Jenniver Sehring

Senior Lecturer in Water Governance and Diplomacy


Jenniver Sehring is a Political Scientist who joined IHE Delft in 2018 as Senior Lecturer in Water Governance at Diplomacy at the Department of Water Governance. Her research and teaching focus on water governance at local, national and transboundary level and on institutional arrangements as well as practices of water cooperation and diplomacy. She is also interested in exploring how gender relations and affective aspects like emotions shape water politics. She coordinates the master programme “Water Cooperation and Diplomacy”, a joint programme of IHE Delft with the University of Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica and Oregon State University in the US, as well as the DUPC2 Water Diplomacy Programme.

Jenniver is an editor of the Central Asian Journal of Water Research (CAJWR), and a visiting scientist at the International Forest Policy Research Group at the University of Helsinki.

From 2009 to 2018, she worked for different organisations engaged in supporting water cooperation, including the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the German Federal Foreign Office, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). In these positions, she analysed and advised on security-related aspects of water and environment, and was involved in several water governance and diplomacy programmes, particularly in Central Asia.

Before that, Jenniver worked at several German universities. At the Centre for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) of the University of Giessen, she was a junior researcher in an interdisciplinary project on water shortage, water management and water conflicts in Central Asia. Subsequently, she was a lecturer at the Institute of Political Science of the FernUniversitat in Hagen and assistant professor in comparative politics at the University of Wurzburg (Germany).

Jenniver studied Political Science and Social Anthropology at the University of Mainz (Germany). She completed her PhD in 2008 at the FernUniverstat in Hagen with a thesis on the politics of water institutional reforms in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.



Sehring, Jenniver, Rozemarijn ter Horst & Margreet Zwarteveen (eds.) (2023): Gender Dynamics in Transboundary Water Governance. Feminist Perspectives on Water Conflict and Cooperation. Routledge.

Sehring, Jenniver & Alfred Diebold (2012): From the Glaciers to the Aral Sea: Water Unites. Berlin: Trescher Verlag.

Sehring, Jenniver (2009): The Politics of Water Institutional Reform in Neopatrimonial States. A Comparative Analysis of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.


Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters (selected) 

     Sehring, Jenniver (2021): Masculinity and Water Diplomacy in Central Asia. In: Matthias Schmidt, Rune Steenberg,Michael Spies, Henryk Alff (eds.) Beyond Post-Soviet: Layered Legacies and Transformations in Central Asia Geographica Augustana, 7-16

Sehring, J. (2020). Unequal distribution: Academic knowledge production on water governance in Central Asia. Water Security9, 100057.

Sehring, Jenniver, Dinara R. Ziganshina, Marton Krasznai and Thijs Stoffelen (2020): "International actors and initiatives for sustainable water management” In: The Aral Sea Basin: Water for Sustainable Development in Central Asia. Edited by Stefanos Xenarios, Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, Manzoor Qadir, Barbara Janusz-Pawletta, Iskandar Abdullaev, Routledge: p. 155-175.

Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Maria Brockhaus, Jenniver Sehring, Monica di Gregorio, Samuel Assembe-Mvondo, Andrea Babon, Melaku Bekele, Vanessa Benn, Maria Fernanda Gebara, Hermann W. Kambire, Felicien Kengoum, Cynthia Maharani, Mary Menton, Moira Moeliono, Robert Ochieng, Naya Sharma Paudel, Thuy Thu Pham, Guy Patrice Dkamela & Almeida Sitoe (2019): What drives policy change for REDD+? A qualitative comparative analysis of the interplay between institutional and policy arena factors. Climate Policy.

Xenarios, Stefanos, Abror Gafurov, Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, Jenniver Sehring, Sujata Manandhar, Chris Hergarten, Jyldyz Shigaeva, Marc Foggin (2018): Climate change and adaptation of mountain societies in Central Asia: uncertainties, knowledge gaps, and data constraints. Regional Environmental Change.

Sehring Jenniver & Esra Buttanri (2017): The Aarhus Centres Network – 15 Years of OSCE Support to Address Environment and Security Challenges at Local Level. In: IFSH (ed.): Yearbook on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Korhonen-Kurki Kaisa, Jenniver Sehring, Maria Brockhaus & Monica Di Gregorio (2014): Enabling factors for establishing REDD+ in a context of weak governance, Climate Policy, 14:2, 167-186,

Sehring, Jenniver (2009): Path dependencies and institutional bricolage in post-Soviet water governance. In: Water Alternatives 2 (1): 61-81.

Sehring, Jenniver (2008): The Pitfalls of Irrigation Water Pricing in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In: Development 51 (1): 130-134.

Sehring, Jenniver (2007): Irrigation Reform in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In: Irrigation and Drainage Systems 21 (3-4): 277-290.

Giese, Ernst & Jenniver Sehring (2007): Konflikte ums Wasser. Nutzungskonkurrenz in Zentralasien. In: Osteuropa 57 (8-9): 483-495.

Sehring, Jenniver (2007): Die Aralsee-Katastrophe. Ein Nachruf auf das multilaterale Krisenmanagement. In: Osteuropa 57 (8-9): 497-510. (Reprint 2009 in Bernhard Chiari, Magnus Pahl (Hrsg.): Wegweiser zur Geschichte Usbekistan. Paderborn u.a.: 243-258)

Sehring, Jenniver (2007): Gebrochene Vertrage. Multilaterale Abkommen zu Flussen in Zentralasien. In: WeltTrends 15 (57): 66-78.

Sehring, Jenniver (2004): Aralsee. In: Steinbach, U.; Von Gumppenberg, M.-C.: Zentralasien. Geschichte - Politik - Wirtschaft. Munchen: C.H. Beck: 21-26.

Sehring, Jenniver (2004): Kaspisches Meer. In: Steinbach, U.; Von Gumppenberg, M.-C.: Zentralasien. Geschichte - Politik - Wirtschaft. Munchen: C.H. Beck: 143-145.

Sehring, Jenniver (2004): Wasser und Wassermanagement. In: Steinbach, U.; Von Gumppenberg, M.-C.: Zentralasien. Geschichte - Politik - Wirtschaft. Munchen: C.H. Beck: 308-313.

Sehring, Jenniver (2004): The Role of International Organisations in Fostering Regional Cooperation on Water Management. In: Seidelmann, R.; Giese, E. (eds.): Cooperation and Conflict Management in Central Asia. Frankfurt u.a.: Peter Lang Verlag: 237-249.


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