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UNESCO-IHE's staff members are committed to bring water education, research and capacity development to a higher level. Together with its motivated PhD fellows, Alumni, Students and Partners UNESCO-IHE forms a strong knowledge network of water sector experts.

Staff in focus

Mick van der Wegen

Associate Professor of Estuarine Dynamics

Mick joined UNESCO-IHE in 1997 as a junior researcher, after he graduated from TU Delft. For the last three years he has also been working part-time at Deltares. “At first when I worked here, it was a family type of organization; you joined the family. There was a strong sense of community, with everyone taking care of each other and the students. It has now changed into a more professional Institute, with a greater and a higher level of academic output and quality. UNESCO-IHE always has had a pioneering role and I like this about the Institute. We are in a niche market of combining the needs of the Global South with our state-of-the-art research. This unique position is challenging and makes it worth working at UNESCO-IHE.”

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Jeltsje Kemerink - Seyoum

Senior Lecturer in Water Governance

Jeltsje recently won a research grant from the Geneva Water Hub. This builds partly further on her PhD research on water reform processes in Africa. Jeltsje is part of the Water Governance Chair Group and is involved in lecturing, supervision of students and research projects on agricultural water governance. ‘’What I like most is the diversity and richness of people with so many backgrounds who all have expertise in the water sector. You are involved in a mix of activities, from teaching and research to project management and networking with partner organizations.''

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PhD Fellows in focus

Mohanasundar Radhakrishnan

PhD fellow

I am a Civil Engineer from India and obtained my MSc degree in Municipal Water and Infrastructure at UNESCO-IHE in 2009. I started my PhD in 2013. My research focuses on the adaptation aspects in urban areas which reduces the flood risk in the context of changing climate and rapid urbanization. At UNESCO-IHE you have people and knowledge from all over the world with different expertise that enables learning from each other and expands ones personal and professional network. My future ambition is work on urban adaptation aspects in developing countries, especially in India though an action research approach that involves stakeholders on the ground, academics and policy makers. This mode of working will also help me to be in touch with the Institute to keep my knowledge up-to-date.

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Christophe Muanda

PhD fellow

Christophe Muanda is a holder of Master degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Water and Sanitation. He is curently working as WASH technical advisor and consultant engineer for an engineering company and lecturer and researcher at an university in South Africa. His PhD research focuses on understanding the relationship between sanitation users' practices and technologies in informal settlements and their impacts on access to sanitation. My ambition is to become a pro-poor sanitation activist whose mission is to advocate for universal access to improved sanitation for all and contribute to the ongoing sanitation crisis in Africa and the world. UNESCO-IHE not just an educational institution, but a family where staff and students are interacting in a friendly and supportive manner. This atmosphere has brought confidence on me and strength to fulfill my goals.

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PHD Fellows


UNESCO-IHE has provided post-graduate education to more than 14,500 water professionals from over 160 countries. They form the Institute’s alumni community, the largest global network of water professionals in the world. They are acquiring key positions, supporting the implementation of the global water agenda and improving the quality of life of their communities every day.

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Our students do not only study and share water-related knowledge, but also get to broaden their perspective on the wonders of each others' cultures, religions and beliefs.

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