Dr. Erik Mostert


Dr Mostert studied law and public administration at Leiden University. He is currently at the Delft University of Technology as assistant professor, coordinator of the Water Management curriculum, and vice-chairman of the Board of Examiners Civil Engineering and Applied earth Sciences. His expertise includes water law and ethics, social learning and collaboration processes.


A major challenge in water management is to determine the direction and cope with conflicting interests. Over the years solutions have been developed for this challenge, but new issues such as climate change and population growth have emerged that require new solutions. In his research Dr Mostert focuses on innovation processes, long-term institutional adaptation, and the environmental and community values that can underpin innovation and adaptation.

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Educational activities

  • Water law and organisation (CIE5500)
  • Integrated water management (CIE4450)
  • Water works in practice (CIE3411)
  • Research skills (CIE5431), social science module
  • MSc coordinator Water management
  • Vice-chairman of the Board of Examiners Civil Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences


Mostert, E.: Conflict and co-operation in international freshwater management; A global review, Journal of River Basin Management, 1, 1-12, 2003.

Mostert, E., Pahl-Wostl, C., Rees, Y., Searle, B., Tàbara, D., and Tippett, J.: Social learning in European river basin management; Barriers and supportive mechanisms from 10 river basins, Ecology and Society, 12, 19, 2007.

Mostert, E.: International cooperation on Rhine water quality 1945-2008: an example to follow?, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 34, 142-149, 2009.

Mostert, E.: Water management on the Island of IJsselmonde 1000-1953; Polycentric governance, adaptation and petrification, Ecology and Society, 17, 12, 10.5751/ES-04956-170312, 2012.

Mostert, E.: Who should do what in environmental management?; Twelve principles for allocating responsibilities, Environmental Science and Policy, 45, 123-131, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2014.10.008, 2015.

Mostert, E.: Between arguments, interests and expertise: the institutional development of the Dutch water boards, 1953-present, Water History, 9, 129-146, dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12685-016-0154-1, 2017.

Mostert, E.: An alternative approach for socio‒hydrology: case study research, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22, 317-329, doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-317-2018, 2018.

Mostert, E.: River basin management and community; The Great Ouse Basin, 1850-present, International Journal of River Basin Management, 16, 51-59, 10.1080/15715124.2017.1339355, 2018.

Other activities

  • Associate editor International Journal of River Basin Management
  • Vice-chairman of the Board of Examiners Civil Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences

Erik Mostert

Assistant professor