Rutgerd Boelens of the Water Resources Management group of Wageningen University has been awarded the ‘Territorial Studies’ Chair with the National Science and Technology Foundation (CONACYT) in Mexico. Hosted by El Colegio de San Luis, he will hold conferences and set up an interdisciplinary research and education program on water governance and territorial issues, collaborating with Mexican scholars of both social and natural science disciplines. The latter belong to the network of the six Mexican Postgraduate Research Schools that focus on ‘Water and Society’.
Rutgerd Boelens (Associate Professor of the Water Resources Management Group and Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Peru) was nominated for the ‘Cátedra’ position by El Colegio de San Luis Potosí and selected from among a group of prestigious candidates, to strengthen the Water and Society research program. According to CONACYT, the appointment is in recognition of Boelens’ distinguished background and knowledge on water governance and rights issues, particularly in Latin America and the Andean countries. CONACYT, El Colegio San Luis and the Water and Society program say they want to deepen the collaboration with both the Andean countries and Wageningen University regarding interdisciplinary water governance. Boelens currently coordinates the international Justicia Hídrica /Water Justice Alliance, in which Mexico is an active partner.
Together with Jeroen Vos he also directs the EU-funded European/Latin American program PARAGUAS that aims to strengthen Postgraduate Research Training on Water Governance in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico. The latter two networks, together with a new global ‘Research Action Network’ (coordinated by the Water Resources Management Group) that links the European Water Framework with the Global South, will serve as a platform for developing the activities of Boelens’ Chair in Mexico.