Research and Professional Interests
Barbara van Koppen is the Principal Researcher on Poverty, Gender, and Water with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). She is currently based in the Southern Africa Regional Program, South Africa. As a rural sociologist and gender expert, her research focuses on the institutional and legal aspects of pro-poor and gender-equitable multiple use water services (MUS) in Africa and Asia. She has co-organized several international research conferences and for research and policy debate with grassroots water users, policy makers, and senior program managers. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership. Before joining IWMI, she was a lecturer for Gender and Irrigation at Wageningen University and Research Center, Netherlands, where she also obtained her PhD. Earlier, she worked for five years with SNV (Foundation of Netherlands Volunteers) as a Dutch volunteer in Burkina Faso in gender, agriculture, and irrigation projects. She is editor, author, and co-author of three books and over 80 international publications.
Dr. van Koppen attended a high level conference organized by the Global Water Program at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center on Accelerating sustainable, people-centered integrated water services for the poor, August 29 - September 2, 2011.
policy, poverty, gender, water, south africa