General Project Advisors

Floor Brouwer

Floor Brouwer is an environmental economist at Wageningen University & Research, working in the research domain green economy and the Nexus of water, food, energy and climate. He holds a PhD in economics for a study on integrated economic-ecological modelling. During the past 20 years, he has contributed to studies for the European Commission (DG RTD, DG Agri, DG Env), European Parliament, OECD and World Bank. Currently, he is scientific coordinator of the H2020 project ‘Sustainable Integrated Management for the Nexus of land-water-food-energy-climate for a resource efficient Europe’ (SIM4NEXUS).

Claudia Pahl-Wostl

Claudia Pahl-Wostl is professor for resources management and director of the Institute for Environmental Systems Research at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, and co-chair of the Global Water System Project ( Her major research interests are adaptive, multi-level governance and management of water resources, social and societal learning and their role in sustainability transformations, and conceptual and methodological frameworks to analyze social-ecological systems. Her emphasis on interdisciplinary and community-building work is reflected in her role as editor of three books and twelve special issues in peer reviewed journals.

Uta Wehn

Uta Wehn is Associate Professor of Water Innovation Studies in the Integrated Water Systems and Governance Department at UNESCO-IHE. She draws on 20 years of combined research and capacity development experience and has more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals, international conference proceedings and books on the topics of citizen science, data sharing, knowledge management, capacity development and innovation in the water sector and beyond. She holds a BSc in Computer Science and she is a trained social scientist with an MSc and PhD in Science and Technology Policy (Innovation Studies). Currently, she is the Project Director of the H2020 projects ‘AfriAlliance: Africa-EU Innovation Alliance on Water and Climate’ and ‘Ground Truth 2.0 – Environmental knowledge discovery of human sensed data’.

Thematic Advisors

Nigel Gilbert

Nigel Gilbert is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey and has a special interest in computational social science. He was one of the first social scientists to use agent-based models, in the early 1990s, and has since published widely on the methodology underlying computer modelling, on basic issues in social science that can be addressed effectively using such models, and on the value of simulation for applied problems such as understanding commercial innovation, managing environmental resources, and appraising and evaluating public policy. Professor Gilbert is also interested in the sociology of scientific knowledge and in complexity science.

Nuria Hernández-Mora

Dr. Nuria Hernández-Mora is a specialist in water governance and water policy analysis with over 20 years of experience in research and consulting primarily on water policy in the EU context. She actively collaborates with Spanish social movements and environmental groups that work to defend the cultural, environmental and socioeconomic values of their hydrosocial landscapes. She is author or co-author of more than 65 publications in the fields of water governance, water markets, policy analysis, risk management, public participation and transparency. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua ( which she presided between 2010-2013.

Aloisius Louie

Dr. Aloisius H. Louie is a mathematical biologist, an independent researcher based in Ottawa, Canada. His approach to the subject is called ‘relational biology’, in the school of Nicolas Rashevsky and Robert Rosen. He has thus far written two books on the subject: More Than Life Itself [ontos 2009] and The Reflection of Life [Springer 2013]. Function dictates structure: “Throw away the matter and keep the underlying organization.”

Erik S. Reinert

Erik S. Reinert is Professor of Technology Governance and Development Strategies at Tallinn University of Technology. He is also chairman of The Other Canon Foundation in Norway. Reinert holds a BA from Hochschule St. Gallen, an MBA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. In 2016 his book How Rich Countries got Rich…and why Poor Countries Stay Poor was shortlisted by World Economics Association for the election of the 10 most important economics books during the last 100 years.

Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. He has published 37 books and nearly 500 papers on these topics. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy). In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 global thinkers and in 2013 he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. He has worked as a consultant for many US, EU and international institutions, has been an invited speaker in more than 400 conferences and workshops in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa, and has lectured at many universities in North America, Europe and East Asia.

Philip B. Stark

Philip B. Stark is Professor of Statistics, Associate Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, director of the Statistical Computing Facility, and leads Berkeley Open Source Food, all at the University of California, Berkeley. Stark has a BA in Philosophy (Princeton University) and a PhD in Earth Science (University of California, San Diego). He works on uncertainty quantification and inference in applications ranging from cosmology and seismology to climate, ecology, elections, fraud, and food sustainability and access.

Gender Action Committee

Maddalena Ripa

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Charlotte Verburg

University of Twente (UT)

Luis Zamarioli

Climate Analytics (CA)