Dr. Michelle Kooy joined UNESCO-IHE in 2012 as a lecturer in Urban Water Governance. Prior to that, she worked in various capacities in the field of water supply, sanitation, flood resilience, and international development, as a: human geographer, international development policy researcher, research fellow, urban development program manager, and aid advisor to donors. All of her work has focused on combining issues of equity to ecological sustainability, primarily in urban areas and covering all aspects of water supply, sanitation/wastewater, flooding, and more.
At UNESCO-IHE Michelle is member of the Water Governance chair group in the Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance, where she teaches a module on Urban Water Governance and is the MSc Research Coordinator. 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.
An overview of her current projects and recent publications are listed here. In the project Sustainable freshwater supply in urbanizing Maputo, Mozambique Michelle is a member of the PhD supervision committee (together with Maria Rusca and Margreet Zwarteveen/Pieter van der Zaag) for the social science PhD candidates studying at UNESCO-IHE.