This is one of two PhD positions that are part of an international and multidisciplinary research project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe programme entitled “Water Efficient Allocation in a Central Asian Transboundary River Basin”. The overall project goal is to develop and demonstrate a climate-sensitive Decision Support System (DSS) for water allocation in two sub-catchments of a transboundary glacier-fed river basin in Central Asia. Based on an innovative, data-driven water information system rooted in a deep understanding of local water availability, users’ water needs, water footprints, and allocation principles and policies, the project will enable local water managers and stakeholders to increase shared benefits for communities, the economy, and the environment, while fostering the adaptation of water resources management and planning to climate change.
The specific focus of your PhD project is to develop a conceptual framework, including its constituent approaches and indicators, to express the economic and societal value of water. You will draw insights from both literature on various societal, economic, and environmental value assessments and valuation techniques, as well as expectations and needs of local stakeholders. You will apply and validate your frameworks in the context of the two case study river basins in Central Asia, using quantitative data on green and blue water footprints of water-using activities (both for domestic consumption and related to virtual water trade) in conjunction with (local) socio-economic data. You will work together with other project partners and local stakeholders to co-design alternative water allocation strategies that capture currently overlooked social and environmental costs and benefits provided by the water resources. Moreover, you will translate these alternative allocation strategies into a serious game tailored to the local context, to be played with end-users in the region. Beside the clear policy relevance of your work, this PhD project has strong potential for ground-breaking scientific research, particularly in improving our understanding of the multiple values of water in a real-world setting and in identifying trade-offs and synergies between sustainable, equitable, efficient, and resilient allocation of water under climate change.
Information and application
For additional information regarding this position, you can contact prof.dr.ir. Markus Berger, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women are explicitly asked to apply for this position. This is part of the University of Twente’s strategy to increase the proportion of women among its faculty and to create a working environment that is diverse and inclusive and supportive of excellence in research and teaching.
Please apply by uploading in one integrated file::
- a motivation letter (1 page),
- your CV (max 3 pages),
- relevant certificates and references
until 15 October 2022 using the link below.
The first (online) job interview will take place on 8 or 9 November 2022.
A Game Based Assessment can be part of the selection procedure.
About the department
Freshwater is essential to sustain life, economic development and the environment, but it is also a vulnerable resource whose availability and quality varies strongly around the globe. We need to understand the natural and socio-economic processes that affect water resources and develop solutions for water scarcity, flooding and pollution.
The Chair of Multidisciplinary Water Management (MWM) develops and applies holistic approaches which promote sustainable and resilient management of water systems. Particularly, we study the dynamics of supply and demand of water resources in interaction with climate, land use, energy transition and agricultural management as well as production, trade and consumption. The methods we use include water footprint and life cycle assessment, hydrological modelling and integrated
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