IHE Delft International Graduate School for Water and Development

Sustainable water use is characterised by complex, so-called wicked, problems where traditional assumptions of causality and predictability may not apply. The fundamental importance of better connections between science, policy and society provides new demands on PhD graduates, who are increasingly expected to possess not only a deep knowledge of their own discipline, but are additionally capable of placing that knowledge in a wider understanding of societal needs.

To help meet these challenges, the IHE Delft International Graduate School for Water and Development has been established. The aim of the Graduate School is to create a vibrant and intellectually exciting research and development environment at the heart of the institute. The Graduate School supports the PhD candidates and the institute to contribute to the global challenges for sustainable water use.

The Graduate School is chaired by Professor Ken Irvine and informed by a PhD programme committee that includes academic staff from all departments and the Education Bureau, along with the PhD candidates themselves represented by a PhD Association Board Member.

At IHE Delft, around 90 PhD PhD candidates from around the world are brought together to participate in problem-focused and solution oriented research on water and development issues.

PhD Programme

Conducting research at IHE Delft is a unique experience. PhD candidates work together with other researchers and students – including around 20 post-docs and 200 MSc students from different countries – all dealing with topics related to water and the environment.

PhD candidates participate in problem-oriented research with relevance for development, by joining an existing research programme or by defining their own research topic within IHE Delft’s research themes. The PhD candidates address the global water agenda, and solve problems relevant to the water and environment sectors world-wide, as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals and other mandates from the international community.

This is often done in collaboration with the Institute’s vast network of research institutions throughout the world. IHE Delft’s PhD degrees are awarded jointly with a university. The degrees are highly valued and fully recognised in all parts of the world. The nominal time span of a PhD programme is four years.

IHE Delft is a member of the Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE). This Dutch research school focuses on both the natural sciences and socio-economic fields of environmental research. SENSE is accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW), and brings together excellent academic research groups from nine universities and research centres.

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