

Schyns' research and teaching activities focus on the management of freshwater resources with a multidisciplinary perspective. This involves assessing the water footprint of human consumption and production patterns to inform coherent policies on water, agriculture, energy and trade.

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


Earth & Environmental Sciences
River Basin
Water Availability
Water Footprint
Water Resource
Water Scarcity
Agriculture & Biology
Water Footprint


Cazcarro, I. , Schyns, J. F., Arto, I., & Sanz, M. J. (2022). Nations’ water footprints and virtual water trade of wood products. Advances in water resources, 164, [104188]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2022.104188
Schyns, J. F. , Hogeboom, R. J. , & Krol, M. S. (2022). Water Footprint Assessment: towards water-wise food systems. In C. J. Peters, & D. D. Thilmany (Eds.), Food Systems Modelling: Tools for Assessing Sustainability in Food and Agriculture (pp. 63-87). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-822112-9.00006-0
Jägermeyr, J., Müller, C., Ruane, A. C., Elliott, J., Balkovic, J., Castillo, O., Faye, B., Foster, I., Folberth, C., Franke, J. A., Fuchs, K., Guarin, J. R., Heinke, J., Hoogenboom, G., Iizumi, T., Jain, A. K., Kelly, D., Khabarov, N., Lange, S., ... Rosenzweig, C. (2021). Climate impacts on global agriculture emerge earlier in new generation of climate and crop models. Nature Food, 2(11), 873-885. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-021-00400-y
Matthews, K. B., Renner, A., Blackstock, K. L., Waylen, K. A., Miller, D. G., Wardell-Johnson, D. H., Juarez-Bourke, A., Cadillo-Benalcazar, J. , Schyns, J. F., & Giampietro, M. (2021). Old Wine in New Bottles: Exploiting Data from the EU’s Farm Accountancy Data Network for Pan-EU Sustainability Assessments of Agricultural Production Systems. Sustainability (Switzerland), 13(18). https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810080
Matthews, K. B., Blackstock, K. L., Waylen, K. A., Juarez-Bourke, A., Miller, D. G., Wardell-Johnson, D. H., Rivington, M., Hague, A., Fisher, D., Cadillo-Benalcazar, J. , Schyns, J. F., & Giampietro, M. (2020). Report on EU sustainability goals: insights from Quantitative Story Telling and the WEFE nexus. MAGIC (H2020–GA 689669) Project Deliverable 5.1. https://magic-nexus.eu/documents/deliverable-51-report-eu-sustainability-goals
Schyns, J. F., Oprel, J. , Holmatov, B. , Krol, M. S., & Verburg, C. (2020). Collaborative Gaming to Explore the Water-Land-Carbon-Food-Energy Nexus Challenges in the EU. Abstract from 10th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, iEMSs 2020, Brussels, Belgium.
Vanham, D., Medarac, H. , Schyns, J. F. , Hogeboom, R. J., & Magagna, D. (2019). The consumptive water footprint of the European Union energy sector. Environmental research letters, 14(10), 104016. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab374a

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands