Michelle Kooy PhD, MSc

Associate Professor of Water Governance


Dr. Michelle Kooy joined the Department of Integrated Water Systems & Governance at IHE Delft in 2012. Prior to that, she worked in various capacities in the field of urban water services, flood resilience, and urban planning, as a: human geographer, international development policy researcher, urban development program manager, and aid advisor to donors. All of her work has focused on combining issues of social equity with ecological sustainability. Her research interests combine a focus on both the conceptual and applied dimensions of water governance, in order to understand decision making processes shaping uneven allocations of water resources and risks across urban/rural boundaries.

At IHE Delft Michelle is member of the Water Governance chair group in the Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance, where she teaches, mentors PhD and MSc students, and coordinates the research phase of the Water Governance & Management MSc. Michelle is cross-appointed to the Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and is an Associate Editor of WIRES-Water.

Current projects include:

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Recent publications

Alda, C., Kooy, M., Rusca, M. (2017) Mapping operation and maintenance: an everyday urbanism analysis of inequalities within piped water supply in Lilongwe, Malawi. Urban Geography http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2017.1292664 (download open access version here)

Wesselink, A., Kooy, M., Warner, J. (2016) Socio-hydrology and hydrosocial analysis: towards dialogues across disciplines. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews on Water. doi: 10.1002/wat2.1196 

Kooy, M., Walter, C., Prabaharyaka, I. (2016) Inclusive development of urban water services in Jakarta: the role of groundwater. Habitat Internationahttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2016.10.006

Joshi, D., Kooy, M., van den Ouden, V. (2016Development for Children, or Children for Development? Examining Children's Participation in School-Led Total Sanitation Programs. Development and Change

Etiegni, C., Irvine, K., Kooy, M. (2016) Playing by whose rules? Community norms and fisheries rules in selected beaches within Lake Victoria (Kenya) co-management. Environment, Development & Sustainability. DOI: 10.1007/s10668-016-9799-2 

Kooy, M., Wild, L., Mason, N. (2015) Doing Things Differently: Can Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Services Support Peace- and State-Building Processes? Development Policy Review.

Kooy (2014) 'Developing Informality: Jakarta's urban waterscape', Water Alternatives. http://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/alldoc/articles/vol7/v7issue1/232-a7-1-3/file

Di Baldassarre, G., Kemerink, J., Kooy, M., Brandimarte, L. (2014) Floods and societies: the spatial distribution of water-related disaster risk and its dynamics. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1015

Di Baldassarre, G., Kooy, M., Kemerink, J.Brandimarte, L. (2013) Towards understanding the dynamic behaviour of floodplains as human-water systems, Hydrology and Earth System Science. http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/10/3869/2013/hessd-10-3869-2013.html

Kooy and Wild (2012) WASH service delivery in South Sudan: Contributions to Peace building and State building. ODI research report, London: Overseas Development Institute. http://www.odi.org.uk/publications/7331-wash-conflict-water-fragile 

Kooy and Bailey (2012) WASH service delivery in DRC: Contributions to peace building and state building. ODI research report, London: Overseas Development Institute. http://www.odi.org.uk/publications/7330-tearfund-water-sanitation-hygiene-service-delivery-democratic-republic-congo-contributions-peace-building-state-building

Kooy and Harris (2012) The role of political economy analysis in improving development outcomes – case study in water supply and sanitation. ODI Project Briefings No.77. London: Overseas Development Institute. http://www.odi.org.uk/resources/docs/7797.pdf

Harris and Kooy (2012) Political economy analysis for operations in water and sanitation: a guidance note. ODI Briefing paper. http://www.odi.org.uk/resources/docs/7652.pdf

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