Pieter van Oel


Email: pieter.vanoel@wur.nl
ResearchGate profile

Water shortage and drought affect more people than any other hazard today. Yet, means to induce, aggravate or alleviate water stress are also in human hands. People’s use of water, water management, trade and consumption practices have (unintended) consequences, both positive and negative ones.
To promote sustainable development Pieter van Oel develops and applies concepts and tools to avail actionable knowledge for empowering actors in water governance and drought management to take timely and informed actions for anticipating and responding to water-related problems.

Pieter is assistant professor at Wageningen University. Previously, he worked at the University of Twente. Pieter is an expert in socio-hydrology, water resources management and water footprint assessment. He developed the ‘downstreamness’ concept for analysing the emergence and evolution of hydrological drought. This concept is also helpful for identifying priority locations for water management interventions.

Selected publications

Hoekstra, A.Y., Chapagain, A.K. and Van Oel, P.R. (2017) Advancing water footprint assessment research: Challenges in monitoring progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 6, Water, 9(6): 438. Find it here

Pahlow, M., P.R. van Oel, M.M. Mekonnen and A.Y. Hoekstra (2015) Increasing pressure on freshwater resources due to terrestrial feed ingredients for aquaculture production, Science of the Total Environment, 536: 847–857. Find it here

van Oel, P.R. and Hoekstra, A.Y. (2012) Towards quantification of the water footprint of paper: A first estimate of its consumptive component, Water Resources Management, 26(3): 733-749. Find it here

van Oel, P.R., Mekonnen M.M. and Hoekstra, A.Y. (2009) The external water footprint of the Netherlands: Geographically-explicit quantification and impact assessment, Ecological Economics, 69(1): 82-92. Find it here