Marcela Brugnach

Marcela Brugnach PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Water Engineering and Management group in the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Twente. She has completed doctoral studies in both Bioresource Engineering and Forest Ecology from Oregon State University (USA, 2003), and a masters degree in Computer Science from Universidad Nacional del Centro (Argentina, 1991). After completing her doctoral education, she became a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis (USA, 2003-2005), and, later on, a research associate in the Institute for Environmental Systems Research at the University of Osnabrück (Germany, 2005-2009).

Dr Brugnach’s research focuses on collective decision making processes in natural resources management. Her expertise includes computer modelling and simulations, participatory processes and decision making under uncertainty. Her research combines quantitative and participatory methods of inquiry and modelling. Over the past years she has been developing concepts and innovative methods to handle uncertainty in collective decision making processes. In September 2009 she joined the University of Twente, and since then she devotes her time to lecturing, supervising students and carrying out research in topics that are concerned with modelling and decision making in water resources management.

At the UT, she has coordinated and taught the courses “Tools for Water Policy Analysis” –with Prof. Eelco van Beek – until last year, and currently, she is in charge of the course “Integrated Water Management” – with Dr. Govert Geldof - offered as part of the MSc programme in Civil Engineering. She has supervised several students at the bachelor, MSc and PhD level, and she is also an active member of the Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) of the University of Twente.

Latest Publications

Warmink J, M Brugnach, J Vinke de Kruijf, R M J Schielen and D C M Augustijn. Coping with uncertainty in river management: challenges and ways forward. Under review in Water Resources Management. In press. 

Giordano R, M Brugnach and I Pluchinotta. 2017. Ambiguity in problem framing as a barrier to collective actions: some hints from groundwater protection policy in the Apulia Region. Group Decision and Negotiation. On line.

Hassenforder E, M Brugnach, B Cullen, N Ferrand, O Barreteau, KA Daniell and J Pittok. 2016. Managing frame diversity in environmental participatory processes - Example from the Fogera Woreda in Ethiopia. Journal of Environmental Management. 177, 288-297

Key Publications

(For a complete list of publications click here)

Brugnach, M. 2017. The space in between: where multiple ways of knowing in water management meet. Special Issue on Helen Ingram and her contributions to water, environment, and policy scholarship. Journal of the Southwest. In press

Brugnach M and H Ingram. 2017. Ways of Knowing and the co-Production of Blended Knowledge. Book chapter in Science and Scientists in the Contemporary Policy Process: Changing Context, Changing Science and the Challenge of Science Impact, E. Weber, D. Lach and B. Steel. Eds. Oregon State University Press. In press

Brugnach M and H Ingram, 2012. Ambiguity: The challenges of knowing and deciding together. Environmental Science and Policy, 15: 60-71

Brugnach M, A Dewulf, HJ Henricksen and P van der Keur. 2011. More is not always better: Coping with ambiguity in natural resources management. Journal of Environmental Management, 92(1):78-84 (IF 3.245, citations in Scopus 37)

Brugnach M, A Dewulf, C Pahl-Wostl and T Taillieu. 2008. Towards a relational concept of uncertainty: about knowing too little, knowing too differently and accepting not to know. Ecology & Society, 13(2).

Contact Information

Water Engineering and Management Group | University of Twente
PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede | Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede the Netherlands
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