Rick Hogeboom


H.J. Hogeboom, MSc.


Water Engineering & Management


+31 53 489 3911

Tel. Secretary

+31 53 489 4320





PhD student

Postal Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Department of Civil Engineering
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

Current Research

“Assessing and addressing inter-annual variability in blue water scarcity at high spatiotemporal resolution on a global scale”

Freshwater is a finite and vulnerable resource, essential to sustaining life, development and environment. The continuing rise in freshwater demand, however, has led to a growing scarcity in many parts of the world. Future influences of climate change, population growth and economic developments are expected to further increase the stress on freshwater resources. Unfortunately, the scientific community still has to resort to time-averaged analyses in long-term global water assessments. Since scarcity manifests itself in dryer rather than average years, a more comprehensive understanding of water scarcity requires analyses on finer temporal scales than was possible thus far.

In PhD research, I aim to assess inter-annual variability in blue water footprints, availability and scarcity at a high spatiotemporal resolution and address the implications of this variability on the application of two promising water-allocation policy measures: setting water-footprint caps per river basin and using water-footprint benchmarks for water-using activities. I start with the river basins in Europe, followed by a global analysis.

Innovative methodological elements I use include the proven Water Footprint Assessment (WFA) methodology and instrumentation; the state-of-the-art global hydrology model PCRGLOB-WB; and the inclusion of a sounding board composed of stakeholders from the public and private sector worldwide provided by consortium partner Water Footprint Network.

The application of research outputs by policy makers (for developing water footprint caps and benchmarks) and corporations (for greening their supply chains) promise leverage with regards to socio-economic output.

Key words: Freshwater resources; Water footprint; Water availability; Water scarcity; Water use efficiency; Water governance

Short CV

2014 – Present

Organisation of ‘Wetskills Water Challenge’

Wetskills is an initiative from the Dutch water sector to equip the next generation of water leaders. During a Wetskills Challenge, Dutch and foreign students and young professionals are brought together to collaborate on water-related issues during a two-week exchange program, culminating in the presenting of results at a high-level water event.

2013 – 2015

Researcher at Twente Water Centre, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Water productivity modelling funded by EU-FP7 programme Flexible and Precision Irrigation Platform to Improve Farm Scale Water Productivity (FIGARO – 12 months) and Twente Graduate School (TGS – 6 months).

2012 – 2013

Graduate Researcher at ITC Faculty of Geo-Science and Earth Observation, Enschede, The Netherlands.

Groundwater system analysis for Lake Naivasha Basin, Kenya under NWO-WOTRO funded programme Earth Observation and Integrated Assessment (EOIA).

2009 – 2013


Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Management, with distinction.

University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Track Water Engineering and Management.

2006 – 2009

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Management.

University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

2005 – 2007

Military training and propaedeutics for the rank of Officer in the Corps of Engineers.

Royal Military Academy, Breda, The Netherlands.