Prof. Dr Stefan Uhlenbrook

Director Academic Affairs, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Stefan Uhlenbrook

Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook (born in 1969) works with UNESCO-IHE since January 2005 as Professor of Hydrology and was appointed as Director for Academic Affairs a.i. (acting Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs) in August 2010.

Prof. Uhlenbrook obtained his PhD in Hydrology at the University of Freiburg, Germany (1999). After working as assistant and associate professor in Germany, he became Professor of Hydrology at UNESCO-IHE (Delft, The Netherlands; 2005) and at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2005-2010). Since 2009, he is also Professor of Experimental Hydrology at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

His main expertise as a hydrologist is in the area of hydrological processes research and river basin modeling at various scales (from headwater to river basin scale). He is an expert in using experimental techniques (e.g. tracer methods) to explore flow pathways and residence times of water, and he has (co-) developed a distributed hydrological model that was applied in catchments in various hydro-climatic regions. Many of his research projects study the impact of global changes on water cycle dynamics in different areas in Africa and Asia.

Prof. Uhlenbrook is a well-established scientist. He received several awards, is frequently invited to give keynote presentations at international conferences, has been member of several editorial boards of top journals in the field of water and environment, and he has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers in ISI-listed journals. Furthermore, he has been involved in steering committees of a number of international initiatives and programmes (e.g. UNESCO-IHP, IAHS-PUB, HELP etc.).

Finally, prof. Uhlenbrook is a dedicated and well appreciated educator; he has been lecturing and supervising students in many university programmes worldwide. Since he became Director of Academic Affairs, he has large responsibilities for the education and research programmes of UNESCO-IHE and several partner institutes that are involved in joint education and research programmes. He is taking this challenge and wants to upscale the impact of these programmes further to contribute effectively to sustainable management of water and environmental resources through education, research and capacity development.